Numbers tell a blistering story in California where citizens pay more than $19 million daily to keep about 143,000 criminals incarcerated. Upon release, most of them will return to crime and within three years return to prison.
To get an even better feel for the numbers, consider the 40,000 criminals that the US Supreme Court recently ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to release during the next 24 months.Theoretically, that cuts the bill Californians pay.
But does it?
Statistics indicate than at least 30,000 of these individuals will return to prison within three years, after bring convicted of committing new crimes.
Can you imagine 27,000 or more of those individuals staying out of prison forever and becoming contributing members of their respective communities? Can you imagine each of these transformed and reformed criminals producing professional annual revenue of $35,000 or more? That represents an economic turnaround of $120,000 annually per person.
Let me explain!
Let’s say that each of these 27,000 criminals do about $100 in criminal damages each day, or about $36,500 each, annually. Now add that to the $48,500 you pay to keep each of them in prison for a year once police and courts apprehend and convict them, respectively. Now add to that number the $35,000 in professional revenue they begin to earn each year. The total: $120,000 per person. That works out to $3.240 billion annually in savings of crime and incarceration costs, plus an average of $35,000 annually per person in positive cash flow into the California economy.
Which set of number do you prefer?
At MPAC–Ministering/Mentoring Persons Affected by Crime, we know we can teach, train and provide the tools each of these men and women need to break the crime and prison habit, to earn an ever-free life, and to achieve their personal crime and prison record into insignificance over time.
Why are we so confident?
I have invested a lifetime learning the lessons, mastering the training, as well as designing and mastering the mental and emotional “tools” necessary to accomplish those outcomes. For the past 43 years I’ve field tested these principles and processes, not in a laboratory or in theory, but in real life day-by-day. Thus, I provide living proof that these principles work. Just as they worked for me, they will work for the greater majority of the 2.3 million men and women in the state and federal prisons of this nation.
More specifically, I know that these principles and processes will work for the 40,000 criminals who must be released in California within the next 24 months.
Therefore, we want to contract with the state of California to teach, train and prepare each of those 40,000 individuals to live A Successful Life After Prison. (ASLAP).
Yes, I know how challenging this sounds! I know how what we propose runs contrary to the dominant paradigm of reactions to the nation’s crime and incarceration issues.
So here’s a second challenge (To see the first challenge, please read: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation can reduce recidivism to less than 10 percent,” the first of the two articles I’ve published here on this topic). Let’s begin with 10,000 inmates in July, and let’s run a 90 day experiment. Let’s see how much difference we can make in the thinking and behavior of those individuals in just 90 days. When we demonstrate what this curriculum can accomplish, then contract with us to teach and train the other 30,000 as well.
As in our first offer, we guarantee outstanding results!
We will refund complete program costs for any person actively involved in our teaching and training who returns to prison within five years.
Okay, Californians! The ball is in your court. You are already paying about $5.3 million per day to keep these 40,000 folks in prison. I’m asking you to invest $1 million for 90 days, about $11,111 per day to help a minimum of 27,000 of these individuals transform into contributing citizens of the respective communities where they will live.
Which set of numbers do you prefer?.