“To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated, regimented, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, evaluated, censored, commanded; all by creatures that have neither the right, nor wisdom, nor virtue…. To be governed means that at every move, operation, or transaction one is noted, registered, entered in a census, taxed, stamped, priced, assessed, patented, licensed, authorized, recommended, admonished, prevented, reformed, set right, corrected. Government means to be subjected to tribute, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, pressured, mystified, robbed; all in the name of public utility and the general good. Then, at the first sign of resistance or word of complaint, one is repressed, fined, despised, vexed, pursued, hustled, beaten up, imprisoned, shot, machine-gunned, judged, sentenced, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to cap it all, ridiculed, mocked, outraged, and dishonored. That’s government, that’s its justice and its morality.” Daniel Guérin Anarchism: From Theory to Practice
Simmer down. . . I’m not an anarchist! I just happen to prefer a minimal government vs. a corrupt, abusive, inefficient and tyrannical government. Call me crazy but hey, that’s just me!
Anyhow, I had my first group probation meeting today in West St. Paul for case no. 19HA-CR-15-4227.
I don’t qualify for a transfer of my probation to Stearns Co. as I’m deemed to be low risk, and yet, I have six felony convictions!
I drove 1.5 hrs., to wait over an hour, to meet with a probation officer for 5 minutes.
Dakota County Community Corrections 2016-2017 Comprehensive Plan (Click on title to view)
Excerpts: Our integrated service delivery work for offenders will create an integrated infrastructure with consumer channels of access, common process functions, coordinated service delivery and ultimately, sustainable outcomes for our offenders.
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO ADULT & JUVENILE OFFENDERS
Although placing someone on probation is cheaper than imprisonment, it is still a significant expense. A 2014 Pew Study of 34 American states found the government spent around $2.5 billion on probation and parole programs in 2008 compared to $18.65 billion spent on prisons.
MN Dept. of Corrections – Dakota County Comprehensive Plan Budget
As government policy, the probation system has never been about helping people move on with their lives after committing a crime. Instead, it has enabled the government to dig deeper into peoples’ private lives in search of punishable flaws. The case for eliminating criminal probation
The real goal is to keep the problems going to keep the money flowing. There are very few aspects of any public system that do NOT tie back into funding, grants and the setup of monopolies at all levels of government.