Archive for Friday, April 7, 2006

Private prisons

April 7, 2006


To the editor:

I am writing to inform the citizens of Lawrence and the surrounding areas of an important piece of legislation that is currently in progress in Topeka. The bill is HB 2276, the sex offender bill. This bill increases the sentences for sexual predators and offenders. The legislation is well thought out and was carefully planned. An unfortunate turn of events has occurred during the legislative process, however. A bill that allows private prisons to operate in the state of Kansas has been attached to this bill.

The private prison bill has been defeated the last two years for good reasons. Private prisons are operated on a for-profit basis, which equates to placing inmates, families and taxpayers at their mercy. These companies claim great savings to the state, but valid research does not support the claims of the high-paid lobbyists.

Become informed about for-profit prisons, then ask your legislative representative or senator why they would support private prisons. Ask them why they support companies with such controversy attached to them. Encourage them to separate these two bills so that the sexual predator bill will pass and let the private prison bill stand on its own merit.

Chuck Sypher,



xenophonschild 12 years, 2 months ago

Kansas prisons are little more than warehouses; private prisons are even worse. While most citizens out here are basically negative about any issue dealing with prisons/convicts, they need to remember that almost a hundred percent of those locked up today could be living in your neighborhood, commenting on the LJW site, tomorrow.

Kelly Powell 12 years, 2 months ago

If prisons are a profit business, how could there NOT be lobbying for more laws to imprison more people to make MORE money?I'm no hippy and believe that most people that are for the legalization of hemp and other drugs just want the chance to get high risk free....But we could free up our state and federal prison problem if we did'nt fill them up with drug offenders(the non violent crimes only of course).....Or at the very least put these people through a vo-tech like work prison and help insure that they get educated enough to be a more productive citizen who will be smart enough not to get caught at it again.

yourworstnightmare 12 years, 2 months ago

I will repeat my idea: prison vouchers.

Each convict will be given a voucher of $50,000, and he/she can use that voucher at the prison that best suits his/her needs, whether that be private or state-run.

I call it the "Freedom of Incarceration" measure.

Kelly Powell 12 years, 2 months ago

As far as I know nightmare it is only rich people that can try to pick their prison....Or at least the only ones who have a chance at it......Let's face it, a dude who commits a multi million dollar theft is given better living conditions than the guy who robbed a gas station.......Why? Because he needs a less harsh living condition due to his wealthy lifestyle to make it punishment? A wealthy educated person should be punished more harshly due to those exact reasons.....If you are educated you should know better and have a better grasp of what the consequences of your actions will be....Also, if you are wealthy you have much less reason to commit a crime in the first place...Hence you should be punished more for your betrayal of your position in life that the mass majoity would give their left nut for.

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