a reply to: eisegesis
Why thank you.
I am not sure what question you want answered.
First off, there should be two reasons to put someone in jail.
One is to protect society as a whole. So sure, murderers, pedophiles, bank robbers should be locked up.
But we should be trying to re-educate and treat those in our prisons. We should be helping them.
As long as our system is based on retribution, this will never happen.
jjkenobi quotes a report that says 3 out of four ex prisoners are rearrested.
Well, what the hell do you expect. You don't help them in any way, you throw them into prison and throw them out on the street afterwards and say
hey, they haven't changed. Well, no they haven't. Why would they?
How many of those 3 out of 4 simply ad another smoke of MJ.
Now, if you expand that search and go outside of the US to some of the more enlightened societies, you find very different stats. Why, because the
prisons act as re-education and treatment centers.
The whole system is nuts. Prisons for profit is just so wrong it hurts my head just thinking about it.
The US has the highest percentage of people in prison in the world.
Now tell me the system can work. It can't. The system is flawed at all of the levels.
Politicians make the law, Police, police the law, judges judge the law and prisons make a profit.
The system is broken at all of those levels. Even in the most fundamental level, it is broken.
Did that answer your question?