Best Way to Curb Youth Crime - Get to 'Em Early
o often in this space I write about terrible things being done to – and sometimes by – the children of America. From sex trafficking to bullying, it is easy for a crime and justice writer to get mired in the all the negative surrounding our kids.
This time let’s concentrate on the positive.
Any child psychologist will tell you young people crave attention, structure and discipline. Any cop on the beat will tell you there are plenty of kids who just don’t get it at home. Their parents are either too busy working to pay the bills or their parents can’t pass it on because they never got it themselves. [click to continue…]
A ‘Failure to Communicate’ About the Need for Prison Labor
Who doesn’t remember the history class lesson about chain-gang rock-busting punishments for prisoners? Or the Academy Award winning movie with Paul Newman, “Cool Hand Luke” where prisoners were forced to dig meaningless trenches as their daily chore.
That is not what I’m advocating when I say we should return to full scale prison labor in this country.
I’m talking about prisoner labor that supplies a real service to the community or that goes to support the prisoner’s incarceration – such as growing their own food or building new facilities on prison grounds … labor projects that go beyond making license plates and picking up litter.
As U.S. Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada was quoted recently saying, “Do we want them just sitting in prison, lifting weights, becoming violent and thinking about their next crime?”
Of course, the answer is no. [click to continue…]
DNA Technology Has Graduated
What if I told you there was a powerful crime fighting tool that could help find, convict and put away violent criminals that most of our 50 states are NOT using? Your first question would likely be “Why not?!”
That’s what I’d like to know.
We all get how important the discovery of DNA has been in identifying rapists, murderers and other criminals over the years. But DNA technology has now graduated and for the most part states just haven’t kept up.
Colorado has been leading the way on a technology called Familial DNA Search. Crime scene scientists and police investigators who have used it swear by its usefulness. Colorado has offered up special computer software it developed along with its experts to train others to use the new forensic technology – for free. [click to continue…]