posted on Sep, 5 2007 @ 10:17 PM
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
Going by history, which is the only precedent I can think of . . .
Most inmates are either released with no questions, or slaughtered en masse.
I'm thinking of the Bolshevik revolution, as well as the french, Spanish, Cuban, etc., and the end of WWII.
Generally, occupying governing powers attempt to sort out the violent offenders from the political prisoners, like the Union Army did when
occupying the South on Sherman's march to the sea; problem is, every prisoner claims he "was on your side" and is political rather than a criminal
Mobs are much more likely (I'm guessing here) to just shoot everyone. Particularly since mobs are generally egged on or led by the most radical
elements. This would be particularly true if a fascist or militarist uprising seized power---as the genuine representatives of the people's will,
they'd claim to "clamp down on crime." Probably with a round-the-clock firing squad.
History is usually the best resouce to consult when developing a possible scenario like this as it usually has a past example to
provide for most any situation imagineable.
I would tend to believe that the inmates would have to be released, as mass execution would not be an option. In a doomsday scenario like this one,
the manpower needed to carry out the executions of several million prisoners would not be available as guards and other employees would most likely
abandon their posts to fend for their own families and save their own skins.
Secondly I can't imagine the resources would be available to carry out such a mass extermination. How would it be done? Certainly there would not be
enough gun ammunition at hand to carry it out, and any ammo available would be worth it's weight in gold.
I have to believe that the only two options would be to A.) leave them locked up to starve or B.) release them all back into society. The thought of
several million human beings (even if they are criminals) starving to a slow and painful death is horrible and awful to imagine. But on the other hand
releasing that many violent, opportunistic offenders at once into the public streets would be damn near suicide for the regular folks trying to
survive such an event.
If the government or NWO or some other organized body were responsible for the collapse then certainly such a large number of prison inmates would be
a great source for recruiting more shock troops to use against the countries citizens, similar to what was mentioned that took place in Russia. But it
would seem that they would be a big risk and difficult to control to say the least.
Whatever you may think, this countries enormous prison populous will not just go away, and should the spit ever hit the fan, they will have to be
dealt with in one fashion or another. Pretty frightening concept either was you slice it.
Great thought provoking posts so far...very neat