It costs $24,000 to support a prisoner behind bars, yet the US poverty line for a family of 4 is only $23,050. Food in prison is actually better than food served in public schools. Think about it, we're feeding our rapists and murderers better meals than our own children. We are basically sending prisoners to a private resort. A prisoner should not have these privileges. Prison is supposed to be a form of punishment, not a home away from home.
My husband is in prison possibly for life. From what he's told me, even the sex offenders are allowed to have pornography if they request it. The very thing that got many of them started down the road to crime in the first place. They can have pen pals and take advantage of women on the outside to get money, visits, and even a place to go when released. The food is nothing to brag about, the beds are awful, the heat is off many times in the winter ... but they can have television, porn, read books on murder and rape, and be allowed to have contact with strangers. It is really messed up.
Those in prison should be treated fairly. But seriously, you don't need cable or internet to survive. My grandmother has fewer amenities in her nursing home, a place where you should feel comfortable. Not having cable/internet isn't a punishment; having it is a luxury. The money that is used for that should be spent on their protection instead. Many people get out of prison only to be trapped in a life of crime to pay off the debts they accrued trying to stay alive. I thinking keeping prisoners from being raped and murdered should be considered more important than having a fricking television.
Just being locked up is not punishment enough. If the idea of being in prison is supposed to stop people from going into prison why do people repeatedly commit crimes when the finish there sentence. What happens in prisons should shock people out of being criminals and from that massively discourage people from committing crimes and being sent to prison. It's not supposed to be a holiday camp? Is it...?
If you are in prison, you don't need the same advantages of a person outside of prison. Prisoners obviously did something bad enough to get in there, they don't need internet or cable. Internet could cause prisoners to be predators to young kids using the internet. They could also get escaping ideas and stuff from cable.
I am a victim of domestic violence and I believe that inmates have way too many perks. They are there for a reason, and that is to be punished for their crime, not to be sent out like they are on a vacation. My husband left me for dead and now he is in jail awaiting his sentencing, but in the mean time playing the system. It's sickening. Anyone who commits a crime needs to be punished not babied.
If they objective of jail is to be ' recorrected' in the right direction, then they should not be able to be lounging around and getting the luxuries of someone who hasn't done anything wrong. They have done this to themselves, no one did it for them. They must learn that there are consequences for every action. Just like a child. If you are a parent and your child disobeys. You punish them. But if the punishment is to be sent to bed without supper, you don't let your child sit on the computer or watch TV. They are being punished. So why doesn't the "mother" of correctional facilities realize that they are not just supporting the prisoners laziness, they are using tax payers money to support the luxuries for people who have broken the law. There are people out in the world right now that can't even afford to buy food for their family, but your wanting them to pay taxes so that lawbreakers can sit on their butts and watch TV and browse the internet? I don't think so. Yes I agree people are human, but that is why they are in jail, because they made a mistake. If they didn't want to be punished they shouldn't have done the crime that got them put into prison.
Inmates murder, rape, and steal from people. Some molest children. Yet they have free healthcare, cable/satellite tv. Some prisons they have MP3 players. These inmates also throw bodily waste on staff or attack staff. People who feel sorry for these people haven't stepped foot inside a prison and have no clue how they act. Correctional Officers have less rights than the criminals. If an inmate verbally assaults a staff he gets a disciplinary report and a slap on the wrist. If a CO cusses at an inmate they face time off without pay. It's absurd.
Prisoners deserved to be tortured and go mad.
There are too many luxuries offered to prison inmates that other people who have basic freedoms do not have, such as the homeless and elderly in nursing homes. Why is it necessary for inmates to have a television, technology, and gym equipment? They should be in prison to correct their behaviors and learn to be "better" in society, not beefing up, avoiding issues, establishing criminal connections, and wasting tax dollars.
Fact is, there are still people who commit crimes so they can GO to jail. If it was so hard, why would they specifically commit crime - and get caught on purpose (bank robber put the money is his car and went and sat on the steps of the bank for the cops to arrive - within the past 2 weeks) - if it was so bad in prisons? I have an idea for this; if we make prisons to be an actual punishment to where everyone is completely and utterly deterred from committing crime, then the crime rate will drop incredibly.
Why do we have to give low life criminals who have brought terror and grief to families to a once so called peaceful city? Why do we put a serial killer in jail for him just to have full medical insurance, relax, watch cabled T.V, and have 3 meals a day while there are veterans from wars who fought for our freedom out in the street suffering and being treated like trash for the good they have done for us? We all have common sense, but here it looks like the people we left our trust and our Respect to the officers of the law just to let them put a person in jail with luxury? For that, I lost faith in the law.
Our justice system is flawed and needs to be changed there is no deterrent to committing a crime – including murder. There are too many rights that are given to prisoners.
If you break the LAW you should lose your rights. All prisoners should be confined to a cell 24x7 with nothing other than their memories of what they did that got them there.
There are plenty of people who have worked hard and stayed within the law who don't get these things. Yet for some reason criminals are seen as better people and get all of these luxuries like free health care and TV while the people who try to come by it honestly don't. They aren't in jail as a reward. It is a punishment. So why do they live better than some good people?
They are in jail for committing a crime, why should they have better comforts than the homeless in America who may be veterans and law abiding citizens? This to me is ridiculous! The fact that some people in America commit crimes knowing that it will give them a shelter and food is a testament to the fact of prisons being to comfortable.
It's a shame that tax payers have to pay for prisoners to have cable, internet, college classes, movie nights, etc. If you ever become homeless, just murder someone and make sure you get caught so you can go to jail and live the good life. It's a lot better than being homeless!
There was a person commenting earlier that the prisoners are punished because they are away from their families and the like. Hmm... Our military soldiers are away from their families every other year for an entire year, eat MRE's (meals ready to eat; which if you have not tried them are disgusting and most times never hot), sleep on the cold hard ground when in the field, are being shot at, killed and mentally damaged because they support all of our citizens freedoms. I don't think they signed up for prisoners to receive better benefits than them. So they don't see their families and are subject to 4 walls for months or years; BOO HOO! Stop committing crimes then and you can be with your family and have the privilege of being "free". Keep breaking the law and you bet your butt you should get punished; and i don't mean by watching TV shows, eating hot meals, or receiving scholarships for a degree in criminal justice! (It happened at my school. We were studying with a man who just got out of prison who received a FULL scholarship to attend the criminal justice program; while we have to pay out of pocket or take out loans and pay umpteen percent interest!) So yes, they have WAY too many comforts.
Prisoners receive way too many benefits. Cable, internet, medical treatment and sometimes even cell phones! Being sent to prison itself should not be the sole punishment, they should actually be punished while there so that they can learn that this behavior will not be tolerated! Instead, the politically correct individuals who stuck up for them are giving them hot meals, air conditioning, tv's, education, and the like free of charge (or at least for them, we have to "pay" for their crimes). Half the lower income families in America can't even afford medical care, cable, and sometimes food, so why in the world do prisoners get better privileges than us?! The system needs to change!
When you break the law, you should pay the price for your crime, not be rewarded with a vacation watching premium cable on your personal television. Some criminals have come to view jail as an almost acceptable life style because amenities are better for them on the inside than on the outside.
Prisoners should be sweating and working for everything they have. And people who murder for pleasure or because there in a gang should be put to death unless they can really really prove they'll do good. Most people don't understand because they've never had a friend or relative murdered. Same goes for child molesters, parents may think it's wrong to treat them bad until it's their child who is the victim of sexual abuse and then they want to take their head off.I do understand some deserve a second chance like stealing, forgery or petty crimes. But look at it this way a man who murders men, women, and children who gets life in prison for a stupid sentence for 130 years?? And not only that but it's YOUR money that pays for everything in a prison! So you just gave a serial killer a luxury to have and they don't work for nothing yet we have homeless starving and struggling for a job and elderly in nursing homes who have pay $209.00 per day but it's alright for inmates getting free satellite tv, free health care, free college courses, 3 meals a day and a weight room?
