This topic was addressed so eloquently in THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran:
“And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.
Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.”
On this note, I have a personal story to share. A young man was in and out of prison for alcohol / drug use. Not hurting anyone but self, as far as I can determine. The WAR ON DRUGS declared war on him. There was no rehabilitation, just punishment. He was out of jail with a $10,00 debt on his shoulders for court fees and other prison items. None of his incarcerations helped him get to root of his problem to prevent him from repeating this cycle. He recently had a good job but was dancing with the bottle. While intoxicated (which was breaking his parole), at a home which the police were called to, he spoke his last words; “I will not go back to jail.” He committed suicide on the spot. Age 29.
Four years ago, I got the book Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, and Spirituality by Charles Shaw. I did not get far in the book, as it was a Downer. Now I am determined to finish reading it. I will dive into this now and you probably will hear more from me on this topic. Maybe, I can find a way to help.
Per Wikipedia: out of 221 countries; the US is number 220 per capita of 100,000 citizens, having 693 incarcerated. Only one country was higher per capita! Incarceration rate per capita
Something is wrong. Can we remove the stumbling stone?