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Published: Saturday, Jan. 26 2013 6:54 p.m. MST

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Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

This is the outcome of a philosophy that makes prisons as harsh and inhumane as possible. Prisoners learn from institutionalized brutality and eventually react the same way as they're treated. There's no doubt that at least some of them need to be kept locked up for public safety, but confinement doesn't have to be dangerous, abusive and inhumane. A properly-run prison would not only make it difficult for prisoners to make and possess weapons, but would also make it unnecessary for them to need weapons for their own safety. The way a country treats its prisoners says a lot about the character of the people of that country.

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