Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Thought

I had the pleasure of hearing Van Jones, American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, attorney, co-founder of three non-profit organizations and Special Advisor for Green Jobs under Barack Obama, speak recently. Although most of his talk was about green entrepreneurship and the environment, he spoke briefly about recycling people, in the sense of using people for work rather than throwing them in jail. He stated that the state of California spends roughly $200,000 annually to keep juveniles in jail. This dollar amount could send four inmates to a Ivy League school for a year. Its a sad truth but the logic behind that is simple; there is viable alternative. Just like there is no alternative to sending the girls who are victims of sex-trafficking to jail. There is no system for these children that will help them get their life back on track- except for jail, which becomes merely a school to will teach them how to get into adult jail. Isn't it time we start creating alternatives to these systems that are failing our children?

"There's something wrong in the system that leaves it's children victim" - Matisyahu

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