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  •  er....okay? (3+ / 0-)

    You sounded reasonable enough in 'this is one of the areas where I'm a conservative', but this new position of yours is seriously messed up.  You landed in prison, so you deserve to be raped and beaten?  That's at least in the same league as the death penalty (worse, in my opinion, since you'd be trapped and unable to stop the inhumane mistreatment for the rest of your life).  I hope I don't end up in one of your prisons for a crime I didn't commit.  I'd probably kill myself before they'd have a chance to prove I'm really innocent.  

    I'm not blind to the realities of prisons and the types of people who populate them, but for goodness' sake, someone advocates looking into measures to ensure this type of abuse doesn't occur or at least is reduced, and this is the tone you take?

    •  I didn't say they deserved it (0+ / 0-)

      You're not reading what I said. I'm not advocating for it. I said it was a fact of life. The only way to prevent it from happening is to keep the inmates from interacting with each other. That's how it's done elsewhere. Only problem is we incarcerate more of our citizens per capita than any other country. This is due to the "war on drugs," which I also oppose along with the death penalty.

      There are non-violents in prisons, and they are generally separated from the more violent inmates specifically to keep them from being attacked. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen though.

      I'm probably more aware of what goes on in prisons than most people because my grandfather and father both worked in one. It is simply unrealistic to expect any level of safety when you're living in a society made up of sociopaths. My father told me once that if I ever ended up in prison (rightfully or not) that immediately upon entering I should walk up to the biggest inmate I could find and kick him in the testicles as hard as I could. That way the other inmates would think I was totally psychotic and would steer clear of me. Fortunately I've never had to test that theory and I hope I never do.

      I hope I don't end up in one of your prisons for a crime I didn't commit.  I'd probably kill myself before they'd have a chance to prove I'm really innocent.

      You've obviously never had a realistic view of what goes on in prisons. What I am describing is a typical American prison, and no you don't want to be in one. That's why I said what I said. That alone should be more of a deterrent than the death penalty.

      So many impeachable offenses, so little time...

      by Cali Techie on Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 03:49:53 PM PST

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