I am not an expert on the topic of recidivism, but I do believe the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum discussion on the subject this Friday at the Regency West in Los Angeles is timely and warranted. Jackie Lacey, candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney, is slated to be the keynote speaker. Los Angeles is currently the number one city for inmates incarceration in the state of California. Juxtaposition this fact with California having the highest incarceration rate of any state in the United States of America (USA) and one should discern we have a major problem in California with our prison industry. California is spending more on prisons than on higher education and that’s an even greater issue.
The current NBC “Education Nation Summit” currently taking place in New York City is essential and noteworthy. Too many of our children are dropping out of schools, both high schools and colleges, for more reasons than one can explain. It is reported the educational issue in our nation has become a national security problem. How is that one might ask? Well, officials associated with our armed forces are intimating 70% of the individuals applying to be recruited into our volunteer army are lacking basis skills. In a world where technology will play a greater part in future conflicts between warring nations, this will be an issue for the USA Army if recruits cannot comprehend Math, Biology and Science.
Hopefully, after the dust has settled on this year’s (NBC Education Nation is three years old) summit, the thought leaders in business, education, government, philanthropy and media, who are engaged in the summit’s discussion, will produced a focused solution-based strategic plan which should be enacted immediately to save our children from entering into the prison industry. There are few options for a child who is poor and uneducated. As a matter of fact, the premier options for poor and uneducated children seemed to be drugs, gangs and crime, especially, if they are not engaged in some form of educational pursuit. Fortunately, we know the perils of drugs, gangs and crime. It is time for our citizens to get involved with their local school districts to assist with the education of the nations’ children.