Crime Pays

Crime

Crime pays the ambulance when we get shot

Crime pays the police when we get caught

Crime pays the lawyers to defend our cases

Crime pays the judges to see our faces

Crime pays the prison to hold us

Crime pays the coroners to mold us

Crime pays the probation officers to watch us

Crime pays the FBI to stop us

Crime pays the prosecutor to convict us

Crime pays the snitch to conflict us

Crime pays the media to broadcast our crimes

Crime pays the therapist to read in our minds

Crime pays the hospitals to heal our wounds

Crime pays the cemeteries to show our tombs

Crime pays a lot of people –

I hope you get it –

Except the ones who commit it

By Fred Cooper

Image Courtesy of Kai Strandskov’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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