This is a no-brainer. Its pretty simple actually.
Why should the lowest life forms of society be given comforts that the poor and homeless do not have?
Why as a society would we reward these awful scum with modern comforts?
This is why we live in a failed society.
Too many vocal minority groups arguing that the prisoners deserve rights and should be looked after.
Try telling that to their victim or victim's family.
When it gets to the point that the criminals are living a better life inside prison than outside, it's too much. If rapists, murderers, etc want to have TV or Internet, they better earn it through hard labor. They should at least generate more work than is used to cover their expenses.
We as the people of the US pay are taxes daily. But where on Earth is the money going to? Two words, prison inmate. Which could be truth, but those prisoners don't deserve anything like that. They can be trying to get computers to contact the outside world. What about are children who are on Facebook and Twitter, they couldn't even know who is on the other side of the screen. What has this come to?
It bothers me so many working Americans are struggling, have shut off cable/satellite TV, have made drastic budget cuts, live paycheck to paycheck and have to worry about healthcare/medical bills. Meanwhile people who have killed, raped, molested and stolen from others have free healthcare, including dental and vision, cable TV, food, work out equipment and activities. Some prisons they have video games. Many have MP3 players. The prison I work at they can order food from an outside restaurant once a month. They have activities rooms with full band equipment; drums, guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, amps and multiple effect pedals/boards. I can't afford any of this but my tax dollars paid for them to get it.
I have worked inside prisons for years now. I can tell you first hand that for many of these guys they could not live as good on the outside as they do on the inside. Many people would be shocked if they really knew how prisons are today. They have access to commissary, TV, 24 hour medical services, dentistry, foot and eye doctors, nutritionists, three meals a day, a dedicated recreation area, free prescription drugs, mental health services, GED classes and church services. Its a real scam. People think its "prison" its not. Let me put it this way Mr. And Mrs. Liberal, explain to me why these rapists and murderers get to live better than their victims! They should be locked down and they should stay that way until their time is served.
When someone commits a crime they are sent to prison as a punishment. Society should not allow them to have such a cushy life when they are supposed to be serving a sentence for a crime. This is like grounding a child for doing something wrong, then continuing to allow them to play video games, watch television, and use the internet while serving their time. However, not only does it defeat the purpose of sending them to prison as a punishment, it also makes prisons more expensive to run. The comfortable life of a prisoner may not make them try to prevent being put in prison again, therefore, they have not learned their lesson.
I mean come on now, in the day of Facebook even I've seen photos and videos of people in prison that have their Facebook littered with contraband. Living the life...TV, food, computer, human Interaction???, Tobacco, alcohol, free will... even sex... Sounds like a vacation to me...We need to crack extremely down on our prison/jail systems and make sure we send a crystal clear message to all the wannabe thug/criminal/murderers out there who are thinking about getting into that line of work, that the United States of America will not tolerate it. Hardened the system and protect the people who pay your paychecks.
It really isn't fair that there are law abiding people out there who can't feed themselves but there are people in prison getting fed. Yea it's not good food but it is some sort of nourishment. Prison shouldn't be a cop out for the poor. That's what it is half the time, an alternative to starving. Why should I be paying for someone's laziness? (Given not all low income people are lazy but the hard working ones usually aren't selfish enough to go to prison). I have several cousins and uncles who will rob a gas station or something just to get to go to prison because "it's not as bad" as working a real job. Many don't care, why should everyone be paying for this? They literally get to enjoy a few years or so of free food, dental, and medical care. Too many people know how to work the system too well. They should be working harder to better society (not just an hour or two a day, actual work) and go to some sort of therapy so they quit going back.
Minimal leisure, more work, more therapy. That should be prison: no options.
They are in prison for a reason they should be punished not have luxuries, look at people struggling that have done know wrong, do they all have these luxuries? No. Look at our military troops they don't even get the meals they need where as prisoners get all the food they need and the luxuries. They do not deserve it.
I believe if you do the crime, you do the time. Yes, they are human beings, but punishments need to be enforced and I feel like it's not happening with the those comforts being there. Seems more like heaven for them even though they committed a crime. I don't care what they did but obviously they're there to learn a lesson.
Why should criminals get comforts? They did not do anything to deserve it.. Bread and water and a stone block for a bed, a pit to do their business in thats it!! There is no deterrent .People kill people and get a vacation on us the taxpayers!The people making the laws have not personally had someone hurt or killed by another and experienced pain!
I think that they should have TVs in prisons because they do not deserve them because if they are in prison that means that they have done something bad so they don't deserve it at all.
I am glad that most people agree with me and thank you for helping me argue my point.
There are decent working people who make less than what it costs to support an inmate. They don't enjoy the luxuries that these crooks, rapists, and murderers enjoy. The murderers in prison especially. Do their victims get free cable, internet, and food? Even death row inmates are treated to well. Before they are executed they can have a last meal, final words, conjugal visit, and even a mental health screen to see if they are mentally ready to be executed. Do their murder victims get any of that? No, they are killed in cold blood with no warning no preparation. And hey if you are family to a victim, don't your tax dollars go to feed and care for the person who raped or murdered your family? Yeah that must be very comforting to the family of a rape or murder victim.
Why should the violet individual that robbed me at gun point get to have a luxurious life? He is being punished! It is absolutely ridiculous that they get to have cable TV LET ALONE A TV IN GENERAL. THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED PEOPLE! WHO DO YOU THINK IS PAYING FOR ALL OF THESE EXTRA ELECTRIC BILLS? THE TAXPAYERS! They are being punished!
Prisoners are prisoners because they violate others rights. They should forfeit ALL of their rights when they are sentenced. Then maybe they would understand the consequences of their actions. Most just re-offend as soon as they get out just to get back in and enjoy all the creature comforts the rest of work hard for. We need some good old fashion Turkish prisons like in "Midnight Express".
Poor, ethical, and decent people don't have this kind of luxury. This basically shows that if you broke the law, you'll be living comfortably off of the tax dollars of law-abiding citizens when you really should be regretting your choices miserably. If you're poor but honest, you'll be struggling on the streets. That's just not right.
I have been to prison, it was like being on holiday and a lot better than my life on the outside. I made great friends, received education to help me back into society and became much healthier than I was before. I hate my life on the outside. I have to work really hard and aspire to have the things I had for free in prison. Rehabilitation and developing criminals of all types is a great idea but honestly I'd rather be in prison than outside and surely that is not what the government want criminals to be thinking. Prison should be a deterrent, not somewhere you aspire to be...
Imagine if your son had just been killed by a drunk driver and he is now in prison watching T.V. And playing games on his free wi-fi. Some people may argue that prisoners need to be cared for and looked after however if you do not punish them then the re offending rate will definitely increase. On the other hand if we do punish them then they will not want to go back and make them think about the consequences.
They have access to many facilities and comforts while so many good people wander the streets, unsure if they'll live to the next day. What's even worse is that there's no deterrent for committing crimes when the criminal knows that his needs will be well looked after while he's in jail.
"Prison" is an evil word compared to the luxuries inmates are given. Cable, internet, workout space, medical help, anything they want. Its unreasonable, they've done profound things to end up there and instead of showing them that it is wrong we give them an expense paid vacation. Ridiculous. Inmates get better care than people do in a retirement home. And the worst part is they don't learn their lesson in prison, how could they, we're too lenient.
