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Offer Alternatives To Lives in Crime

April 2, 2013

A few area residents may remember a time when some young men headed down the wrong road in life were given two options: Join the military or go to jail....

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Apr-03-13 7:18 AM

if the prisons were run like bootcamp i would doubt that the criminals would want to come back.anyone that has been through bootcamp will tell you.we just haven't learned how to run these prisons as a nephew was in for a year and gained 50lbs.

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Apr-02-13 8:00 PM

Thats true richardwhee, but I think that the crimes they are talking about are the more minor ones that come with jail time.

Just read the papers about these kids that grow up in horrible homes, they have no structure and are left to fend for themselves. Often, they end up on the wrong side of the law as well, minor drug offenses, etc. Military gives them structure. I knew a young lady that was getting into some trouble (not legal) and military was a great solution-very structured and got her away from her dysfunctional druggie family members.

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Apr-02-13 1:21 PM

On one hand this country builds up tha military and calls them "Heroes" On the other, some want accused and convicted to join up. This has the potentiel to tear it down.

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Apr-02-13 12:30 PM

Hope this turns out to be a good alternative because we certainly need something to deal with high number of prison population that doesnt cost a fortune.

Meaningful job training would be great, but there are so many people that are college grad or have had meaningful training and have no arrest record and cant find jobs in their field, or at all. They are taking jobs where they feel that their skills and training is not being utilized, like sales jobs Bestbuy or Lowes for low pay. Those released from prison (even with training) usually return to the same community where they got in trouble, and hang with the same group of people.

Sounds promising. Hope it works.

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Apr-02-13 9:12 AM

The military today is very selective about who they will take, and rightly so. Meaningful job training programs geared to the interest and talent of the inmate would be more beneficial.

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Apr-02-13 7:34 AM

great idea.the military worked for me.

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