"many African American women end up raising their children alone" - I have to call BS on this one. The culture will improve only when women start holding themselves and other women accountable.
Many black women voluntarily chose to have their children out-of-wedlock knowing that Govt programs would help them out. Black women are to be held primarily responsible for the collapse of the black family.
There used to be many many blue-collar black working men who were interested in marriage. But, black women prefer to sleep with the thugs and the flashy drug dealers for the sake of tingles between their legs. This caused a withdrawal of honest black men from society and over the years they have refused to marry such women.
In doing so, black women have destroyed the black family and have condemned their own children to a life of poverty and crime.
lucky they caught me because it was highly addictive.
A little off topic but, What did you find addictive about it? I stole a Mars bar when I was about 12 and didn't feel compelled to repeat the experience.
Now to the topic at hand... I'd like to start with a quote from an Australian prison worker, filmed on a documentary I watched:
We don't need to punish prisoners here... Just being here is their punishment
They were referring in particular to the Aboriginal prisoners and the remoteness of the jail relative to where they were from. I think this quote is an excellent place to start. If we make being in the jail, isolated from the outside world, the punishment, then prisoners can focus their energies on rehabilitation, education, and eventually rejoining the outside world.
What about the upright, non-committing, citizens? In Australia we have several ways to go from basic school education to professional. Apprenticeships: earning a minimal wage while learning a trade on the job. Tafe: an adult learning institution aimed at job skills. University: an adult learning institution aimed at academia and higher level professional job skills.
For Apprenticeships, the government supplements your income with welfare payments and assists you to buy tools with a tool allowance. With University, tuition fees are payed for with a "no interest" (it gets increased with inflation, significantly less than a loan from a bank) loan called HECS (or HELP). Ironically, Tafe students are not elligible for anything but the basic welfare, and have to pay their tuition fees upfront. Personally, I think they should have access to HECS/HELP loans too!
Hi Belle, I think you misunderstood me and/or I didn't say what I was trying to say clearly enough. I didn't mean lower level offences should be punished with jail time... I was just saying that for the offences which demand jail time for punishment: the punishment is being seperated from your family and friends... so life on the inside should be focused on rehabilitation and education to avoid the "career criminal" thing from happening.