Soldiers on duty around the world go without many of the things that prisoners now receive on a daily basis - why should prisoners receive those things like air conditioning, cable, internet, telephone service, laundry service that soldiers go weeks without while serving their nation - I am not too certain how it goes in the US but here in Canada we don't give prisoners internet and we don't allow them to join the military.
The goal of prison is to punish those who break the law by taking away their rights and freedoms. By putting things like cable and Internet in prisons, it defeats the entire purpose of incarceration. Some people say the real goal of prison is rehabilitation; how is watching the latest episode of your favorite show rehabilitating a rapist or a murderer? If you want to rehabilitate someone, then put them through therapy (but even then, a lot of them go out and commit their crimes again.) Therapy is for rehabilitating, prison is for punishment. And its not punishment if you give them creature comforts. Period.
And for those of you answering "no" who have been in prison or knew someone who has been, your answers are heavily biased.
I hate the fact that prisoners live better than most Americans. They broke the law! I don't have cable. I can't afford it. Why should they be allowed to have it? It's hard for me to find a decent job. Why are they allowed to work and get "good behavior days". They are granted three meals a day. A shower. When we have homeless people. It's wrong and should be fixed. They live better and it's not right. I don't care if they are humans. So am I.
I have a friend that works in the prison system. He is having gang members come in to get "street cred" for going to prison. In my opinion prison should be a horrible place that nobody wants to go to. It should be a real deterrent for those who commit violent crimes. Having them work 40+ hours a week for society picking up trash, and making gravel, whatever to help fund their meals and housing. This sit around and watch TV all day is no making prison time a deterrent for those who kill.
They do have so many comforts that even the poorest person doesn't have.
Cable? I can't afford it. Internet? I'm at a friend's house using, Education college: Free?! GODS
Housing? Free, Meals: 3 times a day free, 60 mins outside for fresh air? Free water? It makes me want to commit a crime to land there so I wouldn't have to pay for housing, water, phone, cable and internet then meals. While I struggle to live and pay taxes criminals are having time of their lives instead of being punished for their horrid crimes. I agree they are humans too, I'm alright with meals, water to take a shower and a phone call here and there, but them having everything cable etc. This is not punishment. They even have free healthcare. -_-
Just like the rest of America, prisoners should make some sort of positive contribution back to society before being given anything above the bare minimum, whether it's hard labor, manufacturing, some sort of service, etc. Otherwise, they are simply a burden to the rest of society that has no choice but to work hard to make a living.
Maybe if we had a harsher state of living for violators we wouldn't have so many people unsafe aid to be in prison in the first place. They don't need cable and good food and healthcare. They should be getting the bare minimum and working their sentences off in a factory. If they cut their hand off on accident then they should be in debt for the money they owe like the rest of us dying with a pile of debt.
Its not fair that homeless people sit on the streets being looked down at, yet the people in prison (I know not all) have killed someone or harmed someone and they get meals, beds and showers. Cable TV is a luxury that some hard working people can get so why should they. You say that they need to learn what they did wrong, and I agree however how is cable TV going to enlighten them. They should do community service or, if they're too dangerous, they should be put into the yard and made to work or kept in a blank building with only basic necessities like a toilet, shower, sink and bed. THAT'S IT! That's all they need. Maybe a classic book such as To Kill A Mockingbird...
There are homeless people and less fortunate people who have less then prisoners and that's not right at all . When there sentenced they should lose all there rights as citizens because they broke the law. Its horrible that people are out here starving and struggling to survive while prisoners are there eating 3 square meals and have better benefits then me . I personally think they should have to pay money to everyone else once they get released for us paying for them being in jail.
TV and games don't improve people. Courses, sure but as a student loan to be paid back when they get out and get a job. Internet, only with a very high filter on it so that it is being used for improvement and not entertainment. Books, yes. Healthy exercise, yes. These people are being punished and rehabilitated so we should be punishing and rehabilitating not coddling and entertaining.
These people did something to end up locked away from society (rape, murder, theft), who knows? Why are they treated like children, and given rights? Now we have lazy people that would rather get into prison than have to hold a job and help society, and we taxpayers that do work, because they are treated so well, and have to pay for their laziness, its pathetic. They can even get sex changes if the so please, what happened to this country? There is no such thing as reform, not when they are treated so well for committing crimes.
When I became disabled, after an accident, I had to pay the IRS income tax on my state disability benefits that my employer and I already paid into a percentage of my pre-tax earnings., why does a criminal who chooses to commit their crime not have to pay income tax on the benefits they receive? Their rent, utilities, food, clothing, medical, dental and optical care, etc? If I, a law abiding citizen am required to pay tax on money I received to pay for those same things, why doesn't a criminal have to pay income tax on the benefits they receive? It's time for the criminal to pay for their crime, and their punishment, as well as their incarceration!
Prisoners can have minimum as far as their comforts concern. Prisons should defer from home. Instead of Internet government should make them work while they are incarcerated. Instead of using taxpayers money to pay for their needs, they should earn their own living, such as "housing", utilities, everyday supplies, food and everything else they use while they are in prison
I think allowing prisoners to congregate is worse than allowing tv. I think allowing them to congregate makes it possible for them to continue to prey on the weak. To hardened criminals prison is like going home and being amongst friends and family. To save the next generation prison needs to be a place hardened criminals do not want to go because the average citizen is already scared to death of going to prison.
Its was their choice to get where they are, why should we have to pay to look after them!? Surely by making prisons stricter it will encourage people not to commit crimes. Yes they need food, shelter and medical care, but internet!? It's their fault to get themselves there so maybe they should think next time before they do it
Cable and internet is a luxury not a necessity therefor prisoners should not have the luxuries. Prison is suppose to be a punishment not a vacation from life. A punishment should not be rewarded by allowing them luxuries. A prisoner should only have the basic necessities in life. Hard working, upstanding citizens can not afford some of the luxuries that inmates are given. If society has determined that a person is to be punished for a crime that they committed then they should only get punishment.
Convicted by the courts should be punished and put to work. By working they help support society instead of using it! They should be required to do schooling to help get a job when released. No cigerretes no extensive work outs. Some required exercise but DO NOT let them become muscular and super fit and live off the people. They should be somewhat deprived of exercise. Just enough to keep them healthy on a baseline. Plus should have mental counseling.
They shouldnt be allowed to watch tv, make outside calls (except to a lawyer) , they eat better than most people do and dont work for it. How about making every single one do manual labor, maybe then they can be "productive" . Why should taxpayer money be used to fund prisons? Why should tax payer money be used so convicts can watch pay per view and cable tv, why should they have internet access? And why should they have the ability to live normal lives, they are in prison for various reasons, it should be hard, not easy.
Prisons are used to punish and rehabilitate criminals who conduct heinous crimes. Yet in most prisons nowadays, life seems quite "easy". I think prisons should be a lot like they were in the early-mid 1900's. Like in the film "Shawshank Redemption" where you are punished for your crimes severely, and punished much further if required, and given privileges only when you not only show good behaviour, but prove that you have changed and became a better human being. If I was in charge of the prison system I'd take away their TV's, their Internet, make the sentences longer for worse crimes. And literally beat it into them that what they did was wrong. If they have killed or raped someone, they deserve to be harmed and treated like crap, at least for the first year, until they realise they need to get their s**t together. This is an increasing problem in the UK too. I just wish that the world would change because at the moment, everything is heading in the wrong direction. We believe that as a modern civilised society, we live in a world where there should be no death penalty and that there are laws for everything and taxes and that everyone should have equal rights and that we all have jobs and get married and science is starting to really be the status quo for explaining everything, and that technology is advancing meaning we can all communicate on the internet and share knowledge. But all of these things I listed above are taking away our values, our respect to other individuals, our morals, and our own being. This is also why prisons need to be tougher. Much, much tougher, so that people get more of an idea over rights and wrong. I was watching a program about the laws in Texas, and they're getting it right.
