Currently, one percent of all Americans are spending their days locked up behind bars. This is a country that leads all others in prison population, despite being the most advanced society in the world. Conservatives are the ones recognizing the problem now, not the bleeding hearts, and for a number of sound reasons besides “it’s not nice to lock people up”.
- Prisons are sucking up a lot of money. There is no denying this. Most state corrections budgets are wasting about 85% of their money managing prison populations. That is an increase of over 50% since 2001. There has to be a cheaper way to keep people from committing crimes.
- Freedom is at the soul of every conservative decision. This is true. We don’t like to take away peoples rights, unless they are a true threat to our society. There are other ways to control non-violent criminals, that force them to pay their own way. Like house arrest. Keep them inside eating their own food and washing their own clothes the way we do with underground pet containment systems used to keep our dogs from escaping. A trackable device and a systems operation is a lot cheaper to run then an entire prison. K9 wireless fences work on dogs, and on a larger scale work on people too.
- Criminals need to be held accountable for their actions in order for real reform to take place. How difficult is a few months in jail really for a repeat offender. Almost feels like home to them.
- Justice has to become colorblind. The prison population does not realistically represent the population of America, and this is a problem no matter how you to try and attribute the racial disparity. If black Americans are committing more crimes, then we need to implement social programs to remedy that. If it is a racially biased justice system that is causing this, then that is an even larger issue that cannot continue.
- Victims deserve to be compensated, and that is not going to happen when the criminal is behind bars. If allowed to participate in state governed work programs outside of jail, then they can be forced to at least pay financial restitution to the people they have hurt.
- As conservatives, we are willing to admit that we made mistakes in the past, and are working towards fixing those. A hard line and 3 strike laws just made the system worse. We accept that as our mistake, and are looking at ways to remedy it.
Our motives may not be induced by sympathy for criminals, but conservatives do recognize that there is a serious problem and are working on ways to change that. Otherwise, the cycle will just continue, and those numbers will take another giant leap forward in the next ten years.