This comes after closing down half our jail. We are now putting tracking bracelets on people sentenced to jail, and they are being housed in our mission, the charity place for homeless people. Some of those released from jail immediately committed another crime. In general, the fear of punishment is not a strong force in preventing crime, because everyone knows jail time is very short.
We might see major cuts to the food assistant program. Life depends on 3 things, water, food and shelter. I don't think there is a city in the US with adequate housing for low income and no income people, and most have laws preventing people from sheltering themselves in tents on public property. A large portion of our population can not adequately meet these needs, because they are out of work. If we cut food stamps, how much worse will things be?
My head is screaming because we are not gathering adequate information and we are not working with reality. This is what I really need help with. I think we need to greatly improve our information gathering, and the media's willingness to keep us informed, as we face major changes in employment and housing, and possibly other measures of welfare. Any advise in what questions need to be ask, and how to go about surveying people?
Edited by me-wonders, 31 December 2012 - 05:02 PM.