Pubdate: Tue, 13 Dec 2011
Source: Summerland Review (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 The Summerland Review
Author: Carla McLeod


Dear Editor:

There have been several letters to the editor in the past few weeks 
against the government's new crime bill and pointing out the 
ineffectiveness of throwing people in jail.

The jailhouse becomes a revolving door for many criminals.  Studies 
have shown that the majority of those in jail are mentally ill or 
emotionally wounded.

It has also been pointed out that the crime rate is falling across the country.

I believe the crime rate will continue to fall, and it has nothing to 
do with being tough on crime. It has everything to do with education 
and enlightenment.

The children of today are educated about the dangers of drugs and 
alcohol. There are fewer young people today needing to anaesthetize 
themselves in order to block out the pain and trauma from being abused.

They have been taught to tell someone if anyone sexually abuses them, 
and if they do tell someone they are actually listened to and action 
is taken against the abuser.

It is also no longer acceptable for parents, teachers and principals 
to physically strike children, whether it be with a ruler, strap, rod 
or hand. If they do, they face losing their jobs or losing their children.

This was not the case for previous generations. I am only 50-something 
and recall the teachers and principals of our local schools walking 
around the school yard with the big black strap in hand. I can clearly 
recall the sight of the red swollen hands of the boys returning to 
class after that strap was used. Can you imagine the outcry if that 
happened today?

That's because society has evolved, and we are much more enlightened 
and educated now. In the years to come there will be no need for more 
jails because there will be fewer humans walking around with wounded 
souls because the adults who were entrusted with their care mistreated 
them instead of caring for them.

When it comes to the government's war on drugs, including the new 
penalties for marijuana that people are speaking out against, well, I 
believe that too will change. When the educated younger generations 
get their turn at running our country, they will be wise enough to 
learn from the past and realize prohibition has never worked.

They will be smart enough to regulate and control all drugs, much like 
we do now with alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs.

This will take the whole business out of the hands of the criminal 
element, and raise tax dollars to offer more treatment to those who 
are open to it. It will also save on policing costs, due to the fact 
that a large percentage of crime revolves around the drug trade.

And finally, when it comes to marijuana, I can foresee the day when 
B.C. Bud is sold alongside B.C. wines in our local government liquor 
stores. It's only a matter of time.

Carla McLeod

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