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 in 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; in home, school and 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 for crimes committed by its victims. It pays for investigation and apprehension of its new criminals. It pays for prosecution of them, and then pays for years of housing them in cruel, degrading, inhumane and humiliating cages. Cages that increase neglect and abuse that set people on a criminal path in first place; cages that transform people into beasts and monsters, no matter what crime.
In many cases a convict was supporting or contributing to support of a family when arrested. The loss of family support then becomes an obligation to restore to 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 to caging and is creating a debt to prisoner that will never be repaid. The recovery of prisoner's lost production.
Society, in its infinite foolishness, prefers one size fits all punishment and cares nothing about punishment fitting crimes. Confinement fits crime of kidnapping and murder. Confinement is murder. One day at a time. Fear, resentment, anger and rage provide 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 with 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, by abuse and neglect of cruel and usual punishment. The cycle repeats.
In Old Testament times, punishments fit crimes in cruel and merciless fashion. Jesus would later say this form of punishment was allowed due to hardness of 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 are proof His words fall on deaf ears that want nothing to do with mercy or forgiveness. The hard hearts of days of old make 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 in mocking.