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PRISONS: Cut back on creature comforts

Letter by Jim Pennel, Puyallup on March 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 3 Comments »
March 23, 2011 9:43 am

Re: “Gregoire says state needs to add prison safeguards” (TNT, 3-22).

How about a cost-saving measure that includes making prison a place of punishment, in lieu of exploring just how many creature comforts can be provided for recidivist criminals?

Inmates should not be rewarded for being sent to prison; let’s start by making prison an undesirable place to be.

Knock off the programs and begin to focus on putting the correctional officers in charge of running their facilities. It would be both cost-effective and increase public safety if criminals were of the opinion that prison was not a place they wanted to be.

I have spent my entire adult life in law enforcement. These are not members of civilized society; they are criminals and should be treated as such. Why are they allowed freedom and privileges in what is supposed to be a system of punishment for those that have offended society?

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