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Building more jails won’t solve problems

We hear politicians talking a lot about criminal justice reform. Most of it is just that, talk. Georgia, unfortunately, holds the top position in the United States for persons under surveillance (incarcerated, paroled or on probation).

To continue electing the same individuals who have been unable to solve the problem is pointless. To continue on our current path of locking our young away  and depriving them of their God-given freedoms for their entire lives is ludicrous.

Our own county government is proposing the jail-happy Georgian mentality by building yet another institution to house the growing population of prisoners. As they say, follow the money.

The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure has been mostly ignored. Mental health programs including those aimed at substance abuse cannot compete for funding against powerful prison lobbies. We are reminded every week by reading the police blotter in our own Clayton Tribune that our main problem locally can be traced to drugs.

Demand more of our leaders by insisting that our tax dollars be spent wisely. Demand an investment in our community’s mental health and addiction programs. Invest in our young people and their future.

— Warren May, Clayton