Most of us want to live in a society without rape, murder, theft, vandalism and other forms of victimization and violent crime. Why don’t we do more to stop the violence and victimization? A lack of funding may explain a large part of it.
I suggest the following to increase funding for the prevention of victimization and violent crime:
1. Legalize drugs and other victimless crimes! The United States spends over $50 billion per year on the war on drugs. This accounts for millions of expensive arrests of non-violent druggies. It accounts for hundreds of thousands of inmates, who it takes a lot of money to jail–let alone the limited space in the overcrowded jails that would be better used for victimizers and violent criminals. Legalizing drugs would not only save the money spent chasing down, arresting, trying, and jailing non-violent druggies, but it would also allow us to heavily tax drugs. We could use the hundreds of billions of dollars gained from taxing drugs per year to prevent victimization and violent crime.
2. Make convicts pay the bill! Why do we make tax-payers pay for all of the costs associated with fighting crime? I suggest we make the convicts pay for the costs associated with the crime they have been convicted of committing. A court of law has determined that there is sufficient proof that they are guilty. That makes them liable. After being convicted of a crime, let’s give the convict a bill for all the costs of their crime, including the costs of investigating the crime, arresting the convict, trying the convict, jailing the convict and rehabilitating the convict. Seize all the convicts assets to pay the bill, and garnish his future wages until it has been paid.
3. End the war! The occupation in Iraq is an extremely expensive endeavor. It’s making the U.S. people less safe by over-stretching the military and increasing anti-Americanism. Estimates say the war will end up costing over $1 trillion. That’s a lot of money! That’s a lot of money that could be put towards actually protecting U.S. people. That’s a lot of money that could be put towards preventing murder, rape, theft, and other forms of victimization and violent crime.
What do you think? What ways do you suggest we fund security?