There has been "home confinement" (or "house arrest") for
centuries in one form or another. Then there the possibility of capital
punishment for proven or confessed killers, restitution and legal costs for
thieves, robbers and other criminals, paid for by the offender not society. Why
do we always punish society twice: the criminal commits a crime against society
and then, when found guilty, the state commits another social crime in the
enormous financial cost to society of ineffectively imprisoning defendants.This article shows another problem with imprisonment, this time to many
of the imprisoned, and it is a huge one. Part of the punishment is not to be
raped, stabbed or beaten by fellow prisoners who are violent offenders in or out
of prison. It is shameful that any nation should have tolerated this aspect of
incarceration or who have permitted its continuance.
Meanwhile, ALEC is out there pushing lawmakers to privatize prisons and make all
of them for-profit businesses. Of course, they also push for tougher laws and
mandatory minimum sentences. They need all the customers they can get, after
all.If you, dear reader, have not heard of the fake
"charity" called ALEC, an organization of powerful corporate forces that
have enormous influence among Republicans in state legislatures throughout the
nation, you need to get busy and learn about them.ALEC is probably
the biggest threat this nation faces other than the Muslim extremists. And
maybe, because they hide among us, they are even more dangerous.
Great article about the dismal track record in rehabilitating offenders. I have
often wondered why is it we need to have the highest incarceration rate in the
world to ensure our freedom. I agree with comments that petty crimes lead to
jail time which leads criminal activity on a larger scale down the road.
RiflemanWhen was the last time a car dealer was put in prison for
communication fraud?How many business owners are in prison for violating
pollution laws?How many mine owners are in prison for failing to keep
their mines safe and someone dies?How many bankers were put in prison over
creating a recession by gambling with other people’s money?Prisons
punish the crimes of the poor, most of the crimes the wealthy commit are not
even illegal because they pass the laws.And when wealthy person steals and
is sentenced under white collar crime statues they do not serve the time in a
general population state prison.And they do not usually serve that much
time.How can we put anyone in prison under such an unfair system?
In my view, one of the biggest reasons these thing happen are the guards. First of all; there are a number of these crimes that are committed by the
guards. Why was it necessary to pass a law making it a crime for a guard
to have sex with in inmate even if it is consensual?And secondly they are
either totally incompetent in their jobs. In which case they need to be
fired.Or, they just do not care, and look the other way. I suspect
some of them are paid to ignore what happens. How else is it explained
how drugs find their way in?How can anything happen, where the guards have
total and complete control of an inmate’s daily routine.
When you congregate a large number of people who have demonstrated contempt for
law and order you can't expect them to treat each other with love and
compassion. The best way to avoid the abuses that must inevitable
occur in prisons is to stay out of them.
@Doug SWhat happens with a perp is a victim. Example: I get charged with
a drug possession. I go to prison and I'm repeatably raped. So on top of
being imprisoned, the time for the crime, I'm also victimized, potentially
with memories I would retain for life. Adult men raping adult men isn't a
memory you are going to just forget. It might take a lifetime of trying. In my humble opinion a non-violent offender non-sexual offender should not be
in a prison environment. At least with those types of people.
Just as sexual predators are placed in prison to isolate them from society, so
they should be isolated to an area where they can only prey on each other. Our
prisons are full because of so many repeat offenders. Individuals will
re-abilitate themselves given incentives designed to convince them that they
don't really want to be there where there is no TV, no recreational
facilities, no classrooms, no "bleeding heart" people apologizing for
sending them to prison in the first place. Eat, sleep, work, and serve their
time will do wonders toward rehabilitation, ultimately reducing the prison
population. Dedicate your pity to the victims, not the perps.
More comprehensive penal reform is needed. In the first place, we send too many
people to prison rather than having effective alternatives. We have the highest
incarceration rate in the world, by far - it's not even close. Are we such
a bad people, far worse than any other country? I really don't think so.
The other concept is more focus on the human level rather than just warehousing
people. The way the U.S. deals with its law breakers is really scandalous.
We cannot discard human beings and their humanity just because they are in jail
or prison.We need a universal condemnation followed up by decisive efforts
to stop abuse in prison.
When those who come out of prison are traumatized the chances that person is
"fixed" from their criminal behavior would be reduced. According to the
article some Quarter Million people are annually raped in prison. Not only would
this traumatize the victim, but to have to live in that kind of environment
isn't doing anyone any good. And before everyone jumps in: "But they
deserve it!" I would ask does someone EVER deserve that? Maybe a few
people, but overall a huge NO. how to fix this problem: a) reduce the
prison population b) identify sexual predators in prison and isolate them.
Neither of these options is being done.