Why should working people pay for prisoners to have cooked meals, entertainment and clean cloths? I believe that prisoners do not deserve what they get because after all they committed the crime so should have to face the full consequences of their actions. Prison is to punish criminals not give them an easy taxpayer funded life.
It's one thing to torture people but things like cable television and internet are not necessary for them to survive. A prison isn't supposed to be in a "fun" place but by giving them TV and internet it makes it that much better. I think it is a problem when prisoners are living better than some senior citizens in nursing homes. They should not be given anything but the bare necessities.
The fact that the daily working body has to pay for these people that commit crime so they can live in a free environment sickens me. There getting a treatment for being a horrible person. It makes me want to go to jail so I can live a free care free life.
When you do wrong your stripped of all "toys, and privileges." having cable Internet and access to these things don't make prison a hated place. We spend to much money on prisoners by giving them 3 hot meals a day and all these rights. We should cut this part of the prison budget and use for education and military benefits.
Prisoners should be serving time for their wrongdoing, not rewarded or given any form of luxuries. It should act as a deterrent to criminals. Enough time, resources and money is being wasted on criminals in the prison service as it is. Lock them up and throw away the key! We are also in a recession and should cut costs!
Food: YES, Medical treatment for illness and injuries: YES, Library: YES, Toilet and shower facilities: YES, Prison jobs: YES, Counseling services: YES, Free vocational training: Hell NO Cable TV: hell NO, Weight rooms: hell NO, game rooms: hell NO, Internet Access: hell NO, Air conditioning: hell NO. Only change I'd make to the legal system as it relates to prisons, is remove "drug" criminals. They and society would be better served placing them in some kind of dedicated treatment center rather than placing them with murderers, thieves, rapists etc.
A prisoner is put into prison because they have broken the law - they have done something wrong. So why should we be paying for them to relax in prison with a TV, internet etc. We put people into prison to teach them a lesson - to not go against the law. Yet if we continue treat prisoners in the manner we treat them now, then they are most likely going to break the law again, only to go back into prison as it may have been better than the home they had before. Just to make a point - what about homeless people that sit on the street through all weathers with not much food and drink. Although most people think as homeless people to be 'druggies' that is just a stereotype, and most homeless people were forced to live on the street (maybe because of family matters or something). Anyway, most homeless people haven't done anything wrong - they haven't broke the law or anything like that - yet they still have to sit outside, cold, hungry with no roof over their head; while prisoners - who have broken the law - lie down in a bed with a full stomach, watch TV, check their e-mails or something like that with a roof over their head.
Because life outside the prisons are harder than life inside the prison. In the prisons the criminals have so many privileges like: getting money, watching television, smoking, it even goes as far as the inmates training dogs. While all this is going on inside the prison what is life like on the outside? Rough. Outside of the prisons people have to struggle to find work and earn money, most people don't have television to watch, or dogs to play with because they have to pay bills and take care of there family. Talking about family brings up another point. Most of the Criminals are fathers and while they're in there living the life of ease their kids are being taken care of. If you can't take care of your kids how are you going to take care of a dog?
Prisoners are given way to many luxuries, you are in prison for a reason to be punished!! If your have commitied a big enough crime to be incarcerated then you dont even deserve to breath. You do not deserve anything that the good human beings of this world have, you do not deserve the ground you walk on.
They should be paying for the crimes that they chose to commit. Not sitting around watching TV and surfing the Internet. Yes, they are still humans, but they also still committed a crime harsh enough to be convicted, so they should be treated as so. Sure, they still have rights such as food, water, and comfortable sleeping conditions, but they should not be provided with luxuries such as these.
Jail is a time for someone to realize what they have done wrong, and change their attitude. Sure, it doesn't always work out like that, but you don't give a child a video game in time out, do you? No, that defeats the point. Yes, these people are still human, but the point of prison is to suspend some of their freedoms.
Internet is not a need, people can get by with out it
I think that if inmates want these luxurious, they should only be able to receive them if they pay a high fee, or rather then working for money within the jail, work for privileges. Also, all luxuries regarding media (books, movies, internet, ect.) should be censored as it would be for a minor.
If a person is going to act poorly, and without thought, they should have their rights as adults taken away.
In my opinion prisoners should spend 23 hours a day in their cell. Cells should be wide enough to fully outstretch your arms and long enough to walk five steps. There would be only one person in a cell. There should be a cot with a blanket, a desk and chair bolted to the floor and a combination sink/toilet/shower head with a floor drain. Two hot meals a day in some form that could be eaten without utensils, and one hour of exercise. ANY behavioral problems eliminates the hour out of the cell for one month. The advantages of this systems would be shorter sentences could achieve better punishment because it would be so damned boring that people would pray to get out of there and never come back.
If people in their own home can't have these items because they can't afford them, then prisons are the last place these items should be! Give me a break they need to be paying their time by doing something useful and not fun! They don't deserve it! It is really sickening to realize they get better food than children in school. Instead of games and TV's give them Bibles and preach to them!
Because prisoners can survive by only have a toilet, a bed, and other needed necessities to survive in prison. It's OK to give them food that everybody eats, but don't give them luxury too much as prisons are used to teach bad people a lesson and learn from their big mistakes. They can still go out and play sports everyday with the other prisoners, and they can socialize with other inmates in their cells. You don't need any of those luxury such as TV's, computer games, and internet. There is a way to make internet to be more restricted such as they can be filtered like school internet. They can use internet but only for research and they cannot go to any nonsense websites like Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, flash game sites like gameshed, etc. They can only use it for research and study. They can use the internet but the internet should be more restricted. If they want to call their friends, relatives, parents, and their kids if they miss them using the telephone. Prisoners are deserved to be punished, not to be pampered.
The punishment should fit the crime. Rapists, murderers, and so on shouldn't have these luxuries. Why should they go to prison but still be able to watch cable and have internet. They might as well not even be there. They should be kept in separate cell blocks away from these things. They don't deserve it anyways. On the other hand, people in jail for petty crimes it shouldn't matter. As long as they didn't rape or kill anyone but still. Prison is supposed to be prison. You made the decision to break the law therefore you knew the consequences yet you still get to have some outside luxuries. No.
Our government should be more strict about the laws and not give any luxuries to the prisoners because prison, instead of becoming a punishment becomes a more comfortable alternative to the street. Also tax money is spent to pay for their comforts and I personally don't want to pay for the comfort of murderers and thieves.
They are there it be punished/learn a lesson for a crime they committed not for free housing. As proof a man robbed a bank of one dollar and purposely got caught so he could get medical treatment instead. Clearly this un-needed plush items in prison do not help lower the amount of people on prison.
There are people in this country who are starving and living on the streets who are decent human beings, people who cant afford to go to the dentist and may die because of an infection in their mouth and yet they have done nothing wrong! And we pay millions of tax dollars every year so that Joe Blow can watch cable TV and look at playboys and get his abscessed tooth pulled. Joe Blow killed someone and now he is on death row, he is bound for death anyway but we will just charge the law abiding citizens to fix his tooth even though he is here to die..... ????Makes sense right????? (note the sarcasm)
Capital punishment has been shown to not work as a deterrent. If prison was made to be hell on earth, much like it used to be a hundred years ago, then surely it would be the most effective way of preventing crime.
