Blog Entry #13: Improving the Criminal Justice/Prison Systems
I also think our criminal justice/prison systems would be a lot better off if we took a more educational (versus a punitive) approach. In the case of violent crimes, I think incarceration is important to maintain the safety of the public, but when it comes to some nonviolent crimes (especially drugs), I think we should be investing more in rehabilitation than in punishment. More often than not, the people we are imprisoning need help, not to be locked up, where they often have access to drugs even more readily than on the streets. Education, compassion, and rehabilitation are key, in my opinion.