Question #7: Why does the criminal justice system need reform?
The criminal justice system has become more expensive and less effective.
The US spends more than $80 billion annually on state and federal corrections. Include judicial, legal, and law enforcement expenditures that number increases to $260 billion.
The Drug War alone has cost over a trillion dollars and has resulted in a system of mass incarceration where now the US who represent 5% of the world’s population holds 25% of the world's incarcerated in its jails and prisons.
Over 2.4 million people are incarcerated in the US. Roughly, 7 million people are under the supervision of adult correctional system. 1 in every 35 adults in the US: are on probation, on parole, or incarcerated in prison or jail.
Despite increased spending, recidivism rates remain high. Four out of every ten adult offenders return to prison within three years of release.
The current trend towards privatization of prisons only exacerbates the commodification of the incarcerated. The time is now to dismantle, reform and transform our system.
Judicial Reform - Incarceration vs. Rehabilitation.
I stand for judicial reform. I believe in rehabilitation vs incarceration. It cost taxpayers $60 a day to keep one person incarcerated. Missouri's prison system is running at 105 percent of capacity. 70% of inmates at WERDC are incarcerated for drugs. Opioid epidemic is real we need solutions not incarceration.
* Time to fix this system. Make these women productive members of society again.
Missouri's Incarceration Rate Highest for Women. 70% of women incarcerated at WERDCC are in there for drug offenses. According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Missouri's incarceration rate has increased in recent years and is well over the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, Missouri's incarceration rate increased by 4 percent and was eighth highest in the nation in 2015. The state can invest $189 million to treat offenders in the community for behavioral health problems or risk paying $485 million to build new prisons. Missouri's prison system is running at 105 percent of capacity.
Missouri's Incarceration Rate Highest for Women
This is just a glimpse of some of the issues regarding judicial reform. I have a lot more I’d like to address regarding this issue.
People need to realize that the justice system is non-existent, for the most part. It is more apt to be called the “JUST US” system and it is really set up to work against the citizens, contrary to what people have been conditioned to believe.
Let’s take a look at something many do not like to acknowledge >>> REALITY
- The police officer who writes you a ticket or arrest you – works for the STATE
- The attorney that you hire – is Licensed by the STATE
- The prosecutor who wants to put you in jail/prison – works for the STATE
- The Judge who oversees the court proceedings – works for the STATE
- The jail/prison that you go to – all employees there – work for the STATE
- The probation/parole officer that you get assigned to – works for the STATE
- All fines and fees that are assessed to you by the court – goes to the STATE
See, the system is set up to benefit the STATE. If there were very few arrests, it would not be good for the “JUST US” system. It would not be good for the pay, career, pensions/ retirement for the employees of the STATE. It is in their best interest to create/work in a POLICE STATE…the more arresting/jailing of the citizens, the more secure their jobs are.
Sadly, most people still believe that the employees of the STATE are here to “SERVE & PROTECT” or represent we, the people. The REALITY of it is, they are not! Occasionally, just like the random winner at a casino, a citizen may get real justice in the “JUST US” system to help keep up the illusion that the system works, but in REALITY, it is rare.
I am running for office to be the change I want to see. Thank you for your support and VOTE. #VoteWisdom4Congress
Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.
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