This is National Re-entry Week and to commemorate the occasion, Loretta Lynch visited a prison and met with five hand-selected prisoners for the photo-op. Her DoJ now calls the convicted criminals “justice-involved individuals” as part of a “Roadmap to Re-entry” initiative being kicked off this week.
Billions will be spent giving advanced educations to criminals along with job training, life skills training, substance abuse treatment and mental health planning, training in building family relationships and whatever else they can think of.
Many of these benefits are already available to criminals, even criminals who have no chance of being released can often take college courses, but the programs are being expanded and structured into a bureaucratic morass of rules and regulations for prisons.
Once the felons leave prison, they will be given food assistance, housing, healthcare, SSI, and more as part of their recovery.
Last week, Lynch advised the states to make it easier for criminals to get IDs. Governor McAuliffe just gave 200,000 felons the right to vote in what can only be described as a cynical move to swing the election towards Hillary. Obama has been releasing prisoners by the tens of thousands while jobs for law-abiding citizens have dried up, in part because of cheap foreign labor. The illegal aliens, the prisoners and law-abiding citizens will all compete for jobs that don’t exist.
Owners of rental properties are being told they cannot discriminate against ex-cons and employers are being told they cannot request criminal records during the first round of interviews.
Companies are signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge, which the DoJ says is a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and creating a pathway for a second chance. Companies signing the pledge include: American Airlines, Busboys and Poets, The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Georgia Pacific, Google, Greyston Bakery, The Hershey Company, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Koch Industries, Libra Group, PepsiCo, Prudential, Starbucks, Uber, Under Amour/Plank Industries, Unilever and Xerox.
Do we want felons ferrying us around in Uber cars?
Federal prisons now have to prepare a re-entry plan for every criminal taking their history into account, including substance abuse, past crimes and education level. They also have to review all the halfway houses to ensure they are serving the inmates’ needs. There is a program for children of imprisoned criminals also and prisons have to plan for family reunification as well.
It’s to meet the criminogenic needs of cons. As soon as they enter prison, their criminogenic needs will be met.
This will be a bureaucratic waste of taxpayer money. Enormous sums will be spent.
One of the things the DoJ is forgetting is that many of these people are repeat offenders, not because life has been unfair and they are the victims, but because they aren’t wired right. Some are simply evil. The DoJ wants us to believe that all the minorities in jail are victims of racism. It’s nonsense.
In February, Obama the generous unveiled his $4.23 trillion budget proposal for 2017, which allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs.
This is how it breaks down.
The proposed budget also includes funding for various school safety initiatives, including:
- $75 million for the Comprehensive School Safety Program, an initiative that aims to bring together national experts to research the root causes of school violence, develop technologies and strategies for increasing school safety, and provide pilot grants to test innovative approaches to enhance school safety across the country.
- $42 million for the Delinquency Prevention Program, a program that provides resources through state advisory groups to units of local government for a broad range of delinquency prevention programs and activities to benefit youth who are at risk of having contact with the juvenile justice system.
- $10 million for Juvenile Justice and Education Collaboration Assistance, an initiative aimed at reducing the use of arrest and juvenile justice courts for youth who are misbehaving in and around schools.
- $20 million for the Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative, a new initiative that will provide supplementary incentive grant awards to assist states in fostering better outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system.
This is all money we don’t have and it’s at a time when law-abiding Americans can’t afford to send their own children to college.
We have a $20 trillion dollar debt and are running up a trillion or more each year with these budgets. We borrow forty cents on every dollar from enemies and disaffected allies.
This budget is a recipe for disaster and the criminal justice reform is well-intentioned but most of the money will go down the rabbit hole with no accountability. This is yet another excuse to redistribute money.