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Without prison reform the very fabric of our nation is at risk

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 20, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Too many young people are growing up in environments that increase their chances of becoming part of the prison population.

  • CLM Draper, UT
    April 20, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    And as they privatize more prisons, they're revisiting the 19th century, creating contract slavery--a corps of almost one million convict workers, paid between 93 cents and $4.73/day--easy to control, stripped of their rights, and controlled with martial discipline at the first sign of unwillingness.

    Privately owned prisons who "lease out" prison labor receive aid from the government in the form of subsidies, tax incentives, even facilities, utilities and free space.

    It pays big to put people in jail, regardless the degree of the crime.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 20, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    As they privatize more prisons, look for more legislation like the immigration laws AZ tried to push thru.
    Written by and given to politicians with a big fat lobby check from the builder of several new prisons near
    the border. Their intention was never deportation, it was unlimited detention of whole families at the tax
    payers expense.

    Follow the money, it usually leads to an unholy alliance between a politician and a business man with greed on their mind and a way of spinning their enterprise into "good for people" it seldom is.

  • George Bronx, NY
    April 20, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    "At the same time, two-thirds of Americans say there is more crime today than a year ago." is a great illustration of one of the driving forces towards incarceration rates WHile actual crimes rates have been hovering near 30+ year lows peoples paranoia continues to be grow. When people get increasingly scared they want more done which means more incarceration and longer sentences for crimes. You want to take a big chunk out of the prison system? stop the paranioa games.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    April 20, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Because we are an unrighteous people and don't hold the governments feet to the fire anymore, we are living on a prison planet.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 20, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    This article nailed it. The statistics are astounding. Rape, Larceny, Murder all deserve prison. Our Jails should be able to handle all other offenses, because your length of stay for other offenses should be short.
    You best pay for your crime though community service. Not us paying for you to sit in a 50,000/month corner.
    Evaluate our penal code, stop imprisoning everyone. Sentence people reasonably. Rehabilitate people, its cheaper than imprisonment.
    On another note, it can't be healthy for a country to just have 1,000s of prisons all over the country. Because there will always be some lunatic that wants to fill them.

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    April 20, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    A child growing up where Welfare and other Government programs and handouts is the way of life . . . to a life behind bars where the Government handouts supply a roof over your head, bed, clothing, food, television, a workout gym etc., seems like a logical progression.