The link above is a short news clip describing the status of the new Richmond City Jail. The fact that it will be overcrowded the day it opens makes it all the more a reality that we have a societal issue here. Program development is hard. There is a lot to look at in the development of a new program or creating guidelines for alternative sentencing. This reminds me of the class discussion a couple of weeks ago when Dr. McLeod said, “the issues being addressed in your projects are not singular issues.” He is right. They are huge issues. Each one is entangled in a myriad of many other. The overcrowding of the current jail is certainly a concern; there have been many deaths and the conditions invite much to be desired. Yet, the new multi-million dollar structure does not solve the fact that a large percentage of their population are recidivist. Every jurisdiction is different and the vast underlying issues that keep people in the cycle of the criminal justice system are daunting to address. Why do people keep going back to a place they hate so much? What is effective programming? How can we ever afford the resources needed to address the issue at its core, rather than supporting the cycle of such an expensive and miserable way of life. To say the least, the City of Richmond has their work cut out for them.