Unfortunately, the crime rate in the United States is rocketing every year. There are a lot of agencies and government institutions that are trying to keep these numbers down but to no avail. In every election, there is a district attorney who promises that less criminal will walk the streets. Some keep their promises. Some try. And others lack any sense of interest after they are elected.
Jails are overcrowded, that’s true, but what happens with a convict after he/she gets out? What are their chances of getting their lives back? The system is faulty and cannot help them. It just throws them in a half-way house, and that’s it. The way I see it, there are two possible outcomes.
The first scenario, which according to statistics is the most common, paints the picture of an ex-convict who gets out on the streets and starts committing crimes again. They cannot find a good job because everybody conducts a criminal background check nowadays. It is a step in the hiring process. Without a job, they do not have money to provide for them, as well as for their family (if they have any). What choice do they have?
Convicts are looked upon as the society’s pariah. They are not given any chances once they are out of jail. Yes, they made a mistake (or many), but with the way they are being treated, they don’t stand a chance. I don’t defend criminals, but the society isn’t doing anything for them to help them rehabilitate. Isn’t that the whole point of jailing someone? You punish the criminals so that they would not do it again. They pay their debt to society, and then they are returning to their lives/ It’s a pity. People with a criminal history are doomed, so to speak. I’ve read about cases where people would commit a crime just to get back in prison. For them, prison is better than freedom. Just think about that for a second. Can you even imagine?
The second scenario is a happier one. Some people get out of jail, and they return to their lives, They struggle too, of course, but they are more determined to keep themselves on the right track. Even though employers conduct a criminal background check before hiring, they still get a job. Fortunately, some compassionate people believe in second chances. These kind of people are doing what society should.
Statistics say that people who have been imprisoned are more likely to rehabilitate if they are given a job, and they can provide for their families. If they were treated as people with no criminal record, they would have a better chance at a normal life.
I bet that there would be way fewer backsliders if society would help them more. The state should get involved deeply in such a matter. I bet that if this happens, we would have a lower crime rate. I just don’t see why they fail to understand this. Some people are elected by the people to keep them safe and keep society on track. Why are we keep electing people who are lame at their job? The change starts at the bottom, not at the top. So take the initiative and do something about it.