Archive for Saturday, July 7, 2007

Wrong tactic

July 7, 2007


To the editor:

When I first saw the photo in the lower right corner of July 4 Journal-World titled "Prison support," I was hopeful that it was a story about increasing educational programs or medical care in prisons. It being the Fourth of July, I was thinking that the story would be one of American compassion, giving some seriously needed attention to the prison system.

I was appalled to read that "Prison support" actually meant a proposal to build $410 million worth of additional prison space, backed by Boyda, Moore and Brownback. It seems that both parties have now learned how to solidify that "tough on crime" image they all seem to be going for: Put MORE people in prison! Yeah, that's the American spirit!

Almost 70 percent of prisoners released from prison reoffend in three years or less. The lack of adequate education, mental health care, and drug/life counseling while in prison are the obvious reasons behind these repeat offenses. Take that $410 million and invest in these programs and I guarantee that we won't even have a need to build onto the prison.

To Boyda, Moore, and Brownback: This Independence Day, you have sacrificed your opportunity to help make our country better. You could have helped improve the future of thousands of inmates and, by doing so, made our society safer and more productive upon their release. And you have done this for the sake of your political image. I am shocked by and ashamed of you if this is your idea of "American."

Samantha Snyder,



kansas778 10 years, 7 months ago

"Almost 70 percent of prisoners released from prison reoffend in three years or less."
I think she just proved why these programs of hers are totally worthless.

mick 10 years, 7 months ago

If it was as simple as education, health care and counseling I'm sure we'd have evidence to support that idea. No, the reason that our culture has become so violent is that we have given a victim mentality to so many people. Political correctness teaches people that they are victims and not responsible for their own behavior. Victims create more victims.

camper 10 years, 7 months ago

Prison overcrowding is due in large part to the increasing incarceration of non-violent offenders (1.2 million or roughly 3/4 ). I am not sure what the answer to this problem is.

Lonestar1 10 years, 7 months ago

I think part of the overcrowding problem in prisons is that is not a punishment. When some states made manual labor part of prison time (i.e., picking up trash along the road side, painting and cleaning public parks etc) those state were called backward and savage. The PC crowd would have us grant free college educations, health care better that a good chunk of the working, tax paying population along with a dorm room setting, gyms and recreation rooms to those who chose to break our laws. All jail time does is give the lawless the chance to learn from the masters of their chosen undertakings. The lessons on the best way to do it bigger and better when you get out. Being a non-violent offender means you still broke the law and deserve to be punished (unless your a friend of George W. Bush). Should a drunk driver have gone to jail after multiple offenses , you bet! Should she have been able to make deals to get paid over $50,000 a day for the time she served? I think not.
Punishments are not harsh enough to make people think twice. They know they can get off or have reduced jail time because of one thing or another so who cares.

erod0723 10 years, 7 months ago

The penal code in this country needs to be looked at, and in many cases adjusted. Jailing non violent criminals serves no purpose. How has a guy who has 5 oz of pot in his car deserving of the same time as a person who robs somebody. The justice system is too eager to throw drug users behind bars, instead of getting them the real help they need. Many drug users take up the habit again once they are released from jail. If the Repubs really want more prisons, then make some drugs legal and tax the crap out of them. That would provide tons of money for whatever purpose. Some studies have shown that the legalization and heavy taxation on certain drugs will have the same effect on availability as the current system.

Confrontation 10 years, 7 months ago

I volunteer Samantha's spare bedrooms as alternative housing for prisoners.

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