These revealing pictures illustrate America's prison system at breaking point - with overcrowding in the nation's jails at its highest for eight years. Correctional institutions across the U.S are bursting at the seams with more than two million Americans behind bars. The worst hit state, California, houses 140,000 inmates when its 33 adult prisons are only designed to hold a maximum of 80,000. Overall, the Bureau of Prisons Network is around 39 per cent over 'rated capacity' - their highest level since 2004 - with that figure expected to soar to 45 per cent above its limit by 2018.
Pretty scary looking bunch. I would divert all those Obamaphone funds to building prisons - a lot more prisons. The trouble is - with California - the guards are paid like CEOs of a small company. Set up the prisons in TX and let the other states send their overflow.
California has a large population in prisons of illegal criminals and they get treated better than the mentally ill or physically handicapped citizens of the state who could use this aid. Best solution is to put all the illegals on a one way bus, boat or train to Mexico and then hobble them so they can't sneak back into the US. Repeat felons need to have very large farms in the desert where they have to till the soil from sun up to sun down to have food to feed themselves. Then they too can produce all the food needed for the incarcerated prisoners who cannot be trusted in the general prison population. As far as death row goes, one appeal and no more. Law books removed from prison libraries so one shot is all they get. If it's the wrong person, God will be the judge and act accordingly. Harsh you bet, I've paid to dang many taxes to support this portion of society. 75 year old tax payer.
AS though this is something new. Giuliani had Rikers I. build tents to house the inmates when he did his clean-up. It worked! No one wanted to go live in the huge plastic circus tents. When I was a Prison Guard in New Mexico (right after the riot in 1980 thru 1996, we had them living in hallways, in double bunks- even housed them in the library, the Tv room and the mess hall! Once, we even called in the Nat. Guard to bring us canvass army tents. Amazingly, the inmates loved it. We finally built up housing to accommodate the convicts and the crisis was over. No one was hurt or really disadvantaged.
Those poor, overcrowded people! What did they do to land in prison? Are they there because they were good, law-abiding citizens? Just wondering. My theory is this: There are three reasons to avoid a life of crime: 1. you could go to jail. 2. You offend the laws of our nation. 3. You could offend God.
I really worry more about the last two and that helps me to avoid the first one. I wish it would have worked for these jailbirds.
Back in the good old days, there were some southern states that gave the death penalty to predicate felons. (3 felonies, you get fried.) Because federal courts have so intruded into prisoner conditions, there are some young men who are safer and more comfortable in prison than back hoome in the ghetto. I'm not a huge fan of the death penalty, but at some point, a criminal who repeats his or her behavior again and again, does not deserve to live.
These people are in prison because that's where they belong. They cannot be allowed on the streets with civilized people. These convicts are animals. Don't let them con you. Since they can't be gassed, all that can be done is build more prisons.
Huge numbers are illegal aliens, many of whom have committed horrible crimes. However, these conditions are are like a luxury spa compared to those in Mexico and South American and the North Korean gulag.
Crowded? Spend 20 years in the Navy and find out what crowded is. I have no sympathy for 99% of these characters, we are all born wet behind the ears.......my childhood wasn't exactly a sparkling fairy tale.
First, I would put the most vicious in prison camps in the middle of a desert, miles from any human or any water. Hire retired servicemen as guards, and treat them well enough they won't be tempted by bribes. No TV, cook meals themselves , if they kill each other, dig the graves or live with the smell. For the drug users/dealers, activate one of the abandoned army or navy bases. Dorms there already. No guards, re-hab and education only. If they escape, can't come back. Off they go to a prison.
Having spent several years in Alaskan waters, I have seen a bunch of remote islands in the Aleutian chain that would be perfect for these folks. Plenty of fresh air and natural beauty. Just off load them with a tent and sleeping bag, or even build huts, air drop in food and other supplies on a weekly basis and let them be. No guards needed. They cook, clean and police themselves in whatever manner they see fit. A doc/dentist could drop in monthly to take care of their physical needs. Bet that would cut the crime rate in half!
1) Our society has lost its way and people are more likely to commit crimes with no concern for the consequences or how it affects others. A lot of people have no conscience these days...like the bad seed.
2) Gangs are the biggest problem--look at the people in these photos. 90% of them are gang members. Biggest giveaway: hard faces, tattoos and shaved heads...
3) Illegal aliens make up a huge percentage of prisoners these days. They are most likely to commit crimes and think nothing of it or be part of a gang.
Reasons that show we need reform of our system:
1) The system no longer provides any means for people to start over and become productive members of society if they want to turn their lives around. There are people who can and want to straighten up but the system sets those people up for failure.
2) Being a drug addict only (not committing any other crimes besides taking drugs) should not be a criminal justice issue. It should be a medical/mental health issue. Education is greatly needed. If you commit other crimes (like steal to support your habit) then you should go to jail for that.
3) Excessive laws, mandatory minimum sentences and similar problems caused by politicians. We need major reform of our system to ensure that the worst people are punished the most and the people with mitigating circumstances get consideration for them.
BTW, we have the death penalty in CA still. However, it is on the ballot again.
Obama just used our $$ to buy that huge condo like prison by Chicago... the one congress said no to last year... Maybe that'll improve prisons... oh yeah... It's a transition prison for his Gitmo pals.
Sorry. No sympathy from me. Conditions aboard a US Naval vessels are much more crowded, especially aboard subs. There, they do what's known as "hot racking", where you get a bed (rack) for 8 hours, and when you crawl out another crew member crawls in. And we volunteered for it!!!
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