Oklahoma’s incarceration rate is 1,079 per 100,000 people, leading the nation after previously sitting at No. 2, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. Louisiana, which previously held the top spot, has an incarceration rate of 1,052 per 100,000 people.
It wouldn’t be difficult to find several chaps who probably should never, ever be let out. But then you have folks like this:
We take these people who were selling some grass or their leftover pain pill prescription and we throw them into a camp for several years that is populated only with felons. You sleep with felons and you shower with felons and the only people you have to talk to all day are felons. Is it really so remarkable that after being thrown into a criminal frat house for a few years, some people might have more criminal tendencies when they leave than when they enter? And then after they leave, they are met at every turn with the brand of being an ex-felon, making it hard to get a job or do things we take for granted. So we put someone away in a training camp for criminals for a few years, and then make it really, really hard for them to find good paying ways to support themselves afterward, and we are surprised they go back to crime?
I have a guy, who I won’t name for privacy reasons, who works for me in Arizona. Over 10 years ago, barely over 18, he was convicted of some non-violent drug crimes and locked away. Had I done the same things in my youth, my rich dad likely would have kept me out of jail but as a poor Hispanic in the world of Sheriff Joe’s Phoenix, he went to jail. Over ten plus years later, he had a stable marriage and had his civil rights restored, but was still mostly doing minimum wage labor. He has been a good, reliable maintenance person at one of our campgrounds, in a job where he could work with his wife. One day a customer got in some sort of dispute with this man’s wife, looked him up online, and found he had a prison record. This customer then started sending me messages that I must fire this person immediately or else this customer would file suit against us for creating a dangerous environment for her. When I refused, she then started posting yard signs around town that we hired felons and telling people on social media that they needed to shun our maintenance guy in any number of ways and accusing him of running a narcotics ring out of the campground.
If we must lock up people for ridiculous lengths of time, let us start with the doxxers — after exposing everything from their Mastercard balance to the color of their shorts.