Prison time...a walk in a park? It never has been and it never will be.
Do not people realise that the ultimate punishment you can give to someone which will make then stop and think is TAKING AWAY THEIR FREEDOM!
Do I think that prisoners should have a TV, playstation, cable TV provided for them? No, no I don't. But what I do believe is that by having a system whereby a prisoner thru good behaviour can earn the right to BUY for themselves these things. Nothing in this world is free, and prison should be no different.
Do you people who are advocating this moron, actually think he is going to stick convicted murderers and rapists out in the desert in tents? Get real....these prisoners are kept and will always be kept in maximum security complexes. What he is obviously talking about is putting people who are in for minor offenses in these tents. In this way, you would be treating people worse for "minor" offences than you would for those who have committed "major" crimes.
Everyone, when they think of crime, automatically think of murder, rape and robbery (maybe this is a reflection on how violent your own society is), but don't forget that drink driving, jaywalking, fraud, etc are also crimes. Should a person who is found guilty of traffic offences be given the same harsh punishment as a serial murderer? If you say the answer is yes, you really need to get out in the world, and have a look around you, and start to ask yourself some questions on what justice is all about.
Should a person who is sentenced to prison for crime for a parole term, have to spend that full time in a maximum security prison? No they shouldn't. By putting someone into a maximum security prison for their full term, you are further isolating that person from society. As a person's sentence progresses, and after they have shown that they have respect and general good behaviour, they should have the opportunity to move to a minimum security facility, get exposure back into the community by working in and with the community on projects which will benefit the community.
Anyone who says that prison or capital punishment acts as a deterrent to crime, needs to ask themselves why violent crimes are on the increase. I ask this question to you American's who read this and have those views on crime. Prison and capital punishment DO NOT act as a deterrent. Provide proof on how this is true otherwise.
A lot of people have no idea on how society works, and that prisons are there because of things that are wrong with a person, and that society oftens refuses to address the issues which lead to a person offending in the first place. Take a look at the heroin and naltrexone issue (drug offenders make up an overwhelming number of prisoners).
If a prisoner re-offends, it doesn't mean that the system has failed to deter the person from committing further crime. It has, often, failed the prisoner in helping them to change their ways.
I now look forward to the responses from all the 13-20 year olds out there who have an opinion on everything, but have absolutely no idea how this world works.