This week, the latest study on arrest rates of American young adults.

30% by age 23 are arrested for other than a traffic violation.  That’s a significant increase from a 1965 study of the same issue which found 22% had been arrested.

Why?  We all have our opinions.  Here’s the New York Times article.

Sitting in rural/urban Kansas this week my father-in-law described the story of one young man he knows who owes several hundred dollars as a result of criminal charges.  Punitive?  Sure.  Effective?  I don’t know.  Making it hard for a young person who now is trying to do the right thing?  Yup.

Are there better ways of addressing the problems of American society?  It’s a good question.

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