People who have come to prison from places where they receive less care, food and shelter constantly re-offend after being freed, just to improve their quality of life. Therefore, shouldn't the money being spent on giving prisoner's a comfortable existence be spent on improving the environments that lead them to committing crime?
As for 'rights', as far as I'm concerned, murderers, rapists, paedophiles, etc surrender these rights when they commit such atrocities. To defend them is idiotic.
This is absolutely ridiculous!!!! I don't care if they stole a TV from Walmart or raped a child! They do not deserve anything!!. There is some people who can't afford cable and internet and a warm meal every day and these people are criminals and get all of that. Those are luxury items! Lock them in a cell with a bed a blanket and a nice book. They have no rights in my opinion. Hell bring on the death penalty!
Historically, it has been believed that inmates in prison should be provided with less than what anyone in free society should get. First off, I blame our government that this is a problem. Life in prison is pretty awful. Therefore no Americans should be living worse than they do. I agree with the point that prisoners should not be living a better life than someone who has not been convicted of a crime and is not being incarcerated for a crime. I believe that if someone breaks the law their time in prison, however long that may be, should not be an upgrade. Right now there are free people who are living worse lives than guilty people are in prison. I don’t know how you can justify the fact that there are rapist, killers, thieves, and all kinds of bad people living better lives than a single mother of five who works two jobs but still can’t afford heat or electricity. That doesn’t seem right or just.
Another reason that I think prisoners have too much is, it makes prison less of a deterrent of crime. If inmates were given just the bare essentials, then prison would be a better deterrent of crime. Prison is a deterrent, but it could be a better deterrent if they ate the bare minimum, and weren’t given luxuries that some Americans don’t have on the outside.
One way to help solve the problems of prisoners living more comfortable lives than people who didn’t break the law, would be to get rid of some of the luxuries they receive. Some luxuries like cable and internet should definitely not be given to prisoners. If it is given at all it should be a reward for good behavior. Besides that it isn’t fair that some of my friends don’t have cable, but some prisoners do.
Prisoners should be treated humanely, but we need to remember that they are in there to be punished for a wrongful action, and in some cases they are living more comfortable lives than people who are not being punished for wrongful actions. I think our justice system needs to look at this because it doesn't seem very just.
While everyone else is out working to actually pay for their family and/or loved ones, prisoners get to sit in jail for free. They get better food than my kids get at lunch, while also getting cable & Internet. If you don't have a lot of money it seems to be a luxury. You may work a little & get treated a little bit harsh, but most people do that on the daily. Prison should be horrifying, while most do not see it to be. I don't like that my tax money is going to drug addicts, rapists, murders, pedophiles, or anything else that is a crime. We kill animals for testing, while there is people who are in jail that killed people & get what 10 years. Why don't we do to them, what they do to other people.
I believe that it is rediculous that they have so many luxciorys. They commit crime yet are being treated to free food television and Internet (more than they can afford in real life). They may as well commit crime just to live in prison. I don't believe in them having no treats however should have tv or consules
Prison should be so terrible that when an inmate got out they would never want to go back. NO internet, NO cable, NO tv, NO gym and crappy food. Prisoners should go to prison and work, learn a trade and be taught how to be a productive member of society. Once they got out they would pass the word to other potential criminals about how bad prison was. Not how easy it was.
We spend so much more money each year on an inmate than we do on students that we aren't even trying to help out students learn that crime is wrong if we spend so little money on them, that's why we have to spend so much on prisoners. Because our children aren't getting a good education, they end up going to jail due to bars.
This is absolutely ridiculous and down right outrageous, As soon as a prisoner enters prison they are rewarded with a T.V or a Console. I think this is Encouraging those who live on the streets to commit a crime to enter prison since it is better than the streets, Not only that everything is paid for and they live a better life in prison than some hard working people which get less. They should atlas earn there luxuries! SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE CHANGED
Why should they deserve 3 hots and a cot when we have homeless veterans who are not afforded the same? Why should they get air conditioning when our soldiers sleep in tents in the middle of the middle east deserts with no air, running water or privileges afforded to people who choose to do wrong? I completely agree with Tent City in Arizona; if the desert is good enough for our troops then it's good enough for our criminals.
They are given too many freedoms. Free health care, free food, free clothes. They are there for punishment, not to be coddled. I see child molesters posting through Facebook, yet they are in prison for decades. How in the world are they allowed to have such freedoms. Cable TV, seriously try to get an education.
If your kid punched someone in the gut and you punished them, would you punish them with an extra hour of TV time? We pay taxes to pay for their meals, their warmth, and their internet. We are PAYING for criminals to stay alive. WE ARE PAYING for their crimes….. Criminals should be treated as scum so they learn their lesson. If we invite criminals into a warm prison with free food, wifi, and TV, what will stop them from committing another crime just to go back?
If you behave in prison you are allowed to watch tv but if you break rules you get locked in your cell while under 24 hour surveillance. I'm pretty sure that they get any access to the internet though because if they did that would be really stupid and useless
While it is true that some people may have been unjustly sent to prison it is also true that hundreds more guilty people are in there. If you are in jail you did have been proven guilty of a serious crime. You don't deserve internet where you can brag about whatever murder your so proud of committing. You don't deserve to have a t.V. And better food than kids at school. You deserve to break rocks and sleep on the floor. Prison is more than a punishment it is a threat to all who might commit a crime. What kind of threat is it when it becomes so leisurely and pathetic?
I agree because they shouldnt get cable or internet on fresh water because i see poor people on the street than dont have all the luxuries as other people and yeah i totally agree with all of you because they have more luxuries than ay other person in this world like really do they really need to have free cable with our paying taxes...
When you commit a crime, you are in debt to society. You are expected to pay off that debt by spending time in prison. Ideally, prison should make one not want to go back. The reason America has so many prisoners is that prisons focus more on keeping the offenders away from others, rather than focusing on keeping the offenders out of trouble later on down the line. Rather than sitting in their cells using smartphones, watching TV, surfing the Internet, and lifting weights, inmates should attend classes on how to reform themselves to become better people. They should all be required to do community service. The younger inmates should be able to attend classes so that they can get their life back in order and work for a living after being released. Also, prisoners should be required to pay for their stay in prison. The government checks if you can afford your own lawyer before giving you a public defender. Why shouldn't the same be done after the accused is sentenced? If prisoners paid for their own stay, the state governments would save billions a year. If you make prison a place where inmates can get free Internet, TV, and food, you are inviting them to stay at a hotel paid for by hard-working, law-abiding citizens, and that is simply unfair.
Prisoners cannot be forced to perform labor, this violates their civil rights. Well they voluntarily gave up those rights when they committed the crime. For many families if they do not work they do not eat. Prisoners receive free medical care. If taxpayers do not have insurance, they get to pay increased taxes. Prisoners get free cable television, taxpayers get to pay for this privilege. Prisoners get free internet access using a prison provided computer. Again taxpayers get to pay for this themselves. Prisoners can receive a free college education. Our sons and daughters even if they are straight A students do not receive this from the government. They have cells that are maintained as climatically comfortable. Many of our elderly who have paid taxes for their entire lives cannot afford this. Wow, I know maybe I should become a prisoner so I can get these free benefits too.
They're clearly in prison for a reason, I do not believe they should have such luxuries, As soon as they broke the law and got caught, all of their rights went out the window. They don't deserve to be treated as well as they are. They should be put in nursing homes because we all know the prisoners get treated better than most nursing home tenets.
If they are treated to nicely, they will not understand their actions. Rather than spend leisure time, they need to do things such as work, such as making products for charities, in order to not only get punished, but to learn how they can help out in their own community.
