posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 04:57 AM
I started this post with one intent in mind; to simply give my opinion. However, the more I thought about it, the more it pissed me off too. So,
instead of just giving my 2 pennies worth, I'm going to go on a full-out rant on this as well. Consider this my installment of "The Assimilation
There is one sure-fire way to prevent prisoners from going back out into the "real world" and committing more crimes. It's a very old method of
punishment that was used about 300 years ago, but it seems to be considered "inhumane" by current administrations. What I'm talking about are the
Think about it. You're convicted of robbing a convenience store, and are sentenced to 3 months in the stocks. The stocks provide a simple means of
detainment, while preserving the intent of the law; rehabilitation.
This idea needs to be broken up into it's component parts to make it more understandable for the laymen and women. There's the cost of production of
the stocks themselves, the cost of the detainment, and then, not to make light of it, the humanity of the prisoners. So, lets get started...
With the aforementioned criminal, he's been sentenced to 3 months in the stocks. Some will contend that the stocks aren't cost effective for the
detainment of people, when in fact, they are much more economical than one might think. All it costs is a few hundred dollars to make them, versus how
much to actually hold the criminals in a cell inside of a facility?
What's to prevent the criminal from having his compatriots come and break him out in the middle of the night, you ask? Great question!! This enters
into the methods of detainment, which includes the stock designs themselves.
The stocks would be made of wood indigenous to the area in which the criminals are being held, and they will be reinforced with a durable metal, such
as steel or iron, for longevity. Each one will be made with two positions, sitting and standing. Well, the "standing" position isn't really a
standing one in truth; it's merely a hunched over one. This apparatus is not intended for the comfort of the individual, as one can see. We didn't
ask them to go out and commit this crime, now did we?
What should happen if someone attempts to break out a prisoner? Well, there's a guard tower with two guards in it. The entire facility is an outdoors
facility, which is surrounded by spotlights. each of the guards has a rifle, and will be trained to shoot to maim if someone tries an escape. Anyone
caught as a result of an escape attempt will be returned to their stock, where they will finish their term for the crime they originally committed, as
well as a mandatory 3 week penalty for attempted escape. Each person that tried to aid and abet the criminal will also serve the remainder of the
criminal's sentence, including the addition of the 3 weeks. This is to insure that all can learn from the experience. All subsequent escape attempts
will add yet another 3 weeks to the end of the sentence.
[NOTE: The sentences are merely abject by myself, and are not indicative of an actual sentence by a judge.]
Now, is this humane? Well, this question takes a bit of time to answer. One argument that will be made is that the prisoners are left out in the open,
to be subject to whatever weather comes. This is not entirely true, as we'd either allow their families to erect a small shelter that will prevent
them from being exposed to the elements, or we would allow the more nonviolent ones to work for a shelter. The more violent ones would be forced into
a situation of having to have family help them. These shelters would be no more than a clear piece of plastic that could be affixed to a number of
poles around the prisoner. The purpose here is simply to keep them out of the elements, not to provide privacy, as privacy would help escape artists.
As for food, they would be provided the bare essentials that the state can provide. Families also reserve the right to bring food to the prisoners, so
long as they don't try to help them escape with their meals, else they end up in the same situation as the aforementioned prisoner and his
So, what good does all of this do, you ask? Another stellar question!!
This system of punishment serves one purpose, and one purpose only; it's designed to minimize time in punishment, while getting the maximum benefit
out of the time served, for the least cost. Imagine, if you will, a prison in the town square. Each prisoner held there will have their crime placed
on a placard beside them, with the length of their sentence on it, and their release date. All can see this as they pass by. Simple crimes would only
have small sentences of 2-3 days, unlike the 6 month minimums now.
Also, prisons would not need to be constructed, as the detainment facilities would be open fields with stocks in them. This would cut down on
maintenance costs, as well as the need for teams of guards to quell riots that break out. There will no longer be gangs of thugs in prison that gain
control of the internal economy, as there will be no economy to control.
And I think the most important aspect of this whole thing is the effect that this will have on the prisoners themselves. How long do you think you'd
be able to stand in the stocks? I'd only probably be able to make it 2 hours before I succumbed to the exhaustion of standing there. These people
would have to do it all day long, every day. Once they get out, they won't desire to come back AT ALL. As such, they will do whatever they can to
prevent their having to come back.
And that, in spirit, is what the whole justice system is all about anyway; the furtherance of the HUMAN quality of life.
Sorry for the long-winded rant-fest there guys, but I got a hair crosswise, and I had to speak my peace on this. If you want to talk more about this,
you know where to find me.
In the guard tower,
TheBorg - Assimilator of All