The idea of stopping crime before it occurs is the theme of many dystopian novels. One thing that is often overlooked however, is the ability to provide solutions before there is a societal manifestation of the problem. In short, people who are given desirable opportunities and assistance before they are forced to rely on more primitive solutions, will generally be happy to accept and actively participate in programs designed specifically for them and their personal benefit.
There will always be a percentage of humanity that is incorrigible and beyond helping and effectively “immune” to any effort to assist them in any way. For the rest of the population however, the primary focus needs to be on a proactive rehabilitative approach if the levels of recidivism are to be reduced. When coupled with additional programs for at-risk youth in addition to programs for at-risk adults (even among those who are not part of “the system”), crime rates should be drastically lower than average in any given society.
It is imperative to recognize that some small percentage of the population is either already so far gone that they will never be capable of conforming to societal standards of norms and abnormalities, or, for whatever the reason may be, are wholly incapable of compassion, mercy or respect for the lives and/or property of others. In such cases as with the incorrigible, it is regrettable, but absolutely necessary to remove them from the societal equation, generally through the utilization of incarceration. It is also equally, if not even more important to recognize such traits at a young age, no matter what the root cause may be, and to provide different opportunities for these people so that they can grow up to become contributing, beneficial members of society in whatever ways they can, and are willing to contribute.
Caviar Dreams and Champagne Wishes where everyone lives in a Utopian society replete with rainbows on cloudless summer days may make for a great dream but it does not bode well for reality where the vast majority of people live. Society will always produce winners and losers and there will always be elements of good and bad in the world in which we live. As long as there are children in the world, there will be children who are at risk.
Fortunately for society and posterity, most of these kids can be helped before it is too late. The many programs that will be made available for troubled children are initially provided as part of the integration process for the formerly impoverished, indigent and other underclass members of society.
As the formerly homeless, indigent and other underclass families are moved into a more societal setting, there is going to be a difficult period of adjustmenti. It is estimated however, that by the coming of age of the third generation, the more cooperative societal makeup of the Community Developments will be seen as the norm rather than the exception. As such, efforts will then likely be extended to provide for troubled and at-risk youth around the globe.
Again, the results of the Aptitude Batteries will play an important role in what choices are being offered to the troubled and at-risk youth. Some of these programs will involve the arts including music, painting, drawing, crafts and other similar means of expression. Some of the programs will focus on team-building and relationships with peers and co-workers to define and pursue common goals. Similar programs will be offered to families and to other groups as well though primarily for the impoverished, indigent and other underclass citizens initially. Further programs will be developed for the employees of the corporate entitiesii in addition to specialized programs for the leadership and leadership teams within the corporate environment. All of these programs will have certain common goals in regards to whoever is involved.
It should be noted, that these will include courses regarding viable and meaningful life skills, and not an indoctrination into a carbon copy of the current system, preaching that “my version of the system is good and your version is bad and you need to be reeducated” … or any other similar such nonsense as is depressingly common in the world at the time of this writing. It is the opinion of virtually all of the founding members, that a jackboot is bad, regardless of whether it is in the form of a left jackboot or a right jackboot as it crushes the rights, liberties and social and economic freedom of the people.
There will be different styles of social programs including those designed to provide training and opportunity to troubled or at risk youth, programs for the artsiii and even the sciences, with hopes that within short order, additional programs will also be made available in scholasticiv and even technical and vocational fields to allow for the students to gain experience working together and with materials that would otherwise be unavailable to them. It is hoped that such an ability to more freely express themselves, in addition to being encouraged to explore whatever remnants of their dreams can be recalled from times before they were jaded by reality, will give them at least some semblance of hope, sufficient to carry them through to the next level of “recovery” in whatever direction they may ultimately desire to pursue.
A primary focus of most of these programs will be the ability to work together, social skills, developing friendships and becoming socially adept at least to the degree it is necessary to function in society and leadership skills. Some more specialized business and related skill sets will also be explored in these more informal settings as well, including leadership skills, decision making, critical thinking and problem solving. These programs however, will be directed primarily at those adults who have shown an incapacity to integrate into society, yet have not exhibited any discernible or tangible threat within society.