No one told them to commit the crime. They chose to give up their freedom. All the amenities do not allow them a true sense of punishment. I believe they should be put to work and made to learn something to help them improve their life. They must learn to become responsible for their actions.
Im a corrections officer at a state prison. If you saw half of what your tax payers money went to you'd think differently on being for it. They have cable, mp3 players, TVs, radios, some have access to tablets now. I believe we should go back to the days of hard labor, you will see a huge drop in incarcerated people, because lets face it people nowadays could use a little work ethic.
I have an estranged cousin who is in prison. He somehow has access to a cell phone, IN PRISON, and has managed to call me several times asking for money to put on his books so he could buy clothes and sneakers and jackets in PRISON!!! I have yet to send him money but I am completely disgusted that he has a cell phone in prison.
I also have a "friend" on Facebook who I learned went to prison. How did I learn this??? Because he has a cell phone in prison and is posting PICTURES of himself and his cellmate on Facebook!
This is completely disgusting and I am outraged. I thought they performed room checks. How can someone in prison be allowed to have access to Facebook, cell phones, name brand sneakers and clothing?
This is a slap in the face, and I don't approve of the way some of the prison systems are run.
Prison should be a harsh environment with the basic necessities, that is it! There are people who have never done any wrong in their lives that are homeless, they go hungry. Yet prisoners get three meals a day, have heat, hot water, electricity, can buy food from the commissary, lift weights, take college courses! WTF! Prisoners should not get what we have to pay for on the outside, expect the basics!
The main point of prison is for the inmates to ponder about what they did that was very bad and ensure that they don't do it again. In other words they are supposed to learn from their mistakes. You can't but everyday items such as cable and internet in the prisons. The inmates will then begin to think that what they done is not so bad and they will not care about the crime they have committed.
Poor innocent people in serious poverty, dealing with the emotion and physical burden of the financial difficulties they have (which may or may not be their fault) and in this country and we are supporting the shameful criminals such as murderers, pedophiles and more with the comforts others cannot afford.
Prisoners would enjoy going to prison knowing that they are escaping their own reality. They would not have to deal with paying for bills, dealing with issues in their daily life, or worrying about every other small problem in the real world. They would have 23/ 24 hours of downtime which is plenty of time to contemplate better ideas for crimes or ways of not getting caught. Prisoners have the ability of getting free food, free time, free care, and free of stress, if I was a prisoner I would love that too, this is why it needs to be stricter
Prison is a place where you are to be punished for crimes; not sit back, relax and enjoy your stay. Also, why should they be able to sit in prison and enjoy cable TV and Internet access at no expense to them while innocent people have to go to work and earn the money to buy those things. Honest citizens have to work and their tax money goes to pay for the prisoners' entertainment. I believe that the system has it wrong. The prisoners should at least have to earn the privilege to use those things.
I am amazed that inmates have health insurance and dental, I don't even have both of those. My taxes go to this and i could be buying myself health insurance and/ or dental, but instead it is used on people who do not deserve to see the light of day! It is insane!
Not enough people fear going to prison. If they want luxuries, they should pay or stay out of trouble. Simple! I'm doing it right now! It is not that hard to be a productive member of society. Prison is glorified and funds are mismanaged. Take the televisions out and put more money into things that matter in these facilities, like mental health care.
They are not supposed to be renting a hotel room, on taxpayer money to boot. It is especially appalling that pedophiles get internet access. Cruel and unusual punishment is a term that has been misused. I think thought that certain things should depend on the type of crime they committed.
In Canada we enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. Still millions of Canadians live at or below the poverty level. They struggle daily to pay the rent, feed their families and just get by. Why should our society support criminals to the tune of over $100,000 a year per inmate while incarcerated, while allowing law abiding citizens to live without the benefits that these inmates have, such as prescription drug coverage, dental and vision care, healthy meals everyday, free access to cable television, internet, free access to health / exercise facilities. What incentive is there for inmates to "go straight" if the odds are that with an average honest job their standard of living would drop dramatically?
Our prisons are overcrowded because the conditions are better than many prisoners can get on the outside. As soon as they get out, they want to go back. This is well documented. If they had the same luxuries on the outside, they would have to work for it! There are many levels of prisons. I am not talking about the prisons for white collar crimes. The most violent & prolific criminals should have no TV, no music, no computers, no books, magazines or newspapers and definitely no weights to work out with. Just 4 walls to look at and think about their crimes. There is a great documentary out on Russian prisons in Siberia, currently available on Netflix. The USA should learn something from this on how to handle violent criminals. We have tried to rehabilitate violent criminals and where has it gotten us? Nowhere. Prisons are meant to break people as a punishment for their crimes and the lives and families they destroyed. We have to deter crime by making prison conditions so horrible, no one wants to go there.
Prisoners should get nothing but bread and water twice day. They shouldn't have free access to exercise equipment or TV. They should have nothing other than a bed, basic food, and their prison sentence. They should be doing hard labor too. They are in there for a reason. This nation is too soft, too politically correct, and too broke. Why are we paying the bill for these dirt bags? I also feel the nation should speed up death row sentences.
I just read about a convicted murderer (who was obsessed with the TV show Dexter) and is in a prison in Canada and it says that he bought his own 60 inch flat screen TV for his cell and has up to 60 channels he can watch, along with his DVD's. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Why in the world would prisoners be allowed to do that? What punishment is that? My father sits and watches TV ALL Day long, he's retired, but thats what he does and you mean to tell me this murderer is allowed to just chill all day and watch TV?! Unbelievable.
Why should they get better treatment than those who need assistance, like people who get laid off? The money saved from terminating cable, wifi and such, could go to other programs for people who don't commit crimes need. Prisoners may be human, but most commit very inhumane acts of violence.
This is disgusting. Why should the prisoners get so many luxuries, when they are in prison for a reason. To be honest, many people try to get into prison these days so they can have a better life and don't have to work to earn money. This is messed up. Prison isn't a punishment with all the things the prisoners receive. Prisoners receiving all these luxuries, should be stopped. Otherwise it's pointless for them going to prison because the outside world seems to be more of a punishment than it is inside prison. Things need to change.
Seriously, 5% of tax payers money goes towards making prisons a better place. Why can't prisoners just do something to actually contribute to society, by growing their own food and simply supplying their own needs and wants. If they did a crime, no matter what it is, they should have to take care of themselves instead of being handed things to entertain themselves. This way they could also have some sort of life experience and trade for when, and if, they are released. I honestly do not think it is fair that they are allowed internet access and television. They are in prison for doing something that was wrong and simply have to serve their time without learning what the difference in privileges are.
Its a jail where you lose your freedoms. I can't afford cable, prisoners get it from my tax dollars.
Either you let me have my money back or you give me a tax credit for getting my own cable and internet. Why should I bother following laws when prisoners get benefits I can't afford by following the laws.
I just took a field trip to a maximum security prison in West Virginia. I was blown away with how much freedom the inmates had. They had tvs, Xbox, PlayStation, they were also allowed in the yard as much as they want. The crimes inside prison has raised dramatically in 2013 with 6 stabbings with chives (make-shift knives) in 2013 alone at mount olive max security prison. I believe they need to be more strict and be allowed to ruff the prisoners up a little.
Every human has a right to BASIC necessities. Food, Shelter, Water. Many LAW ABIDING citizens go without at least one of these things within their lifetime. So why is is that someone who has broken the law, and is being cared for by MY hard earned tax dollars gets to have privileges that I do not? If I want cable, I pay for it. If I want internet access, I pay for it. If I want an education beyond high school, I pay for it. Why should people who are serving time for aggreviances against society be given PRIVILEGES that we are not afforded?
