So what. There is a punishment for every crime. I hope people realize that the streets are way safer now than in the '70s or even 80s. Were'nt there suppose to be a generation of superkillers entering America in the mid 90s? Oh yeah, didn't happen. I am thankful that the world conservatives were so scared would come to pass in the early 80s did not actually happen.
I'm also reminded of this awesome NY Times oped that discussed how when combining mental health institutionalized patients, America actually has fewer people 'locked up' now than in the 1950s. The difference being that the average profile of someone locked up went from middle aged, white woman to young, black male. I could not find that oped. I did find this, which discusses total incarceration as well. I did find this NY Times article which discusses this idea.
Excellent, I did find the NY Times oped about this exact idea. Thank you NY Times for removing the charge for reading old articles.
I think our prison system is pretty piss poor. I think most prison systems are pretty piss poor, well except for those Asian countries where they cane you for smaller offenses and then send you to those jungle prisons for bigger offenses. That's not piss poor, but it is bad ass and barbaric. I would never want to step out of line there. Sentencing used to be exile and death. I recall from my British history class that there were countless crimes that were punishable by death, but if you could get a member of the aristocracy to write you a note, you could get off with a fine. That's a pretty scary system. We brought that system over, and then the Quakers had to ruin it with this idea of prison and rehabilitation. Yup, cause stewing in a cell over getting caught and doing hard labor is going to make you go straight.
Prison has devolved into something far worse. No one gets rehabbed. Is that more of a reflection on many people not realizing what they did was wrong and therefore, never learning? Maybe they only learn to not get caught. No one gets decent treatment to be a better individual when they get out. It is time out, except with fighting, gay sex, and tattooing thrown in for good measure. It's like adult "time out" crossed with home videos of the biker gang from Mad Max. Who would ever come out of there ready to integrate with society? It is one of those problems that is so awful that we do not know where to start.