Short Sighted Part of Prison Series

Written by Ed Howes

There are two major causes of crime in America today. One cause is professional lawmaking in government that passes new laws against previously legal behaviors, day after day, without ceasing. The second cause is lousy parenting, most especially inrepparttar first five years of a child's life. The damage done is seldom reversed, often compounded.

The abused and neglected child eventually learns to abuse and neglect others because s/he has learned from negative models; inrepparttar 132375 home,repparttar 132376 school andrepparttar 132377 neighborhood. S/he sees life as a struggle for survival and power. Poorly equipped to use power constructively through observation, any power is most often applied destructively and eventually, unlawfully.

Society does not want to see that criminals, in most cases, begin as victims for who law offers little to no protection. Society, in its foolishness, pays forrepparttar 132378 crimes committed by its victims. It pays forrepparttar 132379 investigation and apprehension of its new criminals. It pays forrepparttar 132380 prosecution of them, and then pays for years of housing them in cruel, degrading, inhumane and humiliating cages. Cages that increaserepparttar 132381 neglect and abuse that set people on a criminal path inrepparttar 132382 first place; cages that transform people into beasts and monsters, no matter whatrepparttar 132383 crime.

In many cases a convict was supporting or contributing torepparttar 132384 support of a family when arrested. The loss of family support then becomes an obligation to restore torepparttar 132385 innocent that which imprisonment denies them. Society likes to think a prisoner is paying a debt to society. The prisoner is paying nothing to society for caging allows a prisoner to do little or nothing of social value. It is society that at once pays all costs relating torepparttar 132386 caging and is creating a debt torepparttar 132387 prisoner that will never be repaid. The recovery ofrepparttar 132388 prisoner's lost production.

Society, in its infinite foolishness, prefers one size fits all punishment and cares nothing about punishment fitting crimes. Confinement fitsrepparttar 132389 crime of kidnapping and murder. Confinement is murder. One day at a time. Fear, resentment, anger and rage providerepparttar 132390 daily sustenance for prisoners. When they then behave as we should expect, new punishments are heaped upon them.

Next, society decides prisoners have been punished enough and they are released withrepparttar 132391 advice to get their act together. No grubstake, little hope for lawful employment and probably little family support. They violate parole or re offends in some fashion because they have become institutionalized and socially dysfunctional, byrepparttar 132392 abuse and neglect of cruel and usual punishment. The cycle repeats.

In Old Testament times,repparttar 132393 punishments fitrepparttar 132394 crimes in cruel and merciless fashion. Jesus would later say this form of punishment was allowed due torepparttar 132395 hardness ofrepparttar 132396 social heart or consciousness. Then He said we must forget those old ways - that we should love our enemies and pray for those who trespass against us and forgive them their crimes. Prisons arerepparttar 132397 proof His words fall on deaf ears that want nothing to do with mercy or forgiveness. The hard hearts ofrepparttar 132398 days of old makerepparttar 132399 rules of today and a so- called Christian nation mocks Christ. Merciless fools will soon be mocked by Christ and their victims alike. There will be no mercy inrepparttar 132400 mocking.

Partner Up

Written by Ed Howes

Once upon a time, large multi - generational families accumulated property and capital so that all family members enjoyed both economic and social security. Though there is much political talk about family values, large families working forrepparttar common good are a thing ofrepparttar 132373 past and perhaps a thing ofrepparttar 132374 future. The problem is now. Now we have small, fractured families with no common purpose and little common interest. Individuals are becoming increasingly isolated in society. Is there some kind of social organization to provide us that which an extended family once did?

It seems to me that interest based partnerships, clubs and associations could be practical substitutes for extended families. What argues against such informal groups isrepparttar 132375 lack of free time to pursue regular meetings. The great irony is that group efforts could help free up time forrepparttar 132376 individual members.

We can use single mothers as an example. One struggling single mother posts an ad on a neighborhood bulletin board or electronic board or local printed periodicals. She announces a new association to assist single mothers in their struggle and gives contact information. In a few weeks a group is formed and they schedule a meeting to discuss individual needs and ways they could work together to fulfill them. One makes a list of needs and proposed solutions. Meeting adjourns. Every mother gets a copy ofrepparttar 132377 list to think about for a week or two and each has contact information forrepparttar 132378 others. Nowrepparttar 132379 mothers have met others in similar situations and have shared ideas with each other and possibly offers of help. Each mother can now contact one or more ofrepparttar 132380 others to discuss ideas for pooling resources, increasing incomes and free time. Atrepparttar 132381 same time,repparttar 132382 mothers can discussrepparttar 132383 best ways to provide stability forrepparttar 132384 children withoutrepparttar 132385 need for fathers. Good father figures can be found forrepparttar 132386 group in due time, with mutual security coming first, eliminating dependencies on unreliable helpers/ lovers.

Perhaps an early project for these mothers would be to find paid work that can be done at home a few hours per day. Perhaps they will decide how many could live together in a group home, reducing housing costs for all, leaving two adults inrepparttar 132387 home days to provide child care. Ifrepparttar 132388 mothers could find retired family members who would live in and assist them, so muchrepparttar 132389 better. The idea is to create an artificial family that servesrepparttar 132390 purposes ofrepparttar 132391 natural family.

Because these mothers may have been strangers to one another, unlike siblings, it would be good for them to get to know each other beyond superficial appearances. Personal astrological and numerological reports could be shared with one another, so individual differences are acknowledged and respected. Such reports could then be obtained for allrepparttar 132392 children. All mothers would then have a good idea of who each child is and their individual needs. If there are males involved withrepparttar 132393 group, their help could be valuable in making connections inrepparttar 132394 community and in direct support ofrepparttar 132395 group, including child care.

Even if an interest based group does not live together, regular communication among members will help individuals find and avail themselves of opportunities otherwise lost to those in greatest need of assistance. Group members could physically meet as seldom as once a month and still provide a lot of help to each other, added torepparttar 132396 regular informal communication between individuals.

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