Ashland County will be asking its residents to continue supporting convicted criminals this August. The county jail is hoping to renew a levy it passed in 1996.
The original levy was intended to generate funds for building a new jail. It is funny that the tax is not now being reduced, some 20 years later. Supposedly, the jail would be paid off (thus reducing the need for funding). But those in charge are saying a renewal is needed for continuing maintenance costs.
If that isn't fishy enough, the thought of making innocent people pay to house and feed criminals ought to put you over the top. Why should I have money taken to support someone who has evidently committed a crime?
Jails and prisons are rarely, if ever, the answer to civil crime. As a friend of mine said, "When I was younger, we got spanked. We rarely got a time out. Jail time seems like an extended time out for adults."
My friend is exactly right. What positive effect does sitting in a cage do for someone who has convicted, (or for the victim or rest of society for that matter).
If wrong has done, the Biblical method of justice requires restitution. The criminals should be the one's paying up, not the innocent.
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