“You do the crime, you do the time,” that has always been one America’s catch phrases - which seems pretty reasonable. After all, you do something wrong, you pay the price and move on.
But what if our criminals, because of tremendous budget cuts, are not able to do the time? What if there isn’t any punishment?
I’ve always been a believer in second chances – but AFTER you finish up your time and pay your debts.
With state and federal budget problems across the country, along with impending court orders to release tens of thousands of prisoners across the country, could we be in a public safety pickle much deeper than we bargained for?
We know that drastic budget cuts are likely going to occur in the very near future for America. We have too much debt, including growing debt, and it’s not likely something “miraculous” is going to save us.
And so we face the prospect of the growing release of thousands of prisoners (possibly at a time) to the streets without a plan for watching them or without giving them something to do – like having a job.
With a sustained downturn in the economy, stubborn jobless rates, budget strapped cities and states being unable to fight crime, the release of thousands of prisoners in our communities would likely spell disaster.
With bikers, street gangs, and ex-cons roaming around and an exploding drug war just across the boarder - it’s not hard to imagine the ensuing crime circus hitting our neighborhoods within days.
The good news is that growth in security related sectors might push up a few industries. Here are a few industries that might get a boost:
Gun manufacturers:No doubt those families wanting to protect themselves would be shopping for a wide variety of guns.
Fencing Companies: Whether for first time installers or those homes who want to add a few more feet their fences would generate some much needed revenue into this sector.
Home Security Companies: Need we say more?
Dog Trainers: Training your poodle or German Sheppard to attack any intruder could spawn a whole new growth industry with dog trainers.
Grocery Services: During the dot com bust of the late 1990’s many grocery delivery services flopped. Yet, many are rebounding after learning a few crucial lessons from a decade ago. The release of more ex-cons on the street could produce some robust profits.
Armored Cars: Already big with narco dealers, armored cars can help you generate the protection you need as you race your family from your home to the freeway.
Land sales in the heart of nowhere: After the 1992 Los Angelesriots, we saw a tremendous flight of families to rural communities across the U.S.If your late uncle left you some land in Nebraska, it might be time to take it off the market, and instead make the move there.
Insurance companies: Whether car, home, or life insurance, we should start seeming some major growth here.
America may be waking up to its problem with illegal immigrants, but the problems we face when the prison doors fly open are likely to bring America into an even darker age than where we are today, on the cusp of an era of darkness, greater and potentially lasting longer than the Great Depression.
What are your thoughts?