Just read an article about prisoners getting on Facebook in South Carolina. What? This is just one more clear example of why the prison system doesn't work. The prison system is building a whole new breed of humans, separate from typical society. They spend most of their time looking out for "number one", buff up their muscles, cover themselves with tattoos, pushing "macho" to the limit. They act like the tough guys you see on all these "man" movies - buff to the max, scowl always on their face, shooting everything that moves, driving their car (or one they just stole) like they're in the Fortune 500. They're always surrounded by beautiful women, who adore them - even when they slap them around. They jump across tall buildings, fly through the air, kicking the stuffing out of five or ten other macho men. Somehow, money never seems to be a problem. And, they always win in the end.
We live in a free society, but with rules, to allow us to respect each other and live in a reasonable harmony. As law - abiding citizens, we have privilidges - TV, newspapers, exercise gymns, libraries, mail, sexual encounters, computers, and all that goes with them, to name just a few. When a person commits a crime - it is against society, they should lose ALL those priviledges! Once convicted, they should be locked in a private cell, talk to nobody but a certified counselor once a week or so. They should have NO contact with anybody, inside, outside, or guards - food should be passed under the door twice a day, with cameras watching guards to keep them honest. Would that eliminate (or cut down) convicts running "business as usual" outside? Yes! Would that stop gang - related fights, rapes, stabbings, killings? Yes! Would that eliminate (or cut down) rampant drug use in prisons? Yes! Would that save us tons of money? Yes! We wouldn't need as many guards in each prison, or high - tech riot gear, weapons, or exotic devices to reveal drugs, weapons, escapes and the like. The sentences could be shorter. The savings could build more prisons with separate cells.
One thing hurting ex - cons (now I'm on their side), is lack of motivation to WANT to become a productive, law - abiding citizen. Many, I'm sure, have the desire to live a normal life, with job, family, respect. With the economy in such bad shape, it IS easier to be in a place that offers all the amenities - three squares, clean clothes, TV - in fact, cable or satellite, a gymn, newspapers, libraries - including law libraries, mail, money from home (so they can go to the canteen and buy goodies), the internet, where they can meet people, develop relationships - even sexual relationships, conjugal visits. That alone, can tempt a lot of people, especially when they're hungry and alone. Even if the economy was excellent, their motivation is still leaning towards prison, because it is much easier to live there than on the streets. If they went to my idea of a prison, imagine when they get out, and they're standing at a street corner, looking at cars, women, TV's, music - they might just think that this is a better world than the one they left.
I'm so tired of these crybabies screaming for their civil rights, when they just took someone else's rights away. Now, the media is raking in the money, showing programs about "life behind bars", showing the "exciting" things that go on in prisons, actually glorifying them. What a sick society we are creating!