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Money now spent on prosecution be spent to change society and sub-population groups to prevent crime.

A great deal of dollars are being spent on prosecution of criminals in a process that does not seem to work efficiently or effectively at elimination of or reducing crime. Suppose all of those dollars were spent on positive projects to cause people to behave in honorable, legal ways. That might be a more effective way of spending taxpayer dollars to reduce crime.

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  • Jan 27 2013: Building strong families will not stop crime.
    Teaching morals or morality will not stop crime.
    Religion will not stop crime.
    Passing laws will not stop crime.
    Virtually everything done by humans has not stopped crime.
    Building more prisons will not stop crime.
    Incarcerating more people will not stop crimes.

    By the way, since more and more prisons in America are privately owned businesses,
    they are now like any other business.
    They are in competition for dollars, they need customers, and they need steady growth,
    leading to more and higher profits.

    That means more criminal activity and if there is none, then passing more laws which serve to
    make more of the public into criminals.

    With the kinds of pressures and stresses constantly added to our survival environment,
    it only stands to reason that more people will wind up breaking a law just to survive.

    Ultimately, survival will become more and more against the law, except in very narrowly defined constraints.
    or restraints if one is so unlucky.
    People below a certain age today ((maybe 30-35?), in America now stand a much better chance of being sent to prison in their lifetimes along with their children, whether or not they have built a strong family.
    Just ask black people who have some very strong family units and as Richard Pryor once said, "look around in the Halls of Justice, and what do you see? Just -us."

    Get rid of the reasons for crime and you will have virtually no crime.
    The main, direct reason, proven by studies is money.

    In essence, there is no such thing as a "criminal mind" and there is no such thing as the "criminally minded"
    unless, and until, you can study,observe, and conclude upon someone who has committed a crime in a
    society in which there are no reasons to commit crimes.
    THEN, you have a good idea that they might have a criminal mind.

    Many are labeled as such when they are not, but that concept is used again and again to institutionalize those outside the bars as much as those inside.
    • Jan 27 2013: Random, perhaps the implication of what you are saying is: Release all imprisoned people who are in prison because of (nonviolent) crimes committed based on the need for survival necessitated by lack of money. That is certainly an idea worth considering. Thanks for your input.

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