At the time when youth truancy and inter-racial violence are a fixture plaguing our youth in schools and communities across the state, we are in dire need of educators and resources to address the problems. How can we say that the youth are our future when more money are spent on building more prison beds than education. It sickens me to know that some Correctional Officers can make over two hundred thousand dollars a year as babysitters in human warehouses the state called "California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR)." "Thirty-six state prison employees - from corrections officers to doctors, nurses and other medical staff - earned more than $100,000 in overtime pay during 2006...Statewide, prison employees were paid more than $500 million in overtime during the year, a 35 percent increase for the previous year." (SF Chronicle 7/15/07)
When the governor approved over 7 billion dollars to build 53,000 new prison beds, we know where his priority lies.
The community has to come to together and speak up for our youth. Let's stop the expansion of prisons and start the empowerment of our youth. Let's listen to our youth and ask them what they want. Power to the youth.