Gainful tax paying employment, educational opportunities, decent housing and counseling are all relevant in cutting back recidivism -
Our goal is to provide experienced counselors throughout the country for newly released offenders who are available to assist with the various problems encountered upon their return to society. A suicide hot line especially for those men and women is an intragal service which we offer. Suicide among prisoners housed in jails and prisons has been on the rise. Often these events go unreported. -
"APPROXMATELY 2.3 MILLION ARE BEHIND BARS - "
Unchained Lives Matter additionaly provide information, resources, and educational materials to the public at large; and especially for the families of those former offenders on probation or parole.
Americans are guaranteed freedom of the press by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, however the negative state of the criminal justice system throughout the country is a topic which is vastly under reported. Many analytical studies show the three componets of criminal justice to be broken and in need of vast improvement. The billions of dollars spent in this area could support so many other social service projects that would benefit everyone. Only ten percent of those incacerated are wards of the federal government. The vast majority of resources are expended by the states. Restructuring the criminal justice accross the board must be one of the next major social reform projects. More strigent laws as tried in the past to eradicate this problem failed and can not be expected to bring a solution especially at this time.
Legal procedures and the way courts operate have been revised and reorginized but injustice remains. Injustice is an age old problem. In too many instances "justice" is available but depends on a person's ability to hire an expensive attorney.
When asked why he was apprehended Willie Sutton, prison escape artist who robbed over 100 banks beginning in the 1930s, and stealing around (2) million dollars replied; "There are just too many of them (police)." Presently there are upwards of 750,00 law enforcement officers in the United States with authority to make arrests. For the most part they do not meet up with professional criminals like "Slick Willie."
We have all heard accounts of police brutality and shooting by the police of unarmed black men, and the revenge homicides and woundings of police in response. If left unchecked this situation will likely become worse.
Additionally, being arrested or simply detained; there are all too many reports of suspects being roughed up, threatend, intimidated and tricked into admitting guilt. Some complaints alledge police falsely charge misdemeanor crimes such as obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and others in retaliation when their authority is questioned.
Lawyers typically advise not to talk to police when suspected of any violation of law because your explaination can be used against you or turned around to establish guilt. Any overt encounter or experience involving the police is long remembered. A $150.00 ticket for not clicking a seat belt is not by order of the officer charging the offense because he/she is actually enforcing an unpopular law decided by politicians. The officer in the eyes of the person paying the fine although is likely held responsible and blamed.
The ancient Greek term for hero is "protector". Heroes are capable of leadership and resolve problems which confront society. They will not hesitate to place themselves in danger to save others. Police officers can and should embody the positive values that this country stands for. They are our protectors and should be admired and respected as they were in the wake of the terrorists attacks in New York on 9-11.
People everywhere need heroes and the police are an obvious choice. We should defend our police officers with a sense of mutual respect, honesty, friendship and good will. Cops and all those that depend on them must stand together. No other group has the potential to be the heroes that we need and trust as the local police officers who serve our communities and are our legitimate protectors.
WHEN WE ARE ARRESTED, CHAINED AND LOCKED UP, WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT PLACE- WE ARE NO LONGER IN AMERICA. PRISONERS EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE HOPELESSNESS, DISTRESS AND DESPERATION AS THE AFRICANS WHO WERE FIRST BROUGHT HERE AS SLAVES IN 1619. -
Theodore Roosevelt - May 6, 1903
Each year upwards of 650,000 inmates are released back into society
UNTOLD NUMBERS OF INMATES REMAIN BEHIND BARS IN COUNTY AND LOCAL JAILS ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE COMMITTED ONLY MINOR VIOLATIONS. THEY ARE COMPELLED TO SERVE EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME AND ARE NOT RELEASED DUE ONLY TO THEIR INABILITY TO PAY COURT IMPOSED FINES OR COSTS -
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF THREE SEPERATE BUT CONNECTED COMPONENTS:
For America to maintain it's civility there must be enforceable laws or new regulations without which there is anarchy. Yet too many laws are not in anyone's best interest. Some laws challenge our liberty and freedom; are questionable, unclear and are difficult to uphold or apply as intended.
Citations for numerious moving and parking violations which vary from state to state generate enmorious sums of money. Not only can we be punished through incarceration; We are punished through the assessment of unreasonable fines as well. The millions of Americans who are minimum wage earners, those on Social Security, fixed incomes, and the middle class who work for wages can not afford the high cost of these fines which have the potential to cause extreme hardship. Do these exorbitant fines makes anyone of us more safe? Does the amount of money were are forced to pay relate to keeping us free from danger?
In addition too the costs levied by the government, these violations allow for an "elaborate scheme" by private industry which goes unchecked . Insurance companies raise premiums , credit scores are downgraded, employment opportunities are lessened and some professional licenses can be denied. Insurance companies donate radar machines to law enforcement. Are these tax deductible donations in the interest of public safety or too encourage and enable more traffic citations which translate into higher insurance premiums?
When a parent is released on parloe it should be a happy event for the family especially for his/her children. But after returning to the community only to be sent back to prison again can be a tragic time in particular in the lives of young children. Unchained Lives Matter was formed to aid in the prevention of occurances that cause this - To reduce the rate of parole violation. "THAT THEY SHOULD NOT RETURN TO PRISON."
NEWLY RELEASED OFFENDERS TYPICALLY ARE CONFRONTED WITH THESE CHALLENGES: Housing, employment, care and support of minor children, problems with spouse or girl/boy friend, misunderstanding per rules of release, keeping court ordered appointments, transportation, social concerns, readjusting to society at large, addiction issues, anger management, familiarization with new technology, disappointments, discouragement, insomnia, health issues, lack of self esteem, establishment of goals, management of resources, constructive use of time.
THE BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA
The messages of criminal justice reform align with the same values at the center of Christianity and other religious beliefs as well.
Forgiveness, grace, redemption, second chances, karma and a less punative mind set need to prevail.
According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute; the state's rate of incarceration is more than 10 times that of the entire country of Canada. This translates to 1 in every 100 adults in Oklahom being locked up at any given time.
If we are to reduce incarceration, the most productive way would be to put an end to the practice of sending non-violent drug offenders to prison.
Actual treatment approaches for drug addiction could be better managed by government health agencies instead of the criminal justice system. Alternatives to incarceration including home confinement for all those who are eligible should be expanded.
Technical parole and probation violations account for far too many arrests and reincarceration causing prison populations to swell. Some of these vioulations are because of failure to secure a job with taxable wages, not paying supervision fees, and skipping drug treatment meetings. State ID cards or drivers licenses, through crucial, such documents can be difficult to obtain for those returning to society. In some cases the lack of viable transportaion can contribute to parole and probation violations. Often ex offenders are trapped into longer terms of probation and parole after they have served their time.