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Tuesday, 16 January 2007

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Bryan

I've favored for years ensuring that prisoners have basic literacy training so they can read and write before they are released. Having arrested a fair number of people, I know they aren't stupid, but many are ignorant and without skills. If they aren't literate, and a surprising number aren't, you are going to see them in custody again.

If you take someone into custody, you are responsible for them. In New York [outside of NYC] you can get into trouble if you "lose" someone in the system. A late arraignment can cost you your case, so you track people.

Access to entertainment can be a reward for good conduct, but any more, people are warehoused without regard to their conduct. Bored people create problems.

We have the "stick" down pat, but we have to start thinking about the "carrot."

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