By Chinta Strausberg
More money should be spent on the front side of life rather than the backside where many youth usually land becoming a tax burden instead of a tax contributor,Â Amer-I-Can board member Ron Harris said late Thursday.
Having attended a meeting with clergy and elected officials including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Bishop Claude Porterâ€™s Maywood church, Harris said tax payers are unnecessarily paying $150.00 a day to house Cook County Correctional detainees who may have been caught with a bag. â€œThey are a loser,â€ said Harris.
And, to add insult to injury, Harris said many times their bail is a paltry $200, but when they cannot afford to pay the fine sometimes they remain in jail for up to eight to nine-months. â€œItâ€™s all a money game,â€ said Harris. â€œItâ€™s about job security.
â€œWhen they get out of jail, they are going to do it (buy drugs) all over again because they need treatment. They are not the dealers. They are the users. The people who are selling drugs are using them.
â€œIf you give them treatment, that would reduce the crime rate otherwise they become like revolving doors and the recidivism rate will continue to soar,â€ he said.
Harris believes the prison complex system is nothing more than the â€œgood old boys clubsâ€ given the number of contracts that are approved to people who know each other. Itâ€™s a network.
â€œThey need to put more money into prevention rather than incarceration,â€ Harris said.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.