Thursday, September 28, 2006

Too sensible to make much headway

Corrections Sentencing, who I've belatedly added to the blogroll, says my proposed public safety agenda for Texas was "intentionally provocative," and "too sensible to make much headway." I hope the latter's not true, but I liked the quote so much I've added it to Grits' sidebar. Thanks for the mention, Michael!

3 comments:

Crawford's Take said...

This should be a public safety agenda for the entire country! This is great Scott. I may pass it on to some people here in Wisconsin.

One note on a matter close to my heart: I would add one more thought. Voting rights should be automatically restored immediately upon release from prison regardless if they are on probabtion or parole, and prisons outtakes should become voter registration centers.

They work, they pay taxes, they go to school, they raise children in our society, and yet against all the principles of our democracy and in particular "taxation without representation" parolees and probationers are not allowed to vote in Texas. Some of them for 20 years or more!!!

Restoration of the right to vote should be viewed as a rehabilitative tool to encourage participation in society. It's easier and cheaper on government if everyone out of prison is automatically eligible and encouraged to vote.

For more on the the last holdout of Jim Crow laws: Felon Disenfranchisement go to www.democracysghosts.org.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Do you know the guy at Corrections Sentencing, Rae? He's from Wisconsin, too.

Hope everything's well with you - maybe you saw on the blog I'm actually leaving ACLUTX, so I won't see you in October, I'm afraid. Thanks for commenting!

800 pound gorilla said...

Well, the fact is that drug abuse problems result from social isolation aided by social stigmatization. How is adding prison sentences and voter disenfranchisement and the stigma of prison going to improve behaviors. It's like beating a mean dog into submission. Once that dog is out of range of that club nobody's going to want to pet that dog - and for good reason. It's like throwing water on a gasoline fire - it just makes the fire go faster.