I agree with you, I have been saying this in Muskegon for three years! These kids do not know how easy it is to go to prison....my nephew is proof of that! First time offender, no criminal record, not even a speeding ticket. Scared Straight is the only way to get this under control. The kids of today are much different than when we were young. I am 41.
He was not raised in a house hold where it is talked about, nor ever seen. I did not know a criminal or someone who ever even went to prison. Nor did he. We need to bring this program into the public schools instead of putting more kids into prison. They say they need the state budget even smaller. They close prisons...what good is it going to do if "Truth in Sentencing" stays ineffect? They have the same amount going in every day, and not enough coming out. Causes overcrowding along with anxiety problems within inmates! We need this bill to get passed, and not ignored.
What is it going to take for the State Of Michigan to grow smarts? Today, I see on the news, how the Govenor is cutting ANOTHER $127.00 per pupil in the public schools! Last week, she made the cut of somewhere around $150.00 per pupil. Do the math...$267.00, around there, has been cut from our kids education in just two weeks. They are only allowed about $6200 per pupil as it is, minus the cuts, even worse. With this news, it's going to create more drop-out rates due to not being able to get the kids special attention in reading, writing, and math. Which, If you are thinking about this as I, will create more crime because they cannot get a job that pays enough to pay the bills. Createing a downword spiral effect.
How to make up for it you ask? At around $37,000 Per year, Per inmate, at 55,000 inmates incarcerated today in Michigan, give or take a few, do the math? It's astownding isn't it? There are many, many other methods incorporated, that are used today, to keep offenders "housed", with out keeping them housed in a prison faciltiy. At a fraction of the price! They just do not want to implicate it as widely, and I do not know why?
If we do not get "Good TIme" brought back in this state so they can control inmate population, I feel the problem will be catisrophic for everyone. the more they house, the more cuts will be made in the sake our childrens education.
This is the first post I have ever made, I have read plenty. Please note, there is no more time to waste. We need to get loud and have them hear our voice. Why are they ignoring this Bill 4262? Believe me, there has to be some kind of extortion going on don't you think? I cannot think of why this is not happening, when this is the most viewed bill among michigan residents. It is sitting on the desk, collection dust. Paul Candino, why is this not being discussed in your house?