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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 12:40 PM
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101. this country has a real penchant for punishment but devotes very few resources . . .
to trying to understand and ameliorate the underlying causes of crime . . . the prevailing attitude seems to be that people who commit crimes are just bad people who deserve whatever they get . . . when in fact things like poverty, job losses, health problems, chemical imbalances, and environmental factors are often contributing causes that turn otherwise good people into criminals . . .

the fact that so many Americans are either in prison or on parole should be a huge wake-up call . . . why are so many people committing crimes? . . . and what can we, as a society, do to decrease the incidence of crime? . . .

the sad fact is that most people don't care to even examine these questions . . . they'd rather just lock 'em all up and throw away the key . . . an approach which, in the end, solves nothing . . .
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