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Prison system is outcropping of societal issues

Van, can we talk about rehabilitation and therapies in prison? I worked with inner city youth for 10 years, and one of the boys I helped mentor ended up molesting a small child when he was 19. Turns out he was molested himself by several different family members as a child, before I met him. He was a high school drop out of two years at the time of the incident due to too many fights at his school. He is also slightly mentally impaired and didn't get the help he needed in school. He spent 3 years in prison without even one day of therapy or rehab of any kind. He's not required to do any therapy or support group now that he's out either. I'm not excusing what he did WHATSOEVER, but he's trying hard to make it and get his GED now that he's out and I haven't seen any indication that he'll reoffend. But I feel like the system has completely failed him in every possible way. Our prison system is an outcropping of our many inner city societal issues.
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CONCERN MOTHER

My name is Vancinia "Vann" Jones and I agree with you that if there was no video this officer ūüĎģ would have gotten away with it just like so many other officers. This needs to STOP I am willing to do whatever it takes to protect our MAN OF COLOR my only Son is 26 years young and I fear for his life too.
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Police shooting in S. Carolina:

That pig cop in S. Carolina didn't have to shoot that man. There is technology law enforcement could use to stop a suspect in his tracks, without harming him. It's called a Directed Energy Weapon. I know of this technology because i am a "Targeted Individual". If that sounds familiar to you & it should Myron May, Aaron Alexis, & Jiverly Wong were all "Targeted Individuals". They are all dead now! Why are these weapons used on me & other Americans by our government? Why don't law enforcement & our soldiers have these weapons? Why doesn't anyone fucking care about this? I have evidence. I have audio, video, falsified police & doctors reports, all my medical records, & all my court transcripts (written & audio). Those falsified doctors reports are all from mental health care doctors. I have several of those doctors on audio. Secret Service agents Mike Fagen & Steve Webster know about this. I have them on audio & video. The ph.# for the Secret Service is 561-659-0184. I've contacted you before on this subject. Maybe someday someone will listen. How many more tragedies will there be before that happens? My name is James Miller,ph.#561-848-5408,address-4200n.ocean dr.apt.#2-1603,Singer Island,Fl.33404. I've lived at this address since Jan.1990. The name of the condo is the Cote d' Azur. Many people from this area know about this. Please help me. Thank you.
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Apr 20, 2015
Our out-of-control criminal justice system has forgotten about justice. Last Tuesday, eight¬†Atlanta Public Schools employees¬†were sentenced to prison¬†in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history. But you wouldn't know they were cheaters based on how they were treated in court. The educators were¬†convicted of racketeering¬†‚ÄĒ a felony typically reserved for mob bosses, drug kingpins and terrorists. The Atlanta teachers are now the latest victims of overcriminalization. They were charged under a law that had nothing to do with their actions. For years, the educators¬†quietly changed students' answers¬†on the¬†Georgia Criterion-Referenced CompetencyTest, dramatically boosting the scores. They did so... ... more
Apr 10, 2015
(CNN) We are still in the early stages, but the 2016 presidential race is full of fascinating personalities with intriguing stories. Will iconoclastic senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz catch fire and bring sweeping change to the Republican Party? Will Jeb Bush be able to shake off the brand damage from his brother's presidency? Will Hillary Clinton, formidable after so many years in the spotlight, survive the coming onslaught and break that glass ceiling? But there is an even more important question: Will 2016 be about big personalities -- or big proposals for change? The scary truth is that... ... more
Mar 26, 2015
(CNN) In Washington, we are seeing the re-emergence this year of a phenomenon that many Americans were afraid had gone extinct: real live no-joke bipartisanship. Heavyweights from both parties are attending the March 26 Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform. The event is co-produced by Gingrich Productions (on the right) and by my project, #cut50 -- an initiative that aims to safely halve the number of people behind bars within 10 years. Attorney General Eric Holder will be speaking. So will Newt Gingrich, the Republican former House speaker. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will be there. So will Democratic strategist and CNN commentator Donna Brazile,... ... more