The government spends 34 billion dollars a year for their prison system. 67% of inmates return to prisons while this statistic is even higher for more serious crimes. Prisoners are trained on how to commit more crimes when their behind bars instead of getting the mental health treatment they need. Therefore the current prison system is failing the taxpayer, those in prison and most importantly previous victims of crime as well as G-D forbid future victims. We are wasting monies and destroying lives. Something must be done!
In order to save costs and reduce the rate of return of prisoners we must have a system where inmates dread going back to this system, yet develop the skills and values so they won’t feel compelled to return. All future convicts will not go through the current prison system but a new system (see below). To further reduce costs those already convicted of non-violent offenses will be given a reduction of their sentence, if they are willing to go through the new system as well.
(1) Private fenced in secure tent like structures run by private organizations (ex religious organizations, drug rehab centers) will house new and non violent prisoners. Those who run these facilities will receive funds for holding the prisoners that is at least 10% less the current fee in prisons. The prisoners will have to grow at least some of the food they need and learn to be more independent. There will be different tent like structures for different types of prisoners (drug problems, Christian based, military based, petty crimes etc) but they will all have to provide the following services to the prisoners.
A. Psychological and group counselor
B. Empathy training and understanding of what their crimes did to society.
C. Job training and values training
D. Drug Rehabilitation
E. A letter of repentance to the crime victim (sent without the victims address being revealed)
The toughness of these prisons (no T.V, no gym etc) plus the services (counselor, drug rehab, faith training) they provide will incentivize most not to want to return to their previous life of crime. Yet to further insure that this rate goes down those that leave prison will have to pay their victim (anonymously) a small token fee for the crime they’ve committed. This fee will continue to decline over-time till it’s nothing, unless they commit another crime.