Guest Commentary -- Part III - Inmate...

Guest Commentary -- Part III - Inmates and the prison crisis

There are 6 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Apr 27, 2010, titled Guest Commentary -- Part III - Inmates and the prison crisis. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

For example, California prisoners can process artichokes and package them in cans and jars.

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1union1

Grass Valley, CA

#1 Apr 28, 2010
The author wants to make slaves out of the prisoners when they already are....ignoring that half of them are sick with life-threatening diseases such as Hepatitis, AIDS, TB and more than 40,000 are mentally ill. It's clear that he's never actually been inside a prison. We are wasting billions punishing sick people instead of healing them. When they are released, it is very difficult for them to get a job due to stigma, not due to their job skills.

Since: Apr 10

cobb

#2 Apr 28, 2010
It is too bad that the state doesn't put the inmates to work. They have plenty of time to use and teach them a skill. I have been in prisons to visit and there are plenty of healthy men and women who should be working. Even if the skill isn't used when they get out, it will help them inside. There isn't support for the mental issues or even some of the medical ones but there are thousands of others who would enjoy the job. Just talk to inmates who do work, they are glad to get out of the cell or pod and do something. So California look into prison industry jobs.We should be making products and selling them in our state.
Califam

Tracy, CA

#3 Apr 28, 2010
Hello,Cali inmates are required to work mandatory jobs.So this is not a new or novel idea.What do you think PIA is?"Prison Industries Authority",where the state makes mega bucks off of inmate slave labor.Take DVI in Tracy,a big dairy worked soley by imates,with one free staff supervisor,also making the big bucks,while the inmates rake in a big $14- a month,if they are lucky.If they want day for day,or privileges like yard and canteen they have to work.Do they make guys with AIDS and other life threatening diseases work?Absolutely.The word compassion does not exist in California State Prisons.
Christopher Carr

Koriyama, Japan

#4 Apr 29, 2010
California's proposal to shrink its budget deficit by cutting its prison population is a lukewarm response to a golden opportunity. California, and America, have a tragically overstimulated system of corrections, but if the solution were easy than it would have happened already. A fresh approach to how we understand prison and the goal of incarceration is the basis for a new system that balances crime prevention with the cost of locking up so many Americans.

Read more: http://www.theinductive.com/articles/2010/4/2...
Donna

Lafayette, CA

#6 Apr 29, 2010
Christopher Carr wrote:
California's proposal to shrink its budget deficit by cutting its prison population is a lukewarm response to a golden opportunity. California, and America, have a tragically overstimulated system of corrections, but if the solution were easy than it would have happened already. A fresh approach to how we understand prison and the goal of incarceration is the basis for a new system that balances crime prevention with the cost of locking up so many Americans.
Read more: http://www.theinductive.com/articles/2010/4/2...
Kind of begs the question of why they had to be incarcerated in the first place. I for one say build more prisons and be prepared for the economic recovery. I have also said to build the tent system in Arizona larger and give them chop sticks and soup.
Francis

Sindelfingen, Germany

#7 Apr 29, 2010
Justice and the economic factor in Incarceration Nation. Return to mind of Soviet GULAG, Nazi Labor Camps and so on. WHO ARE WE asked late Harvard Samuel P. Huntington (in his book 2005) and did not realize world wide highest prisoner rate. Jen Soering followed with The Church of the Second Chance (2008) with of course no much resonance. Much better explained Americans common sense Pietra Rivoli in The Travels of a T-Shirt (2006). So one must not be surprised when Joel Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation, discusses judicial matters.

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