The Trump Economy makes Criminal Justice Reform Possible or #JobsNotMobs Revisited

by Datechguy | October 20th, 2018

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The Trump Economy makes Criminal Justice Reform Possible or #JobsNotMobs Revisited

[cap­tion id=“attachment_108222” align=“aligncenter” width=“768”] Visit the Impris­oned a cor­po­ral work of mercy[/caption]There is one fact about the Trump Crim­i­nal Jus­tice reform busi­ness that needs to be pointed out.

Before I con­tinue let me point out that the points that fol­low only apply to folks who are not incor­ri­gi­ble. If a per­son decides he prefers the finan­cial, social or self esteem rewards that come with a crim­i­nal life and is will­ing to take the risks involved in same, no amount of reform is going to make a dif­fer­ence. The argu­ment below only applies to peo­ple whose goal is to leave crim­i­nal life and get a 2nd chance to be a law abid­ing citizen.

The best way to get a 2nd chance if you are an ex-​con is to have a shot at a job, because if you can sup­port your­self and your fam­ily you are less likely to fall back on the under­ground ille­gal econ­omy to pro­vide either the neces­si­ties or the extra com­forts that a per­son would like to occa­sion­ally have.

Now dur­ing times when there are more peo­ple seek­ing work than jobs avail­able, an employer can pick and choose. In such an econ­omy, such as the one dur­ing the Obama years a busi­ness owner is likely going to elim­i­nate a per­son with a record from con­sid­er­a­tion, which is com­pletely rea­son­able and ratio­nal deci­sion. After all Why would you risk hir­ing a per­son with a crim­i­nal record in your employ when there are a dozen other peo­ple with­out such a record vying for the same job? Even worse is the fact that peo­ple look­ing for work in such a sit­u­a­tion will take a job below their nor­mal skill level. When this is the case the ex-​con has lit­tle or no chance to find legal work is much more likely to fall into old ille­gal habits sim­ply for the sake of survival.

And while this was the norm in the Obama Econ­omy the Trump econ­omy is a dif­fer­ent animal.

There are mil­lions more jobs then there are job seek­ers. Not only are skilled work­ers no longer set­tling for unskilled job but even unskilled work­ers are get­ting the chance to go far. Given this sit­u­a­tion there is never a bet­ter chance that a hir­ing man­ager, des­per­ate to fill posi­tions will decide to over­look qual­i­ties that might have once been disqualifying.

What does that mean for sen­tenc­ing reform, it means that instead of releas­ing an ex-​con into an envi­ron­ment where he or she is bound to fail and likely to re-​offend said ex-​con is released into an envi­ron­ment where he or she is most likely to suc­ceed in find­ing gain­ful employ­ment and have a chance to prove their value as a pro­duc­tive law abid­ing citizen.

Even bet­ter the paucity of peo­ple avail­able to work causes upward pres­sure on wages make it more likely that said employ­ment will pro­vide enough to make more prof­itable but risky crim­i­nal behav­ior less of an attraction.

That’s what the Trump boom means. More ex-​cons more likely able to find work at wages high enough to dis­cour­age the choice of an ille­gal alternative.

It is the best prison reform pro­gram in the world and brings a whole new mean­ing to the hash­tag #jobsnotmobs

Visit the Imprisoned a corporal work of mercy

There is one fact about the Trump Criminal Justice reform business that needs to be pointed out.

Before I continue let me point out that the points that follow only apply to folks who are not incorrigible. If a person decides he prefers the financial, social or self esteem rewards that come with a criminal life and is willing to take the risks involved in same, no amount of reform is going to make a difference. The argument below only applies to people whose goal is to leave criminal life and get a 2nd chance to be a law abiding citizen.

The best way to get a 2nd chance if you are an ex-con is to have a shot at a job, because if you can support yourself and your family you are less likely to fall back on the underground illegal economy to provide either the necessities or the extra comforts that a person would like to occasionally have.

Now during times when there are more people seeking work than jobs available, an employer can pick and choose. In such an economy, such as the one during the Obama years a business owner is likely going to eliminate a person with a record from consideration, which is completely reasonable and rational decision. After all Why would you risk hiring a person with a criminal record in your employ when there are a dozen other people without such a record vying for the same job? Even worse is the fact that people looking for work in such a situation will take a job below their normal skill level. When this is the case the ex-con has little or no chance to find legal work is much more likely to fall into old illegal habits simply for the sake of survival.

And while this was the norm in the Obama Economy the Trump economy is a different animal.

There are millions more jobs then there are job seekers. Not only are skilled workers no longer settling for unskilled job but even unskilled workers are getting the chance to go far. Given this situation there is never a better chance that a hiring manager, desperate to fill positions will decide to overlook qualities that might have once been disqualifying.

What does that mean for sentencing reform, it means that instead of releasing an ex-con into an environment where he or she is bound to fail and likely to re-offend said ex-con is released into an environment where he or she is most likely to succeed in finding gainful employment and have a chance to prove their value as a productive law abiding citizen.

Even better the paucity of people available to work causes upward pressure on wages make it more likely that said employment will provide enough to make more profitable but risky criminal behavior less of an attraction.

That’s what the Trump boom means. More ex-cons more likely able to find work at wages high enough to discourage the choice of an illegal alternative.

It is the best prison reform program in the world and brings a whole new meaning to the hashtag #jobsnotmobs

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