America: land of the free, and home of the brave. According to The New York Times, The United States has less than five percent of the world’s population.
However, it has almost a quarter of the world’s prison population. Why is this the case? Well, the reason is because our prisons are too soft.
People break the law because here in America, they know that the punishment of being placed in prison is not all that bad.
The sad thing is, they are completely right. Humans all around the world think that because Americans are tolerant that we are weak, and the same can be said about our prisons.
We treat prisoners in America too much like average citizens, and I personally do not understand it.
In most prisons in America, prisoners have too many rights. They are allowed to have small television sets, food, drinks, magazines, books, and some security.
To the poverty stricken who lack housing, daily meals, protection from others, and entertainment, prison might sound like a step up.
This should not be the case. Citizens in America should tremble at the sheer thought of going to prison.
Prisoners should be given no access to entertainment, and instead should spend their entire time paying their debt to society in miserable solitude in addition to hard labor.
Another problem with American Prisons is the fact that the “green mile” within them is not being walked as often as they should.
If more criminals, such as murderers, rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers, were executed rather than housed in a prison full of “luxuries” paid for by tax payer’s dollars for decades, people would think twice before they committed their criminal acts in society.
American tolerance and humaneness should stop right outside those barb wired fences, and inside the fences, prisoners should face the miserable punishment that they rightfully deserve.
The time tested saying “If you cannot do the time, do not commit the crime,” should be enforced.
If all those changes previously stated were made, and indeed prison did turn into a place not of luxury and outdoor recreation time, where a nice game of pick-up basketball can ensued, but into a place of suffering and wretchedness, American citizens would clean up their act, and in turn commit less crimes.
Knowing what would await them in prison, crime rates would be reduced.
While it may sound like a radical idea, it also sounds like an efficient one that would ultimately help America cut down on its prison population problem, and save tax payers millions of dollars.
So again I say that our prisons here in America are too soft, and that needs to change in the direction of my ideas.
I cannot think of anyone who would want to go to such a place full of misery, but then again, I cannot think of reason worth committing horrendous crimes either.
Prisons Are Too Soft
September 14, 2011 by 13 Comments