A Criminal Who Becomes A Professor

552.03In the News (San Francisco Examiner): San Francisco thinks it may have an answer for its rising gun violence problem: Paying people to not pull the trigger.

“The idea is to provide the small number of San Franciscans who authorities believe are most at risk of shooting someone — or being shot — with an incentive to get help and stay out of trouble. It’s a solution that proponents say already has shown promise preventing gun crimes in other parts of California. …

“Participants will be able to earn up to $200 more a month by hitting milestones in the program, such as landing a job interview, complying with probation or consistently meeting with a mentor.”

 Question: Do you think this might work?

Answer: Psychologically it can work. After all, $200 means that a few times a week he can go to a bar to drink beer. To celebrate his exemplary behavior.

Question: Why, in principle, are such terms given to petty criminals?

Answer: To provide a non-committal reply. It is clear that this does not correct anything.

Question: That is, you would not convict a person, would not put him in jail?

Answer: According to the Torah, this is absolutely prohibited. According to the Torah, a person is not imprisoned.

Comment: Yes, but according to the Torah, a serious criminal is still isolated.

My Response: This is a different matter. He is alienated from society, isolated from society. But not in the form of imprisonment. There is no such thing in the Torah.

Question: But if such criminals are not imprisoned, what can be done with them? How to educate them?

Answer: Very simply. Establish schools and universities and instead of sitting in their cells, they will sit in classrooms and study. Teach them everything that they have not learned. They should write, make reports.

After the bell rings they all have a meal. Then they come back and have another lesson. There they must repeat the material, raise their hands, and answer questions.

Question: Would you send police officers to stand near the classrooms?

Answer: Police officers should be teachers.

Comment: That is, if you put this petty criminal in school for two years…

My Response: You will receive professors.

Question: And this is the best system that can ever be?

Answer: The only one. Only education. Only serious studies. Moreover, according to their interests; someone perhaps will go for music. There are a lot of people interested. Music, art, construction, activities with animals, they will want something like this.

That is, we should reveal their talents. It will be much cheaper than maintaining all these establishments.

Comment: It seems that there are a lot of talents hidden in criminals. Even more than in the rest of the people.

My Response: This is basically why they become criminals. Because they cannot realize themselves in something normal. This is how our world was created. It is necessary to find this bud in a person, to reveal this talent in him, and he will flourish.

Question: It would be nice if it could be like this! But how to do it? Where will you find such judges, educators, and police officers?

Answer: “Who are the judges?”
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 9/9/21

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