[quote]Professor X wrote:
Hmmm… aren’t the solutions obvious?
Stronger restraints. They used to be called “shackles.” Nobody breaks out of those.
Put them in smaller cells, and leave the shackles on. Let them try running with a 4 inch chain between their ankles. And if they can jump, that’s a clear sing that the ceilings are way too high. Is it prison, or a summer camp?
Right now, prisons have become criminal training centers. They take law classes to learn how to better fuck with the system and train all day at the gym. They come out stronger, faster and trained in the fine art of loophole exploitation.
That might be fine if our judicial system wasn’t flawed and if rehabilitation wasn’t a goal at all. Not everyone in jail (as has been proven) even deserves to be there. While I am sure that is a minority, the fact is it happens. Because of that, I am not one of those who thinks everyone in jail needs to be treated like caged dogs.
Well, of course. I’m not talking about places like camp cupcake here. I mean for repeat offenders of serious crimes (assault, rape, murder, etc). I’d even support a kind of “3 strikes” policy where 1st and 2nd time offenders wouldn’t get the “full irons” treatment. Don’t come back a 3rd time, though.
As for rehabilitation, is see very little of it working (none at all in fact.) If only for the stigma of having a criminal record and being an “ex-con”; it’s extremely difficult for them to get any type of meaningful employment. Giving them menial jobs and asking them to “be nice” certainly won’t work when they know they can make oodles of cash by selling drugs, pimping, etc.
The way I see it, the rehabilitation aspect is mostly PR to try and make ourselves feel better about caging other humans. I’d be all for it if we were actually serious about it. But for it to work, you’d need more smaller prisons and a lot more community involvment.