Colour me perhaps jaded, and most likely naive...A relatively recent example:
It appears no one was actively searching for Randall McKenzie before he allegedly killed an OPP officer — despite facing new charges while on bail, Susan Clairmont writes.www.thespec.com
But it pisses me off when people oppose funding for law enforcement because they think the money could be better spent on 'mental illness & addiction.'
What I never hear is HOW??
How do we spend 'more money on mental illness'? Is mental illness a tangible person or thing we can spend money on?
What do they want that money to do exactly...hire more social workers to deal with mentally ill individuals more often in the hopes they don't go murder their bloody neighbours? Do they want it spent on supervised group homes for some folks? The building of dedicated mental health hospitals again?
How do we spend more money on mental illness? And what do we spend it on?
Same goes with addiction...
Currently, my understanding is that if you are addicted and have decided it's something you no longer want in your life, you go to a doctor who then refers you to the appropriate treatment plan (also known as Rehab)
Rehab facilities tend to be isolated and away from the common sources of drugs and alcohol, where individuals voluntarily enter a program designed to help them kick their addiction to a specific substance. (I'm unsure if there tends to be a wait list or not)
^ I could be entirely wrong about the above btw, I honestly have very little real experience with addictions
But my question remains...HOW is spending money on addictions' going to help anybody? How do we even do it?
Are they advocating that money is used to hire more staff? Open more rehabilitation centres? Fund certain medications? Enhance the training of already hired staff?
What the actual f**k is 'spend money on mental illness and addictions' supposed to look like...??
I DO KNOW that if your a criminal who preys on people, steals their cars, assaults them, etc etc the POLICE show up pretty damn quickly if the situation is requiring officers to be there 'right now' and they will make that criminal disappear (aka go away)
Now the COURTS on the other hand are all f**ked up...releasing an offender just because he happens to be native? Sorry, but fuck off with the reverse racism - especially when the individual is clearly a shitbag who poses a serious risk to society. If his own mother is saying "Screw it, he's yours..." that's a pretty solid sign the dude should have been locked up when the system had him. That, and his lifetime of being a scumbag...
We run a legal system in this country that is brutally expensive to run. I don't think the general public as a clue as to how expensive our legal system is to run...
Crown prosecutors & their assistants. Judges & their assistants. Clerks of the court. Courthouse admin staff. Armed security (usually a form of law enforcement) in the courthouses. The maintenance of the buildings themselves. The utility bills. The landscaping or public areas...
Then we have the correctional centres & the officers & staff that work there. Probation officers. Feeding the inmates. The utility bills. The maintenance of those facilities. The technology that goes into virtual courtroom attendance. Etc etc etc
Then we get to the actual police services, their members, vehicles, gas for vehicles, uniforms and equipment, specialized computers, specialized kit used in investigations, blah blah blah blah blah...
Our system is EXPENSIVE to run. Very expensive. And for the amount of taxpayer money that goes into it, it should be able to make basic decisions & deterninations that protect the public from certain ppl that clearly pose a threat...
Cut off your ankle monitor? Cool bro, hang out in a jail cell until your court matter gets sorted out, since you just told the system you can't be trusted to wear it. It doesn't matter if your native, or white, or black.
How frigging hard is that??
Mods, I apologize in advance, I know I dropped a few curse words in the above...