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Worth repeating

I rarely open, much less save, most e-mail diatribes I receive, but this one I got this morning makes a lot of sense to me, too:

Some things make TOO MUCH SENSE! ! ! !
Jails and Nursing Homes

Here's the way it should be:

Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. 

This would correct two things in one motion:

Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs, etc.
They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be helped instantly if they fell or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.
All meals and snacks would be brought to them
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling, a pool and education...and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.
Simple clothing - ie., shoes, slippers, pj's - and legal aid would be free, upon request.
There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens.
Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost.
They would receive daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.
The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their families from abuse or neglect.

As for the criminals:

They would receive cold food.
They would be left alone and unsupervised.
They would receive showers once a week.
They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay $5,000 per month.
They would have no hope of ever getting out.
   "Sounds like justice to me!"

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Re: Worth repeating

I am a hard line no nonsense conservative who deeply believes that the punishment should fit the crime.  I have worked with prisoners and formerly incarcerated persons for quite a while now. 


Sadly, even though 95 % of all incarcerated persons will be released back into society 67% of them will end up back in prison.  Most, but not all, would tell you that no amount of perks can substitute for freedom. 


While other countries have a much lower rate of incarceration and recidivism than the US does, our prisons do not in any way resemble those of other countries.  Our prisons are designed to rehabilitate not punish.  It is not working.  Obviously something is wrong with our system!



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Re: Worth repeating

I think maybe it has to do with the nature of rehabilitation itself...which assumes the restoration of some semblance of societal norms to the individual.  Most of the people I observe with these problems never obught into the rules to start, it is not that we are trying to rebuild a moral concept and social construct, but to start fresh from the foundation and work from there. 

It is as if the present approach is to remodel a house built on a cracked and uneven set of just cannot be reliably done...far better to tear down to the ground and start totally anew.  Drill sergeants in the military tear their recruit charges down to nothing, and build them up in the way that they need to grow into the military mindset.  Unfortunately, if prisoners were treated to that sort of pressure, the ACLU would be down the neck of the corrections system for abuse. 

I know that things like this one I copied are gross oversimplifications, but this one gave me real food for thought. 

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