San Francisco, CA (BlackNews.com) - Allen Jones a prison reformer in San Francisco is calling out all so called black leaders for being silent on the 3 federal judge court order last month to release 44,000 inmates from California's overcrowded prison system.
"You're fired!" Jones says to "Black leaders" like the NAACP, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others not willing to stand up to elected officials in California and telling them to obey the federal court order to release prisoners.
The federal court order to release as many as 44,000 inmates, many of whom are black is the biggest issue for justice for young blacks in the 21st century, says Jones adding; "I'm not na´ve on releasing anyone but we are missing a big opportunity. To be in a position to reach out and help young felons of all races who are in prison and have not given up yet should not be looked on as a fearful thing. "Many of these young felons are going to get out of prison. Why wait until they are bitter hardened felons who prey on our fears when we can jump on an opportunity to help thousands get back on track?"
Jones is confident that California can comply with the federal court's order to come up with a plan in 45 days to release the most suitable prisoners in 2 years without risking the public's safety. But he warns against a whites 50% release and all others 50% release. "If the court says release 27% then don't sabotage the release order with some ridiculous racial release percentage breakdown."
"I'm furious with the statements of the governor and a State lawmaker that was full of fear and no hope. And I'm ashamed of the so called black leaders who have remained seated or are nowhere to be found to comment on fighting words from elected officials" says Jones. Governor Schwarzenegger was quick to say 'We will appeal' and California State Senator, John Benoit was quoted by a KESQ reporter in Palm Desert as saying '...We should not lie down and take a federal court decision.'
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would tell today's black leaders 'You aren't fit to live,' for allowing those statements from California elected officials to go unanswered."
"By creating a five person panel of some of these same fearful elected officials in every one of the State's 58 counties the responsibility to receive these released individuals breaks down to 379 prisoners on average per year, per county. But the fearful would have us to believe that all 44,000 are going to be released in your backyard."
Jones envisions counties receiving $8,000.00 per released individual for rehabilitation services, that comes to a little over $3,000,000 for each county (again average). With the added incentive of granting a full pardon to those who complete rehabilitation and stay out of the prison system for 3, 4 or 5 years (depending on their current prison record) many ex-felons would jump at the opportunity to have a clean record. He adds, "This is easier than the current convoluted way to determine who should be released. Why? Because the easier you make the process the better chance the ex-felon would follow it."
Responding to the question of where we get the money Jones says, "Black leaders such as the NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton have not been known to be shy about asking for federal government money. They should all be on a plane to Washington D.C. with California elected officials stating the serious need for federal help with rehabilitation funds for these prisoners. If black leaders can't step up and work on helping with this federal court prisoner release order, then we need a sign in the window for new black leaders that reads, HELP WANTED! Black leaders no experience needed; will train."
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