Whilst in jail, prisoners receive:
• Access to a library
• A radio
• Television access
• Allowances for chosen luxuries
• Free dental and hospital care
• Wi-Fi access
• Chances to buy cigarettes, DVDs and other chosen luxuries
• Choice of selected food
Prisoners can earn things with good behaviour like extra visits from friends and family and extra money to spend each week. However, they should be showing good behaviour all the time as they are in prison as a punishment for breaking the law and shouldn’t be rewarded at all; everyday, people that haven’t broken the law and aren’t in prison, show good behaviour and they don’t get rewarded so why should prisoners?
It costs £304, 000, 0000 per year of the tax payer’s and the gouvernment’s money to keep the prisoners in prison and provide them with all of these luxuries. As much as they deserve human rights, they do not deserve anything other than the necessities: a bed, privacy, food, water, toilet and a place to wash. Televisions, radios, newspapers and even allowances are given to the prisoners, when the money spent to pay for all of these un-necessary items should be given to people that deserve it and can’t even afford a bed. There are many homeless people in the world that have never broken the law, so surely they deserve a bed more than criminals deserve a television. The money should be given to them or other worthy charities.
We shouldn’t be wasting money on making someone’s punishment more enjoyable. It is proven that prisoners receive more luxuries than the elderly when placed in a care home. Wouldn’t you rather have the government spend money making care homes more enjoyable for the elderly, where they have to live, or waste money on making criminals happy? People are sent to prison for a reason: breaking the law. The government is using money to have these criminals sit in a cell watching television, smoking or listening to the radio when they should be working, earning their own money. The money used to make their punishments more enjoyable could be spent on anything to help our country, maybe even enrolling the criminals in the army, to serve our country and work off the laws they have broken.
It costs £304,000,0000 per year of the tax payers money to keep the prisoners in prison and provide them with all of these luxuries. As much as they deserve human rights, they do not deserve anything other than the necessities: a bed, privacy, food, water, toilet and a place to wash. Televisions, radios, newspapers and even allowances are given to the prisoners, when the money spent to pay for all of these un-necessary items should be given to people that deserve it and can’t even afford a bed. There are many homeless people in the world that have never broken the law, so surely they deserve a bed more than criminals deserve a television.
When our elderly have the same level of housing (clean, warm etc), food, medical care, and THEIR needs met, then Maybe we can take a look at the comfort needs of our society's CRIMINAL population. Perhaps jails/prison's internment environment should match the crime of the prisoner. Many of the worst criminals COULD have been shot trying to escape arrest.
They have committed a crime therefore they should have to do the time. They should have no unnecessary luxuries like cable television or internet. They should not have to access pornography or books about murder and rape. Its just feeding fuel to the fire, and possibly encouraging the behaviors that they were imprisoned for or even worse starting new a new habit they they could possibly be later imprisoned for!!
I think that the fact that prisoners that have broken the law and hurt are society get to live with luxuries like watching TV, internet, and even three meals a day. I am mad this is happening because i know people who have not committed any serous crimes and don't even get to eat three meals a day and yet we spend are tax money on people who have killed others or committed hard core crimes so they can live without any worries that every citizen does in the US every day so yes i really think that they have way to many comforts for being convicted criminal.
After watching a documentary about prisons in America giving the inmates privileges such as pet cats, and Xboxes, I started to realize that they spend their days locked up in a cell, just being lazy and worthless.
A lot of inmates could use psychiatric help, or they should learn how to be part of society by working and learning how to make something of their lives whilst away from society. What right do they have to be living an easy life of luxury, whilst everyone else has to work and pay for them? They should give something back, not just kept away for nothing.
Why do worthless pieces of crap locked up in prison get free cable, free medical, free food, free everything when people who haven't committed crimes have to pay for everything they have? It doesn't make sense why anyone would waste so much money on these rapists, pedophiles, murderers and drug dealers to make their worthless existences more comfortable. We should be spending the money on using inmates as test subjects for new weapons and for medical experiments. That way they can contribute to society.
Too bad if people thinks its unjust and cruel not to give prisoners luxuries. What if the murderer that was in there killed one of your family? would you want him living like royalty. Prison should be as basic as it gets nothing extra at all. We have to pay for these murderers, rapists, molesters, and other crime committing felons. Well I believe they've lived the life long enough time to cut back on there luxuries. They don't deserve it
People who commit terrible crimes should not get comforts, other than a bed, books and their own thoughts for quiet contemplation. To murder or rape someone is the most grave crime a human can commit, someone's life is exterminated, snuffed out, never to return and a lifetime of grief and sadness for the real victims. Making prison more pleasant is trivializing the nature of the crime. Prisoners will not grasp quite how serious their crime is if they are getting presents. Now people say treating them well reduces re-offending rates. Okay, but it does not act as a deterrent for anyone thinking of committing a crime, after all what is the worst that can happen if they are getting cable etc.
Jail is meant to be as uncomfortable as possible. The whole point is that you don't come back. However, if it's more comfortable to live in a jail then to live out here, there is something wrong. Inmates do some of the worst crimes possible and to have access to TV and internet is wrong. There is a difference between prisoners' rights and prisoners' privileges. Coddling prisoners defeats the whole purpose of a jail.
Prison should be a punishment. Comforts (such as television, internet, gaming systems, cell phones, etc... ) should not be given. Prisoners should be given the choice to perform labor for pay, access to reading material, and access to exercise equipment (to include sports). I could even be convinced that they should have access to education to get a degree.
It's a punishment, not a hotel. Threat of incarceration should be more of a deterrent than it is.
If prisoners have committed murder or rape then their human rights should be taken away. Prison should be a punishment--it should be like hell on earth. If a prisoner wants to starve themselves for protest then let them starve; if a prisoner incites a riot, detain him and let him clean up the mess. Internet, TV, and education shouldn't even be available; let them be bored. No wonder criminals don't mind prison--some seem to have it easy! Juvenile prison should be tougher too. If prisons were harsh and unbearable, then maybe people would think twice before committing horrible crimes.
They deserve nothing but a cold stone floor to sleep on, cold tasteless food, cold showers, Give them no rights, no luxury, nothing, let them know how it feels to be in jail and never to want to go back there. That's what they deserve for committing crimes, that will work.
Flat screen TVs with cable, hot water and a private bathroom. Hot meals 24/7, and a comfortable bed... All for free. Living in prison now-a-days is luxury. You killed someone, and the price to pay is luxury living at no addition costs. It's wrong. People commit crimes so they can enter prison, where life is better.
No offense, but the US has the most people in prison than any other country! Can you see why? Prisoners actually get more tax dollars than public schools! Why fund murders, robbers? Why can't we fund public schools! This is honestly why the United States of America is so screwed up!
Prison is supposed to be something you DON'T want to experience, not a convenience! Watching cable and using the internet are not going to help them turn their lives around, there are much better ways of doing that. If being away from family/friends is such a terrible thing, then if the family/friends care about them they can visit on occasion, grow up! It's a tough world, but not in America anymore. Look at how other countries run their prisons, like Black Dolphin for example in Russia. How many issues do they have there? I am sure public knowledge of having prisons like that discourage criminals to some degree.
Punishment should be fast and swift and fit the crime. If the sentence is for 30 years, the prisoner should always serve the full 30 years, not a minute less. Prisons are not overcrowded, they bunk and sleep in shifts like our submariners have to do. No reason for them to sleep only at night, they are not going anywhere and are not on any schedule. The punishment should be so severe that the thought of recommitting the crime should never be an option in the mind of the criminal.
