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Do Criminals Ever Pay Their Complete Debt to Society?

How does serving time in jail or prison fully repay society for transgressions?

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When someone commits a crime and serves time for his or her transgression, whether the crime is murder or as simple as vandalism, has the debt to society truly been paid?

The notion prevails that serving time in jail or prison somehow repays society for the transgression. Is this the case, or even close to being so?

Let’s consider the crime of vandalism and not murder. In one town, four students vandalized the outside brick walls of the then newly constructed high school by writing racially-charged messages intended to hurt other students. The perpetrators were quickly apprehended and sentenced.

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Assessing the True Costs

Jail time, community service, and paying to have the brickwork cleaned seem to satisfy most people’s sense of fairness. What are the true costs, however, of such a crime? In the case of the four young men who chose to vandalize the school building, we have the emotional pain of those to whom the messages were directed.

If I were a student who had gone to this school, and one day I arrived to be greeted by a large message in spray paint that said I was not wanted there, would jail time, a few hours of community service, or removal of such paint restore me to my previous state?

Even if the messages were harmless, such as a school slogan, what about the cost of the law officers, school officials, town officials, town magistrates, and court officials? What about the judge involved in trying the case, achieving judicial resolution, and carrying out the sentence?

Is their time collectively, including their per-hour costs, overtime, oil and gas for any vehicles, equipment, supplies, insurance benefits, and other costs, repaid by criminals?

Consider the costs the local jurisdiction pays in terms of constructing and maintaining facilities; cleaning linens; cooking meals; paying utility bills, including hot water, lights, and electricity to house such perpetrators during their jail time.

How, and when, is that repaid? You guessed it – through tax dollars. Are such out-of-pocket costs to society ever paid by the perpetrators themselves?

Truth in Debt to Society

Consider the resulting costs to society when someone commits a robbery, armed robbery, grand larceny, fraud, assault, rape, or murder.

For these, and a variety other crimes against individuals, organizations, governments, and other social institutions, are the comprehensive and true costs to the victims of the crime and society at large ever paid by those who commit such acts in the first place?

If criminals were charged with the full cost of their actions – call it “truth in debt to society,” including all of their processing, court, and incarceration costs – added to the penalty they’re assessed by the judge, then the justice system would be more sensitive to taxpayers, and provide a heartier form of justice to victims and the criminals.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Mental Preparedness!!

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Are YOU Mentally Prepared?

When it comes to defense, most often times people think of what Implement they will use a bat, a golf club, a shotgun, pistol, rifle even or maybe a knife!  But, what most students I’ve taught initially don’t think about the mental preparedness side of things!

What are you doing to prepare yourself for a potential conflict or act of violence? I’m not just talking about grabbing a gun and going out there to stop some bad guy! No, I’m speaking more to the reality of your mental abilities! How are you preparing yourself MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY even to handle conflict?

It’s Not Always About The Gun!

I mean if you’re going to have it; you’re going to have to know how to use it! Like, I’m sure many have said, train with it until you forget it… It will become subconscious when you have enough “correct, continuous repetitions!

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However, what about all of those other scenarios that DO NOT require the gun?
Arguments with the public, someone who is having a very bad day and they’re taking it out on your verbally or in traffic. Parking Lot vagrants, bumming money, the crazy ex lover, or ex spouse gone wild, and the list goes on and on….

How have you set yourself up for success to handle yourself in a verbal conflict? Or understand how to de escalate a situation and avoid violence all together? What books have you read, conflicts you have faced in your past, training that gets you up to a level of comfortability with dealing with people unemotionally?

Or are you just relying on your gun skills, which may never be needed!

Wisdom is a Weapon!

To handle yourself in society, you will have to arm yourself with  the weapon of knowledge to succeed not just a physical tool of last resort.
Where are the common environments and scenarios that you could avoid all together?

  • Do you understand de-escalation of force?
  • How aware are you to your surroundings?
  • How would you profile the common criminal in your demographic?
  • Can I use psychology?
  • How do I look less like a victim?
  • Can I avoid the area or a person all together?

These questions and more are for you to evaluate today! You must train the mind, the body and spirit.

 

In Closing

DON’T EVER GO SOMEWHERE WITH A GUN, THAT YOU WOULDN’T GO IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE A GUN IN THE FIRST PLACE!  THINK ON THAT!!! Just because you have a gun and some training doesn’t mean you are fit for battle or you will WIN… Violent encounters are volatile and life ending…. If you can be aware and avoid, you are better off!

Remember, We train to help our subconscious performance become a reality and acceptable in the face of conflict! Train your mind, body and spirit to get you win the day, both In Life and On the Range and Definitely on the Street!  Stay Safe out There!

For Liberty,

Stephen D. Powell

The GunLife Coach

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Renewal for the Weary: Lunch Time

You owe it to yourself to have enjoyable, mindful, and healthy lunches

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Lunch can be a wonderful time of day — much more than the mere ingestion of needed calories. If approached correctly, lunch can be a time for rest and personal renewal, at least on a small scale.

How often, however, do we force lunch in between work-related activities, such as dealing with staff, reviewing files, undertaking online research, responding to email, etc.?

Wolfing down otherwise nutritious food can, in part, negate the value of what you are ingesting. If you are giving lunch short shrift, from a physiological standpoint you might not be deriving the optimal nutritional benefits from the food you consume.

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Clear Away the Time

Fortunately, you can clear away the time and space to have a relatively leisurely lunch that will help sustain and fortify you to handle the rest of the day’s activities:

If you haven’t already done so, schedule lunch each day. Go to your appointment calendar, or scheduling software, and mark those times during which you designate as lunchtime. Make it longer than it physically takes you to consume whatever you choose to eat.

If you bring your own food, for example, a 30-minute lunch time is usually more than enough time to finish what you have. Typically, a brown bag lunch takes only 12 to 18 minutes to consume.

By scheduling additional time, even if a few minutes, you can eat more slowly and mindfully, properly digest your food, and take a real break from your work.

In and Out

If you eat at a nearby restaurant, make plans so that you’re in and out relatively easily. Perhaps you can have a standing reservation on Tuesdays with one establishment, and then do the same for other days, with other establishments.

Consider the atmosphere and the food served. Is it calming and nourishing? If the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, consider having your lunch at a less busy time.

Reflect upon what you are eating. Is it nutritious and balanced? Whatever you choose to eat for lunch, ensure that it is not fast food. There is no need to recount the negative effects of consuming questionably sourced meat products, fried food, and foods laced with bad fats, sugars, and excess salt.

The cumulative effect of consuming fast food has been well-documented and does not support your health or well-being. So, before you run into that fast food restaurant, take a moment to think about what you will be eating and its effects on your body, for that afternoon and in the long term.

Keep it Light

When having lunch with a friend or staff person, strive to keep the conversation light. Lunch is not the time to dwell upon heavy duty issues. It is a good time to bond with others, to talk about topics unrelated to the office, or to simply shoot the breeze.

By all means, ensure that you have the capability to return from lunch in a leisurely manner.

No matter how unhurried your consumption of food might have been, if you have to hustle back to the office for a key staff meeting, once again, you might negate the benefits of everything that transpired before your frenzied return.

A Rewarding Time

With the right mindset and a few simple guidelines such as those discussed above, you can turn your lunchtime into something a bit more rewarding, if not much more, than it has been.

You owe it to yourself to have enjoyable, mindful, and healthy lunches, and to receive the associated benefits in terms of job satisfaction, effectiveness, and personal well-being.

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