You have to wonder if Detroit is just the first city to experience this.
One measure of how tough times are in the Motor City: Some of the offenders in jail don’t want to be released; some who do get out promptly re-offend to head back where there’s heat, health care and three meals a day.
“For the first time, I’m seeing guys make a conscious decision they’ll be better off in prison than in the community, homeless and hungry,” said Joseph Williams of New Creations Community Outreach, which assists ex-offenders. “In prison they’ve got three hots and a cot, so they commit a crime to go back in and come out when times are better.”
It's a crying shame that America can't bring itself to do better for its citizens than this. It resembles a 3rd world nation more than a 1st world one.
He worries that despair and frustration may take a toll as Detroiters see more manufacturing jobs vanish and get no short-term answer when they ask, “What next?”
“Somebody needs to hear us before we begin to see a rise of social upheaval,” Vann said. “I hate to say that. It’s a God-forbid reality.”
Given the direction we are going, perhaps social upheaval is the better scenario.