Let’s start with some facts.
There’s a shortage of construction and other workers.
That worker shortage impacts manufactured housing, and other builders too. There is also the cost and consequences of incarceration.
According to Wikipedia, “In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.”
When did that surge in incarcerations begin?
According to Reason in a 2015 post, “…neoconservative academic John J. DiIulio Jr. warned Weekly Standard readers [in the 1990s] that “These monsters weren’t entirely inhuman. “Under some conditions,” DiIulio allowed, “they are affectionate and loyal to fellow gang members or relatives.” Though “not even moms or grandmoms are sacred to them.”
“All this fear-mongering would eventually be debunked. Over the next two decades juvenile crime, like crime in general, would sharply fall instead of surging. DiIulio himself eventually recanted the superpredator theory. But not before it was adopted by a number of prominent and powerful Americans, such as this woman,” said the libertarian-leaning Reason, which posted the following video.
Rephrased, then First Lady Hillary Clinton made the remarks reflect in the video along with others in support of President Bill Clinton’s sentencing guidelines program.
It was a Democratic administration that led the U.S. into the highest percentage of inmates in the world. While there were voices on both sides of the aisle that wanted that, why is it that some Democrats try to make it sound like this was a conservative-created issue? That’s simply untrue. Without President Clinton’s buy-in and Hillary Clinton’s leadership and support for that cause, it would likely have died in Congress.
There are regrettably millions of Americans who are reflexively anti-Trump. But the 45th President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has worked with a bipartisan group to craft legislation that may well cross the finish line. Who says?
Another left-of-center media outlet, USA Today.
President Trump Embraces Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
“The ‘First Step Act,’ developed by [Jared] Kushner and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is designed to improve rehabilitation programs for former prisoners and give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crime, particularly drug offenders,” David Jackson, Deborah Barfield Berry, and John Fritze report,” said the USA Today.
The industry and the nation can benefit from the right type of bill.
MHProNews is not taking a position on the specifics of this legislation. Rather, we are spotlighting it as one of several topics that a good post-production national association should be objectively paying attention to, and so should savvy manufactured housing professionals, owners, investors, and all others who care about people and justice. We also applaud those businesses that provide prudential second chances to those who want to start over after incarceration.
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