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originally posted by: Nechash
Personally, I think our Justice system, in the United States anyway, is over the top. Our sentences in most instances are unnecessarily long. We have a system of penitence where people sit around long hours with nothing whatsoever to do. The prisoners have too much control in some facilities leading to drug, rape, gang and violence problems, and private corporations will often get prisoners to work for far less than minimum wage as their only avenue for getting any extended privileges or opportunities for personal growth. Not to mention we use prison for far too many offenses. Whatever happened to fining people for non-violent "crimes?" Make someone pay a fine, give them some community service, but there's no reason to throw a drug user behind bars.
Anyway, I understand for the truly deranged like murderers, rapists, serial arsonists and the like that most people would not be comfortable with them ever getting out of prison. What about self-supporting communities? The prisoners could be set up in their own apartments in a gated town far away from any other cities where they could find work, live a basic life with a general level of freedom, and engage in a simulated society without putting any actually innocent people at risk. Ok, I know I just recommended the creation of a ghetto, but what if we didn't make it terrible like they did in Italy and we only targeted people for relocation who would have either been sent to life in prison or execution under our current system?
We could have plain clothes guards live among the criminals so that way they could never really be sure who was who in their society and they could be tested for a number of years, eventually allowing some of them to return for good behavior if they prove they are capable of living in peace under such a simulated environment. It would probably be costly, but in my mind it would be a humane transitional compromise from prison to society without simply thrusting them back out into the world hoping that they don't do anything terrible again.
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
originally posted by: Nechash
a reply to: ketsuko
Prison isn't a prize we give to prisoners, but to just say, "Well, you broke a law, you no longer deserve the dignity of being treated like a human being," is not the kind of world I'd like to live in. I know there are moral arguments on both sides, but for me it ultimately comes down to choice, and regardless of what the logic says, I don't want to live in a world that treats anyone like sub-humans. Be a society great enough so that even your prisoners are grateful to be a member of your civilization. Is that ideology so bad?