Colin Powell on Crime
Secretary of State (Pres. Bush Cabinet)
A: I think thereís a change taking place and people realize we canít keep building jails. This isnít the solution. This is a temporary fix on the problem. If we want to stop building jails, weíve got to get back to building children.
Once you get kids pointed in that direction, youíre not going to have that problem with jails at the end of the day. And so, what I was trying to say to the party is why you may have had to build a jail thatís not the ultimate solution. The ultimate solution is to build our children. They should cheer that. They ought to cheer that. I think theyíre seeing the party come forward with policies that will do that.
The problem is as simple and as direct as this: We either get back to the task of building our children the way we know how, or weíre going to keep building jails in America. And itís time to stop building jails in America and get back to the task of building our children.
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