Post Number:#91 October 13th, 2010, 7:10 pm
Shoney wrote:I belive, that it is a slow proccess. We cannot change to rehabilitation so quickly. We need to open up clinics and hospitals and do reserch on the mentally ill and addictied. This takes time, and slowly we may not have prisons.
That is just making excuses for a lack of political will and public sanity. Out of prison programs for the mentally ill and others can be implemented immediately if the money is forthcoming. There are thousands of trained professionals available and many proven programs already in use, all they lack is the funding to provide their services to everyone who needs them. Many who end up in prison do so because the program they need has no room for them.
Over the last 150 years the prison systems have vacillated between rehabilitation and punishment depending on the public hysteria. When public hysteria is low the prisons move quietly towards rehabilitation.
In some states the prisons are even called "correctional facilities".