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Randy Kearse

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Mass Incarceration: Who is REALLY the blame?

You would think, me of all people would be screaming "Stop Mass Incarceration" to the top of my lunges, being I have spent almost 15 years of my life in federal prison, snared in the "War on Drugs".

But and that's a big BUT, before I heed to the emotional temptation to use "Mass Incarceration" as a reason and/or excuse for my long incarceration I have to ask myself one simple question, who is REALLY the blame for my "Mass Incarceration"?

Invoke racial discord, speak of injustice and it's very easy to get people to fall in line for almost any cause.

I sold drugs, I carried guns, and by 21 was knee deep in drug trade. I lived that lifestyle because I chose to, not because I was FORCED to. So again, who is REALLY the blame?

I have heard lots of arguments about the causes of Mass Incarceration and there's only one that rings true for me and that is, the police do police the black community more aggressively. That I know, but a lot of the other arguments fall short for me.

As a criminal, you know the risks involved in your behavior. You accept that. But you can't cry foul "victim of Mass Incarceration" once you find yourself locked up for a crime you feel doesn't fit the time. Nobody promise you it's going to be fair, once you break a law you leave yourself open to the consequences no matter how severe.

Now if you're TOTALLY INNOCENT that's a different story.

Here's the thing, I have friends who grew up in the same environment as I did, and some in worse homes, but not all of them sold drugs, carried guns, went to prison used drugs, dropped out of school, or became teenage parents.

Mass Incarceration: Who is really the blame? The choices I made back then were my own. The choices I make today are my own, Author, TV Talk Show Host, Speaker, Successful Ex-Offender.

The Devil Tempted Adam with an Apple. Once he bit the Apple Adam couldn't turn around say "Hey that's not fair."

By the way, I quit a job to sell drugs.

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    Feb 11 2014: Hi Randy, congratulations on reform…Were you possibly driven with greed or even hatred (towards authority) and do you believe the prohibition of drugs is working, is legalization the right way forward? Hope you don't mind me starting a conversation within your topic, I am interested to see what anyone else might say and I didn't want to jump into my own separate 'new' conversation at the moment.

    Hi All,
    It costs £46,000 a year per prisoner in the UK to incarcerate, whilst, average earnings (of the '99'%) are well below this level, hence, is the world of work and unemployment, a greater form of incarceration than the world of prison? Should the working free have a greater societal annual financial worth than the criminally incarcerated?

    Does economic stagnation induce the criminal capacity to overcome obstacles (laws) to succeed in an opportunistic environment split between scarcity and abundance? There has been a 19% increase in rates of petty crime (shoplifting) during the economic downturn and austerity measures against poorer members of the public. The increase included many first time offenders, mainly single mothers stealing to maintain a standard of scarcity for their children.

    To what extent does financial discrimination in the world of work and unemployment, contribute to the attractiveness of crime to achieve the illusive dream of a few and to what extent is the survival instinct a driver of crime?

    If egalitarian societies like Denmark are achieving lower levels of crime and incarceration compared to societies with large inequality gaps, is that model the right way forward, in terms of justice for all?

    If you had £46,000 per year, per individual available to rehabilitate each criminally prosecuted individual…what method, idea or combination of methods and ideas, would you utilize to rehabilitate, given many people leaving prison re-offend?

    Also, are lower paid humans inferior beings?

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