This was the question that burned in my mind after a recent road trip through southeastern Albany County. A little research on the subject revealed Camp Cass to be a residential rehabilitative center for delinquent youth run by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Apparently, residents in the Rensselaerville area of Albany County were alarmed because a student escaped the facility, robbed an elderly couple and took off with their car. My response: so what?
Am I the only one who can appreciate the irony of this? Rural communities have long benefited (almost parasitically) from the location of prisons and the jobs they provide in the local economy. Is it any surprise that mostly white rural Republicans take such a tough stance on law and order issues?
I had to laugh when I read about the teenager who broke out, robbed an elderly couple and stole their car. What do you expect? Rural conservatives have benefited from crime and punishment for far too long. Crimes are committed in inner cities and then the criminals are convicted and sent to rural prisons which provide jobs and economic stimulus to local economies that thrive on incarceration. It’s about time that these rural areas had to start experiencing the negatives associated with the prison-industrial complex that they have so richly benefited from.
If you ask me, Camp Cass should be open for business with no input from the local residents whatsoever. Rural conservatives should not be allowed to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the consequences of the tough-on-crime policies that they so vehemently support. To residents near Camp Cass, I say, start fitting your windows for bars and look into getting a guard dog, because it’s time for your just dessert.