posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 02:19 PM
The US Prison System is completely broken. It just doesn't accomplish anything unless the experience of living in such a horrible place makes someone
decide crime isn't worth it. This is nothing more than traditional, middle ages punishment on par with chopping off a hand for stealing.
I'm very conservative when it comes to criminal justice, I want to see criminals who use violence locked up until they are no longer a threat, not
released to make room for more non violent criminals. The prison system has become a zoo, however and the inmates respond by acting like animals.
It's now extremely common for inmates to spit or throw bodily fluids at each other or the guards. The punishment for doing this is a private cell and
maybe some additional time. For most inmates this does not seem to be a deterrent.
There are certain lines you just don't cross without risking your own well being and standing a high likelihood of a violent response. This is one of
those acts. While it's not right for the guard to beat the inmate to death as a response we as a society need to allow for the fact that expecting
these men and women to tolerate this type of attack day after day for years on end is not going to result in calm, non violent reactions every time.
What I find really ironic is that the guard is facing more jail time for an assault than a prisoner would be facing for the exact same thing.
This is one of those situations where neither the left nor the right seems to have the right answers. We need a new system of criminal justice,
that's obvious. We need to rehabilitate criminals or make sure they are never free to hurt anyone again. I'm not sure how to go about accomplishing