Offenders should still be treated with humanity

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  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    July 9, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    As a young student at BYU, I had the opp. to work w/many diff. kinds of sex offenders at Utah State Prison. Here's the biggest lesson I learned--while I didn't condone the crimes they were incarcerated for, I came to see them as human beings (& children of God) who deserved to be treated as such. It was an eye opening exp for me.

    I've also long thought the trend to treat young offenders (a trend going alarmingly downwards on the age scale) of serious crimes, as adults, is morally wrong in most cases. The whole point of them being teenagers is that their brains are still forming, & their hormones often make them irresponsible & unwise. Plus, many are the products of horrible situations at home & neglect by the system.

    If we really want to change the prison system, we should enact programs that target keeping people out of prisons--tax & labor laws giving employers incentive to create jobs & raise wages; social programs that help endangered youth feel like they belong in productive way; better education programs targeting minorities & the vulnerable; better mental health programs; dealing w/drug addictions in practical, rather than criminal way, etc. Anything else is a Band-Aid.

  • GrainOfSalt Draper, UT
    July 8, 2018 9:47 p.m.

    "An administration not known for policy creativity is unlikely to have useful internal policy debates."
    This is the kind of nonsense that needs to stop. The unnecessary digs, backhanded compliments and other comments similar in nature are as much a part of the erosion of civil discourse as anything else, and the Deseret News needs to step up and be part of the solution. By reprinting articles of this nature, the DN is part of the problem. While superficially trying to be positive, this article is full of subtle putdowns, needless criticisms and backhanded compliments. And I don't mind well thought out criticisms. There needs to be more done to change the public discourse, and the DN needs to do its part.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    July 8, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    so, in Newspeak, "Not getting what you want" = inhumane treatment.

    Got it.