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Tag: prison reform


PRISONS: Cut back on creature comforts

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

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PRISON: Billions spent on caging the mentally ill

Alcoholism, addiction and mental illness go hand in hand and they are devastating afflictions which are documented diseases.

As a nation, we are spending billions of dollars to build cages for sick human beings. They receive no treatment or help as they slip deeper and deeper into depression, hopelessness and self-loathing. They can never be punished into sobriety and/or sanity.

Our prisons are de facto mental hospitals. Many, many people diagnosed as mentally ill are doing time behind bars, often “housed” in separate, solitary units. This prison setting is the epitome of sensory deprivation and has a complete lack of

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