We need to work together, right and left, more often.
(Note – I published this before seeing an article about major left and right organizations joining forces on this very issue)
Back in the 1970s the left wing tried to institute a rehabilitation program into America’s prison system. The idea was to ensure that when an inmate is released from prison they would have the skills necessary to be a productive member of society. There was a large backlash. Anytime an ex-convict committed a crime it was front page news, usually with a comment about how “those bleeding heart liberals” value the lives of the dregs of society over the safety of your children.
There are still vestiges of the old rehabilitation in place, but for the most part prison life has become much harsher. The opposite of rehabilitation now occurs in most prisons. All too often somebody who has served a short sentence for a minor crime…
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