Consult local laws for legal advice, this is for raising awareness on the criminal justice crisis in America.
A friend just told me this story:
“My 9 year old niece was watching a news story where a homeless man collapsed in the park crying because the police took his dog away for not having a license and he couldn’t afford one.
She asked me “What happened to the police?? How come they don’t care anymore?”.
This was my response:
We now have the largest prison system in the world.
2.2 Million people.
More prisoners than China.
If you count everyone under correctional control (parole, probation) that’s 8 million people. More than the Russian gulags.
This is not because there something wrong or evil with Americans…
Our prisons don’t work at reducing crime.
Nearly 80% of people going through the state system return within 5 years.
This is big business, not about justice and not about public safety.
And that’s why our brave Americans choosing law enforcement are being trained to force people to “obey” – even with deadly force — as a priority over a patient, much more meaningful process of conflict resolution.
And that’s why we have no “use of force laws” in a single state of our union meeting international standards for human rights.
If we did, there would be less people in prison. And the prison lobby wouldn’t like that.
And that’s the simple part of my understanding as to why our laws and the enforcement of them “don’t care” anymore.
Because they aren’t about caring. They’re about money and they use our worst instincts for revenge to justify it.
Let’s all do our part to reform the criminal justice system for everyone: including victims, those who’ve lost their way, police officers, dogs, plants, animals… everyone.
To learn about the history of the police read Radley Balko’s fascinating book Rise of the Warrior Cop.