California is about to relieve its overcrowded prison system by letting out some of their female inmates, namely those that have committed crimes that were “nonviolent, nonserious and not sexual” and who have children to look after.
Since minor, non-violent crims shouldn’t be in jail to begin with, and are thrown in with the scum only to fatten corporate wallets, this is good news. But what about the fathers and the childless folks who have committed such minor offenses? Why are only the women with children being given this break? The attached article claims that similar may be done for male inmates in the future, but in my view that “may” is worth about as much as a badly bent 75 cent coin. While hoping that this is the beginning of an initiative that will see large numbers of harmless fools let back out into the sunlight, I am inclined to think that this will all fade away once the federal government stops hassling California about its overstuffed chicken pens and goes on to matters more important than freeing men who shouldn’t be in jail.
As for the equally clear discrimination against the childless, I will put that down to two factors. By letting parents out, they not only save money at the jail end of things, but also on welfare aid to whoever is looking after the children now, a secondary gain which obviously will not come about when releasing the childless. The other thing that comes to mind is that this is yet another way to pressure people into having kids to feed to the machine. Plan to smoke pot or shoplift a pack of munchies? Why, just turn out a few puppies first and you’ll never go to jail again! Congratulations, you’ve just given birth to a nine pound “Get Out of Jail Free” card!