I watch some of the real life jail shows on tv like Lockup or Cell block. I have really had an interesting education. Sort of a wake up call if you will. I think all of the public should watch these shows before they vote on referendums and money to build jails, rehab facilities, the mental health system in this country and all that other good hooha. For instance, today on Cellbock 6 which is about female inmates in this jail system that has actual inmates coming in just arrested, those waiting trials, those already been tried and waiting their sentences and some just have less than a year sentence so they are doing it in county. Ok, there were these 2 girls who were junkies plain and simple. Get caught over and over again for petty crimes where drugs are at the route of it. Possession, crack, heroin, soliciting, shoplifting...things like that. Well...neither of them really have much family. One of the girls family is mostly in prison, the other one doesnt know much about hers. They look to their dope boys for help. Yeah right. These girls get booked into the jail and within 8 hours or less they are released straight back out onto the streets without any bond being placed on them, just telling them to be at court the next morning at 9am. Everyone knows they wont be there because they have missed every other court date. Of course they dont show so another warrant is issued and the cops go pick them up and the wheel turns again and they are spewed out again in another 8 hours or so. Its a flippen joke! These two girls and so many more like them are addicts. They dont need to be hitting jail every other day, they need to be hitting a full blown rehab facility the first go round where they cant get out and they dont have the option of quitting. Many of these girls are begging for it but there are none available. Instead their best hope is to get a longer prison sentence in a place that has a sub abuse program and NA/AA meetings. I do think if us parents on here ruled the world we could fix this mess because it certainly is not working well. I sure dont think the sentences they hand down now make much sense at all. 300 years? For real? That makes no sense at all to me. I think if you commit rape or torture or kill a child that should get you the max sentence of anything. Life without parole. Sorry, dont think you can be rehabilitated. Murder 1. Premeditated. Same thing. Life without parole. Homicide. that is where we need to make allowances. I dont think they need to add everything up to make things up to 300 years. Thats just crazy.