The state of Texas is wasting its resources on this guy. We’ve arrested him “34 times.” He’s had countless motions before the court, numerous trials, and lived in county jail and the Texas Department of Corrections for a good part of the past five years, not including his juvenile delinquencies and time spent for them.
For the amount Texas taxpayers have spent on processing this young man through various encounters with the system, he likely could have attended community college, or a technical school to learn a vocation, also paid for by us.
“But some people just don’t want to help themselves,” I hear the eye-for-an-eye crowd clamoring, eager for blood —sometimes literally — and retribution. Fine. Let’s just continue to pay for prison for this guy until the legal players change, until he’s broken and thoroughly defeated in and by life, and then we’ll release him. We’ll still be supporting him, however, through Medicaid and food stamps.
That’ll show him. Or will it show us?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
That'll Show Us
In the East Texas Review, writer Cynthia Hall Clements was stunned to watch judicial proceedings involving a 23 year old man who'd been arrested numerous times on petty offenses. She concludes:
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