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Do you know anyone in prison?

Response Percent Votes
56% 328
36% 215
More than one.
7% 42
Total 585


Jcjayhawk1 10 years, 3 months ago

It costs three to four times as much to house a prisoner as it does to enroll them into a treatment program. The RAND Corporation has found that drug treatment is much more effective and far less costly than longer sentences or conventional enforcement.

purplesage 10 years, 3 months ago

The "correctional" industry treats individuals sentenced to its custody with such contempt and disrespect that it is nearly impossible for anyone to emerge from the pit with a shred of self-respect intact.

I recognize that there are exceptions - representatives of the true criminal personality - but many of those in custody are there because of addictions. Far better to restore the dignity that addiciitons take, provide treatment and hope, than to continue to dehumanize as the current system does.

Tony Kisner 10 years, 3 months ago

I have actually lost touch with most of the gang. We used to be real close. At the time we all promised to stay in touch but you know how things go, you get busy and time just goes.....

Dixie Jones 10 years, 3 months ago

no i dont, but i know a few that should be there.....

Tom McCune 10 years, 3 months ago

I used to do some work in the USDB (military prison) in Leavenworth. That was an interesting place. Since it operates under the code of military justice, they don't have to give the inmates all of the same rights as in civilian prisons. They ran a pretty tight ship.

But even there, most of the inmates were in for dope. And due to some of the military regulations at the time, I knew inmates who were in for extremely small quantities of weed, on the first offense. One guy had been an engineer officer (electrical engineer by training) and he worked as a trustee for the maintenance group. He said he had been framed by guys planting a few joints in his locker. Almost every inmate has a story and none of them are guilty of anything, but I got to know this guy, and I believed him.

Probably a good officer and a good career ruined by an idiotic rule.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 3 months ago

Yes, I put some of them there. They deserved it. I hope it is a positive learning experience for them, though I doubt it. Thank you, Lynn

RedwoodCoast 10 years, 3 months ago

Just like I said in the other forum on prison. I think Lynn731's post is a prime example of what I'm talking about--this whole notion of "getting what they deserve." I agree that criminals need to be punished in some way, but if you stop there, then I'm afraid you haven't gone far enough to ensure that when they get out, they won't make a return visit.

Most people who commit crimes don't just wake up one day and decide to become a criminal. If you want to decrease recitivism, then you need to look at the root cause of criminal behavior, which is likely different for every individual. If you can identify the cause of criminal behavior in each individual, ONLY THEN can we make any progress at decreasing the popularity of our prison cells. Some people might "learn their lesson," but I'm afraid that prison's are more akin to institutions of higher learning for criminal behavior.

Tom McCune 10 years, 3 months ago

They're not talking about the Biblical sense of the word, nota....

denak 10 years, 3 months ago

The majority of people in jail or prison deserve to be there. Are there innocent people in prison, yes there are. However, most of them willingly broke the law and deserve to pay the price for their actions.

To answer the LJW question, yes I do. Some close relatives. Some of them in prison for drug issues. They deserve to be there. And most of them, when they are honest about, agree that they should be.


pomegranate 10 years, 3 months ago

I know a man in jail(soon to be prison) for conspiracy in the murder of a cop. He was a very bad boy from the getgo, and has never changed. He is 50 years old now I also know a prison guard in San Quentin on death row. He knows that despicable Scott Peterson. I know the family of the warden at Folsom Prison. Along with numerous police officers, and FBI. They really do like donuts!

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