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Originally posted by Namaste
In my humble opinion, cramming "criminals" together in an attempt to rehabilitate them is anything but pragmatic. In fact, when future generations look back, it may be the greatest paradox of our civilization. It's quite enigmatic when one truly thinks about how foolhardy of an idea it truly is. Institutionalizing criminal minds with other like minds is a beautiful example of just how flawed humanity's logic really is.
But it gets better.
We're going to take away their civil rights. We're going to take away their right to partake in the democratic process. Their right to own a firearm, and as an added bonus, we're going to make it tougher to get a job in the future. Furthermore, we still expect them to make the choice to be a model citizen in a society they are nay longer a part of, or we're going to put them back in an institution with the only people who have any respect for them.
The thing that makes prison cruel is that our society could care less if these people actually get better. Ask any employer who they'd pick if they had an application from someone with a record, and someone without. Good thing the one with a record just got out of prison, where he honed his skills and is now more capable of theft without detection. Otherwise he might starve, and we know that would be a travesty...
Originally posted by pharaohmoan
let us not forget that many of these people are not there because they are "bad" people, but rather are there for the most part due to societies failings.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Too cruel? Prisons aren't cruel enough! I can't believe you think they are cruel. These inmates get fed, a roof over their head, gym access, ect, something that many people who never broke the law or hurt anyone get!
I think prisons are entirely TOO nice and comfortable. They actually need to make prison a stricter, darker, more uncomfortable and unpleasant place, one that people will loathe returning to.