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America, the Law-crazed

Henry_Bowman Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 9:51 AM
Prisons are big business. One small example: A family friend is locked up in a CA jail, and his family is about going broke just talking to him on the phone. What would cost us pennies costs them dollars. That is a total scam.
shubi_ Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:04 AM
Why should prisoners be allowed to talk on the phone?
They are being punished. They should be completely isolated.
John5840 Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:19 AM
Check out the effect of efforts to do this, maybe the history of EAstern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
Henry_Bowman Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:22 AM
Certainly those in solitary confinement should not have contact. For all others, there are weekly visiting hours. Why should the state mark up phone time 100X?
shubi_ Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:45 AM
Taxpayers pay for criminals in prison. I like Arpaio's approach, baloney sandwiches, tents and hardship.
Becka Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 11:09 AM
We shall remember your point if you ever end up in prison. You could, so stop shaking your head. Life has a funny way of causing all sorts of mayhem in our lives. I suspect that if you were really ever in prison, speaking to someone you loved once a week might be the only thing keeping you alive. Climb down off your moral pedestal and knock it off.

Over the past few decades, America has locked up more and more people. Our prison population has tripled. Now we jail a higher percentage of people than even the most repressive countries: China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730.

"Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little," The Economist says.

Yet we keep adding more laws and longer jail terms.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin's secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, "Show me the man, and I'll show you the...