The question of solving crime is not all that simple because simply stated it is the manifestation of problems that are far deeper than just crime. Thinking in terms of prisons as the solution is like trying to help an addict recover by placing them in a locked room for a period of time without addressing the causes that lead to the addiction.
George will has done a great job in addressing the problems leading up to crime in his editorial Lifting up the fatherless is getting harder to do.
“….Sugar Bear grew up mostly on the streets, episodically drifting into and out of the care, such as it was, of various female relatives. He kept moving on because one relative was beaten to death in an alley, another killed by a shotgun blast, another had Drano poured in her eyes for reasons Sugar Bear does not remember. He supported himself gathering discarded bottles for their deposits, and cadging hamburgers and peanut butter sandwiches from sympathetic strangers….”
To many, this can be sluffed off as an aberation but I have been in over 25 prisons in the last 15 years and done well over 2,000 programs at a conservative effort and I am here to tell you that this is not an aberation. This is life in these united states of America. This is life in the big city and better hidden in the country side.
Think not, then lets fast forward the clock to today Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing “…Defenses attorneys had argued for leniency after presenting evidence from family members and mental health experts about Bustamante’s troubled childhood. Bustamante was born to teenage, drug-abusing parents; her father was imprisoned and her mother abandoned her, leaving her in the legal custody of her grandmother….”
This will not cease till both our community leaders and political leaders decide that it is time to break their love affair with politics and power and to become involved with the realities of our children and those raising them.