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A man in Mississippi is heading up the river for the rest of his life after he was caught heisting some stuff from a Kohl's store and then led police on a car chase. Oh, and also because he'd been convicted 10 previous times.
After being arrested for trying to cash in his five-finger discount at Kohl's, local police in Mississippi ran the man's name through the system and came up with a bonanza of a rap sheet from his days in Tennessee: 18 arrests, 10 convictions (4 felony convictions; 6 prior felonies reduced to misdemeanors).
The wannabe thief was convicted of three felonies and gi
Looking at his record, it was obvious he was never going to change. Why lock him up for one year so he can get out and potentially kill someone robbing them.
Originally posted by PayMeh
Please answer me this:
How is sending this man to prison for life accomplishing anything? It costs ~$90 a day to keep a prisoner locked up.
I've seen police set up stings to force felonies. They'd go to poor neighborhoods and set expensive bikes out (over $500 dollars so it would count as a felony (more money in their pockets) and walk away. According to your theory the teenagers that come by and hop on the bike 3 times in a row should be put away for life.
Not to make an excuse for thieves, but all convicts find it near impossible to find gainful employment even in the best economy. With the state of things today, I would say it is virtually impossible.
What we have is a lazy legislative body unwilling to take the time to create viable solutions to any social problem. Instead, they would rather sweep everything under the rug.
Our prison system is unsustainable. There is no follow through with reform. They can teach and rehabilitate all they want, but if there's no niche in society for them to gravitate to besides the one that landed them in jail to start with, then what other recourse do they have besides to go back to what they know and what fulfills their basic needs?