One effect of the criminal justice system that needs to be talked about more is the lack of employment opportunities for convicts once they are no longer incarcerated. As anyone who’s applied for a job would know, every employer asks a question concerning any criminal activity you might have been involved in or convicted of doing. Employers often will not choose someone with a criminal record if there are applicants with clean records going for the same job. Additionally, there are not too many resources available for convicts while they are incarcerated so they are often unprepared to join society once again. This has ultimately created a cycle of incarceration. Although this isn’t mentioned in the article, 76% of all inmates, nationally, end up back in jail within 5 years of being let out.
One solution being proposed is to create resources that teach inmates entrepreneurial skills as well as good habits and useful information for starting a business, so they can be their own bosses. The specific programs this article focuses on are called Starter U and Inmates to Entrepreneurs. These programs are designed specifically for inmates who are interested in starting a business and provides them with useful online learning resources that they can access while incarcerated. They don’t have to wait until they are out.
Proponents of a criminal justice system that values punishment rather than rehabilitation, because this is definitely a rehabilitative practice, in a sense. They might say that resources like these aren’t worth taxpayer money, etc.
When you consider how much taxpayer money goes into the criminal justice system already, supported by the fact that the United States has one of the largest prison populations in the world (2.3 million people), and the cycle of incarceration supported by the statistic in my first paragraph, I would say that it costs much more taxpayer money than it would to pay for resources like Solution U and Inmates to Entrepreneurs. This solution seems to be a good start to a much longer conversation on possible reform of the criminal justice system in this country. There’s much more to be done.
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