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  •  Seems like (5+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, DaleA, xylon, davidseth, Lujane

    this is the biggest problem:

    The United States of America imprisons more of its own citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet

    If we shrank our prison population while maintaining or preferably increasing the guard to prisoner ratio, that should dramatically reduce the amount of rape and other types of violence.

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      Garrett, Dave925, Lujane

      It certainly would, but there's no money in it, and nobody wants to be accused of being 'soft on crime' for trying to bring a little bit of logic and reason to the justice system.

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      Dave925, swampyankee

      When you increase the number of guards, you statistically increase the number of rapes.
      Many of the guards are sadistic bastards worse than the worst of the prisoners.
      In California, they have one hell of a union to protect them. (not necessarily to protect them from criminal charges, I`ll add)
      While salaries & benefits have been cut across the state, the prison workers` rose by 112%.
      Then we get to the private corporate for profit prisons.
      I think that is the worst idea yet, right after incarcerating the amount of humans we do in this country.
      I`d like to add that even though one might escape violence or rape in jail or prison, the trauma to one`s family is not diminished.
      Worry about something horrible happening, is often just as devastating to some, as it can be from happening.
      If the cowards who vote laws in to not appear "soft on crime", had any idea what their laws inflict on many, they would realize they are not going to heaven.
      There will be tears.
      (Disclosure clause, I have been inside these hells, & more than once)

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 11:44:43 PM PDT

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