To what benefit? People in prisons do not contribute in any meaningful way to society. What advantage is it to any government to increase amount of drain on its resources?
It isn't. Fiscally at least. But the U.S. government loves to lock people up, more than any other nation
. The expense of which is why we now have a privately operated gulag archipelago
in America. One which, by the way, caters to kids in some areas
. Local governments get contracts, the private prison gets a guaranteed supply of butts to rape
. So yes, I have a pretty strong skepticism of the American "justice" system, in and out of schools.
As for whether kids need more discipline, I've seen both ends of the spectrum. I've seen young punks who do indeed need an ass-whupping
, and I've seen kids who go through various circles of Hell most of us wouldn't even want to imagine (grinding poverty, abuse, molestation, etc.) who step a little out of line (especially with drugs, America's favorite excuse to lock up people) and end up with the system coming down on them like a load of bricks. So I don't think we need more discipline, I think we need more intelligent
discipline. I don't think skin color should be consciously considered. I think other circumstances specific to a child should be considered. And I do wonder to what extent socioeconomic class is a confounding variable here.