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Originally posted by StigShen
reply to post by VictorVonDoom
Actually, it works right here in America. We have a larger prison population than China or Russia. And China has over a billion people, and still they have about a half-million fewer prisoners than us. So who's the real police state?
Originally posted by Rockdisjoint
All prisoners should be required to work in some way that benefits the community they harmed to pay for their own mistakes. Or we just kill them.
Originally posted by nunya13
Here's my two cents:
He did something bad. He went to jail for it. He worked in jail to earn money.
In the real world, you earn money to keep a roof over your head and food in your belly.
In prison, you have a roof over your head and food in your belly. You are there because of something YOU did. If you are earning money while there, then the money you earn should go toward the cost of OTHERS to keep that roof over your head and food in your belly as well as some meager supplies.
I am not saying every single prisoner should pay back every single dime that went to their housing (otherwise, how would they be contributing members of society? You've already doomed them to repeat the cycle if you do take every penny they earn while free). I am saying they shouldn't get to keep every dime the earned while in prison and receiving room and board.
Originally posted by syncelebrity
reply to post by Unity_99
Half the people in prison shouldn't be there in the first place I agree. There are way better options than jail to punish and rehabilitate criminals. I have spoken to a psychologist that works for the federal pen. and he has said that the prison systems once new people come in they leave even more criminally influenced (majority). In basics he is saying that when someone goes to prison thy come out even worse.
Originally posted by introverted
I can't understand why prisoners shouldn't have to pay for their stay? They are costing tax-payers money; money which ends directly with the prison/prisoners. Innocent people shouldn't have to cover the cost of others who break the law. It's not hard to understand (even from an early age) that when you break the law you WILL be punished. Emphasis on punished. Working for money (even for a murderer) is a luxury and I don't think anyone being punished so be able to profit off their imprisonment. Whilst it is indeed sad that it is the family left to foot the bills, I see it as an extenuation of punishment. Not only have they inflicted pain and suffering onto the Victim's family, but their own. It's an ironic two-way street. Punishment shouldn't be flexible.