Guest is Tony Viola, Part 3 of 3 - Government Accountability
Tony Viola, a Cleveland, Ohio citizen 10 years ago, was an ordinary successful real estate broker, having built his company with his wife. That all changed after being targeted by a government task force. He spent 10 years in jail before being exonerated. Tony continues the conversation about the misconduct of federal prosecutors, defense attorneys, bank officers, witnesses, and even jurors.
What's happening in the family house and the church house is also happening in the government house - abuse of power and dysfunction.
· Our own accountability – we are in the jury stands. We just can’t point our fingers but need to examine our own activity.
· Fundamental issue – It’s big business. It’s about MONEY.
· Qualified immunity - Citizens should have the opportunity to sue for civil damages.
· Solitary confinement being used as a weapon
· Toxic - Prison is a toxic environment – The corrosive nature of prison. This is not a good place to work.
· Crime is not depreciating even though we have so much incarceration.
· Waste of resources within the system.
· Senator Booker, “It’s a stain on the soul of the country to treat people like this, to incarcerate people like this, to be cruel to people that maybe made a mistake or have an addiction.”
· Letting dangerous people out and keeping people who are not a threat to society inside.
· Diesel therapy – shipping people all over the place as punishment.
What can you do to help –
a. Government – Put reforms in place as forms of security to restrict corrupt leadership
b. Our own as citizens – Examine ourselves and become involved in civic affairs. It's our duty.
c. Individual inmate themselves – Take responsibility for actions
2. Prisons have a toxic environment where you can not just lose your mind, but your soul. Some additional measures need to be introduced to stop....
a. Guards committing suicide
b. Inmates losing their right to dignity
3.Fundamental issue – It’s a business
a. Not about correction
b. Forgiveness – a clear path to pardons
c. Consensus – Not a partisan issue
This is a glaring example of the real nature of the human heart.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV - Pray for those in authority.
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,
intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those
in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and
Job 34:18 – Leave ultimate accountability to God. He does govern.
“God condemns kings and rulers when they are worthless or wicked.”
It’s not in our timing, but His. Let’s rest in that God will judge all corrupt
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Wrap up: That was the second part of my interview with Tony Viola. We have more to come, so tune in next week for the last segment of this interview.
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