Crimes vary in nature and severity. Crimes may be civil or criminal in nature but this rule has been extended to regulatory and statutory law as well. Such laws are rarely made through any contestable legislative process yet can quite literally destroy the lives of otherwise law-abiding members of society. Any case within the community developments resulting in a conviction, and that results in an appeal of the hearing process shall first be reviewed by a Citizen Review Board in an effort to determine whether or not all of the facts were adequately addressed, whether or not there was any undue influence and/or whether or not there may have been extenuating circumstances that may have otherwise resulted in a lesser penaltyv when taken into consideration above and beyond the (blinded) eyes of the law. In such cases wherein the defendant is not deemed to be an abject threat to society, rehabilitation programs will be recommended as opposed to criminal incarceration that would otherwise hinder their ability to reintegrate into society at such a time as society has deemed their “debts” to be “paid in full”.
Rehabilitation programs will be multi-faceted and, like the educational systems, tailored to the individual so as to provide for the maximum benefit for the system and for the individual. In cases where the individual does not possess viable skills, scholastic, vocational and/or technical skills training will be provided in addition to the potential for job-placement assistance after such a time as the process of rehabilitation has been completed. This vocational training (in whatever form it may take) will be further supplemented by social integration and helping the individual to adjust more adequately to a life inside of society. What may be more commonly referred to as “Community Service” programs will be selected based on factors including the “crime”, the skills of the individual, the mental state of the individual and other factors as shall be determined at more length before these programs are put in place. The primary focus will, whenever possible, be focused on rehabilitation through the introduction of individual responsibility and the requisite skills and opportunities to (re)integrate into society as productive and contributing members within the societal body.
i Families that have been impoverished for multiple generations will need substantially more assistance adjusting to “normal” life than most. As such, programs for both troubled and at-risk youth in addition to more family-oriented programs will be made available to these families. In cases where there are larger groups of people and/or families with common ties, such as among certain tribes and/or geographical locations, programs will also be considered for these larger groups in order to develop a more refined sense of community, trust and the common bonds shared by all.
ii While the programs for employees and leadership teams from the corporate entities will be separate and unique, they will often be developed and run by the same groups of people. As such, they are worth at least noting here, even if demanding a separate section of this document to go into further details.
iii One of the primary benefits of subsidies contributed through the corporate entities is the ability of the people to select what they want without any undue political influence. The programs that will be subsidized include programs for music, painting and similar arts, crafts and craft making and other areas wherein a sufficient number of students have exhibited skills which show promise. While the sciences are not traditional areas for programs regarding troubled and at risk youth, it is preferable to have numerous offerings including in many different scholastic fields in addition to the more traditional arts and crafts.
iv Programs will be in numerous different locations based on the needs of the program and the desired results. “Tall Ships” will be utilized for troubled youth who may have difficulties working with others and/or social integration. Programs in more historical locations, occasionally even within “Living History Museums” wherein they will have opportunities to learn in different environments and settings will be available as an option. Some programs may be in more isolated and harsh environments for more severely at risk youth who for those who are merely keen for a more challenging ... albeit more rewarding team-building experience. Some of the programs will be offered in more traditional school-like environments wherein there is stability and routine to help the individual adjust accordingly.
v Minimal Sentencing Standards and other “requirements” of statutory and regulatory law have allowed for the destruction of lives effectively without due process ... insofar as the legislative and/or statutory “law” in place, is not contestable by the people. There was a time when “Jury Nullification” allowed the jury in a trial to judge not only the guilt or innocence of the “offending party” but also of the law itself. The primary role of the Citizen Review Board will be to keep the governing body in check and to ensure that in the event that there are convictions based on a disregard for extenuating circumstances as were present and/or based upon law that is deemed, on further review to be against the desires, wishes, beliefs and/or desires of the community as a whole, the law in addition to the individual may be duly judged by other residents within the same society within the limits of such parameters as shall be established.
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