Florida leads nation in longer prison sentences, study finds. Jails and prisons are a necessity, but also a part of the problem. Here is a solution to stop corruption in our jails and prisons.

TALLAHASSEE — Thanks to its gung-ho approach to lengthening jail time, Florida led the charge in beefing up prison sentences during the past two decades at a taxpayer cost of more than $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States.

The nonprofit organization’s report, titled “Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms,” examined prisoner-release data from 35 states, representing 89 percent of the prison releases in 2009. It concluded that prisoners served an average of nine more months in custody — 36 percent longer — than offenders released in 1990.

Our goal at Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program is to keep people out of a broken system. If you read my book Gangster Redemption you will hear some horrific prison abuse stories. I didn’t tell the stories to garner sympathy or pity.

I told the horror stories to let people know what really goes on in prisons and jails. I receive calls almost daily from people all over the country telling me about the abuses going on in jails and prisons. I even hear from former guards who are filled with guilt and shame for either not stopping abuses they saw, or not exposing the abuses they witnessed.

I say this all the time, “There are good and bad people in all professions, not just guards or police officers” we, as a people need to weed out the bad people. We also need the good guards and police officers. It is all about morality.

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Here is the million dollar question, why it is so important to expose and talk about problems with prisons, jail, guards and jail officials? The short answer is because a guard or jail official has absolute power over another human being and we all know, absolute power corrupts.

Here is what the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution says: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.

When supervisors fail to do their jobs by ignoring or turning a blind eye to abuses and violations of the law, lives are lost. When abuses are left unchecked, the system fails the general public as well.  It also violates the eighth amendment to the constitution.

If a person is abused and doesn’t die, he can be left scared and very bitter at the system. I saw it a thousand times.

I often relate it to the movie “First Blood”. Sylvester Stallone plays a Vietnam vet who was abused by jailers in a small town in Washington State. He takes revenge on the jailers and town in general. Yes, it is a movie, but don’t think for one second there aren’t men in prisons who wouldn’t want to get revenge on some guards.

When I got out of prison I pledged, I WILL NOT ignore the cries for help from prisoners or ex-cons like so many people do. If I do, I am no better than the ones doing the abuse.

There are solutions and ways to check on jailers and administrations of jails. There needs to be an independent team of people with knowledge like mine to do random checks on jails and prisons.

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I am not talking about the fake accreditation jails and prisons use now. I am talking about an independent team made up of ex-guards, ex-wardens, and ex-cons that can go into any jail or prison WITHOUT notice to the jail. I have been through way to many accreditations in the system to know all the tricks the jails and prisons use.

The goal of the independent team would be to expose corruption, find out the issues and try and correct them. There is no way the administration knows everything. If their true goal is to run a better facility, then why wouldn’t they do this?

Some people who don’t know how the system works will say, “isn’t that what the administration of the jail is for?”, do we need another layer of oversight? When dealing with human lives, the answer is yes.   Administrations can be corrupt or not doing their job and letting subordinates abuse human beings?

God is not running the prison, man is, so there will always be some who are corrupt and evil.

In my heart of hearts I believe most guards, jail administrators, police officers and public servants are good, hardworking, brave, courageous men and woman, but it only takes a few to spoil the whole bunch and sadly when that happens the public loses faith in our system.

Isn’t it time we put a layer of protection in the system?

Louis D. Brandeis – U.S. Supreme Court Justice – 1856-1941:  “Crime is contagious. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law”.

Larry Lawton

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