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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Network

There has been an awesome inmate population explosion with the Illinois Department of Corrections, and with little said, DOC is bursting at the seams! We should take serious note that this rapid incarceration of black men and now women is an increase which will empty the taxpayers’ pocket.

It has been reported that the Cook County jail housed 8,900 inmates in 2011. The daily count now reports more than 10,000. We have reason to distrust these figures stated by the Cook County Department of Corrections. I sat on the Cook County Board of Corrections as member and chairman of the board for 15-years. My distrust of incarcerated inmates’ figures is based on my years of experience in that department.

It is reported that the state’s prison system is bursting at the seams with a record high of nearly 49,000 inmates, some 3,000 more than a year ago. The surge, combined with the state’s multibillion-dollar budget crisis, has led to conditions that watchdog groups and veteran correctional officers say they haven’t seen since a population crisis in the 1980s prompted the state to build three new prisons.

This year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn suspended a program called Meritorious Good Time Push after some news media reports stated that some prisoners sentenced to short terms of incarceration were freed after as little as a few days in state prisons under the program. At the same time, Quinn also suspended the state’s regular Meritorious Good Time program, which had been in place for three decades and reduced the prison time of nearly two-thirds of the state’s inmates by an average of a few months.

As a result, the prison population began rising immediately and has gone up every month since, reaching a peak of 48,731 last week.

Some have said that a master diversion came into play from some quarters as the nation took its eyes off of substance matters regarding incarceration, and placed them on their plantation politics along with other planned subjects.

We should also take note that an increase of warehousing blacks is put into place as the nation shifts in its vicious attacks on President Obama’s health care issue. This radical transitional is taking place as citizens are concerned about their health care issues… and rightly so! Ah, but watch the hidden hand of the enemy. The racial political hand can’t be hidden long…as it seeks to hide its evil bag to deprive a struggling people.

We must not forget that there are new ways of doing things in this country, but are done in new clothing.

The chapter of black-on-black violence suffered in the black community and continues with almost daily killings or our youth and elders alike. And with a virtual no response by way of Chicago City Hall and its administration, persons have turned to the church rather than the streets for solutions. In answer to the mass influx of praying people to what should be considered the ark of safety … ministers are in many quarters extremely silent on the issues. Many churches have closed their doors for the evening service. In conversation with some ministers, they say they had to close-down midweek prayer service for the fear of gangbangers. Fear has taken a hold on many of our prominent pulpits as confusion has set-in to rob, steal and destroy!

To the many problems confronting the city, there is a deft-silence on the political scene as some political folk are scattered, some don’t have a clue as to what is going on, while others are retiring early! Well, others are taking leave-of-absence offering unbelievable excuses! The question becomes who is at the helm of political sanity, or is the city of Chicago about to be derailed?

Well, once again how can our youth do better than what they see. Youth, in fact, emulate what they see from adults!

Written by: Rev. Harold E. Bailey for CopyLineMagazine.com

President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

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