When they committed a crime high enough to earn them time in jail, I think that that's where you say "They've lost those luxury rights." If these people are willing to commit the crimes to get them where they are, we need to make sure jail is so unpleasant that they won't make a mistake like that again.
Even though they are still humans, they still are people who have done horrible things... 50yrs ago we did not have phones, TVs, computers, and all of these other electronic devices. These are still luxuries to some families because they cant even afford it, and yet inmates are getting all of these things for free? No, that is not right.
Prisoners should not have the rights they have in jail. They committed a crime, broke the law, and to let them get away with the rights they have like T.V, Internet, etc.--this should not be tolerated. They lost their rights when they broke the law, letting them have a better life in jail than in the real world, THERE'S NO WAY THEY SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS!
They are in jail to serve their consequence, not to enjoy life luxuries. We have people out of jail who cant afford these things. So why should they get them? Its like they live good, no bills, entertainment, food, and a/c. Our troops sometimes don't have these things should why should they.
Having worked in a maximum security prison, I saw many benefits that included cable TV (which included such shows as "Prison Break" (they should only get Sesame Street and Barney), plus they have a fully outfitted gym. Life in prison should be difficult and uncomfortable so that it is not desirable to return to prison. For those with LWOP, it should be a time of reading and reflection but not a time of leisure. I do not believe in torture but I do not believe in gym time. If they want to bulk up let them get behind a mule and plow and work off their frustration.
Prisoners receive free health care, and free education. Even if they have finances outside of the prison, they are not required to support any of these benefits. In some prisons, they also have access to televisions and video games. They also have access to a free gym. People who have not committed a crime have to pay for all of these luxuries themselves. In the mean time, prisoners are receiving these benefits for free.
My dad works as a prison guard, and the inmates there get free internet, television, gyms and weight-lifting rooms, music rooms with top-of-the-line equipment, a library stocked with books, and have the opportunity to get their Masters degree completely paid for by the state. Criminals aren't kings, they're psychopaths, rapists, thieves, murderers, and others who knew what they were getting in to the moment they committed the crime. They aren't kings, they're vile pieces of filth who will never learn their lesson if this keeps up.
Why do we need to pay out millions of tax dollars for their comfort? They can work, study to improve themselves, clean the prisons, tend gardens, help with stray animals, learn a trade, etc. I'm tired of people insisting on political correctness and not wanting to hurt peoples feelings, they DO NOT DESERVE posh treatment!
The argument is invalid about inmates having rights. When they decided to infringe upon someone else's rights, they threw their own out. It boils down to the inmate did not respect authority or others for that matter, and they got caught, unplanned of course. Regardless, if one does not think before they act, they deserve what's coming to them; no matter the offense. Inmates should not have access to cable and the likes. They should be grateful that they are fed, have a roof over their head, and they have water, even if it's not gourmet, clean, and sparkling.
I can't make enough money to pay my basic expenses and yet I can't get help because I'm disabled and trying to work but keep getting told of cut backs on Medicaid and Medicare and SSDI but why do we provide this for people who break the law.? They have room, board, over 3 meals a day and do not have to pay but can get what ever they need.
They're incarcerated, ie; away from their wife, kids, grandpa, mom, brother, sister, job, dog- society, period. It's hell! Every holiday is misery! They're locked up with guys that have no possibility of ever getting out, guys that will KILL you just as soon as accept an excuse me for stepping on their state issued boot. It's no summer camp people. Take away all "luxuries" and what you have is sheer hell on earth. Hell on earth is not conducive to "rehabilitation". Let's not forget that people get released at some point... We want people to learn from their mistakes not become sociopathic animals. Grow up.
Not all jails should be made the same, but the worst offenders do not deserve comforts for free. How can they repent and feel sorry for their prior actions. Most of these people are never rehabilitated and so when they leave jail after their sentence they become repeat offenders.
People are suffering outside of jails because of these people. Also we've got homeless who could use these comforts not them!!!
I voted yes because of the pictures and news I see. I have not known anyone to be in jail. I am not sure if these amenities are for the inmates or the guards. I just want to know the number of hours an inmate has to work each day? I am not a prisoner and I work an average of 10 hrs (just at office) to pay my bills including cable and internet. I think there should be some rule about inmates working for at least 12 hours a day (work can depend on their education and experience level.) Half of their pay for that work should be used to up keep their imprisonment and other half for later when they get out so they can get back in to the society.
Education for inmates should not be free. If some one is attending school in prison, they should still continue to work (like any other student outside of prison)
Just a thought.
Criminals getting anything but a bucket and a blanket is a joke. Pay for your crimes in a real way not by going to free room with free cable, free food, free meds, and free education. This is why they keep reoffending because jail is just a joke!!! Stop feeling sorry for these thugs they didn't care when they committed the crime why should we the taxpayers pay for their crimes!!!
When someone decides to molest a young child they deserve to be treated like an animal. When someone robs someone at gun point causing the victim PTSD then they deserve to be treated like an animal. They dehumanized themselves for murder, manslaughter, whatever then yes they deserve to be treated like an animal because that is the choice they have made!
Small time criminals like petty theft or pot bust then thats a different story.
Those who murder shouldn't be allowed to sit around in a room however bare and cold it is and watch cable T.V. And use the internet! These people are in prison for a reason and yet we pamper them with electronics and entertainment! The money used to buy these T.V.S should be used for food or even cloths and such not Television!
The problem with the current prison system is prisoners are still basically free to do what they want inside prison walls. Prison is only a deterrent to law abiding citizens, career criminals are quite comfortable inside prison. I think there is too much interaction between prisoners. Prison should be a place no one wants to go, and it may need to be tailored to fit individuals. I believe all prisoners should be in solitary confinement, prisoners should eat their meals in their cells instead of a group cafeteria. I think the Russians have got prisons perfected, we could learn a lot from them in this regard.
While in prison, you are meant to be taught right from wrong, and to be justly corrected. What they deserve is food, a blanket, a toilet, and some clothing. Not cable, internet, and air conditioning. They are to be in trouble, not to be comfortable. That is the whole point of prison.
Everything is done for them in prison. They're so well taken care of that when they get out they cant fend for themselves and they just want to go back in. They're cold they get a sweatshirt given to them, they're hungry then they get fed. They can get on the internet just like we can, they have tv privileges, they can buy things from a canteen just like we can from a store, they can just a gym. All of things for free. They're taken care of better than some kids are taken care of by their parents of course they would wanna come back. Prison life needs to be hard and unpleasant so that the felon wont want to come back.
Prisons are required to have cable for the inmates and they have 3 square meals a day that are often better quality food than high school lunches that they get off our tax dollars while high school students have to pay for lunch. They also get time to lift and get into better shape and are provided with the equipment to do so.
The UK government has failed to deliver the most simple, basic guideline of prison;
Prison is supposed to be a place of punishment, a citizen commits a crime so he/she is to be sent
To place so awful that their time spent there should be unbearable so that ideally upon completion of their sentence thy are compelled not to commit crime again! That is the simplest concept of what prison is supposed to be that my mind can possibly contemplate and yet even that has failed to come into fruition. Prisoners should be placed in a brick room with a toilet and somewhere to sleep, they should be provided with the bear minimum amenities to remain in a healthy stable condition. Instead , however, prisoners get satellite television, hair salons, thousands of pounds worth of support and counselling, a vast choice of meals on a daily basis and more luxuries than many all inclusive holidays that I've been on! Prisoners ask for special treatment and in most cases are granted their demands e.G. Extra time to skype loved ones, who their cell mates should be. In one case I have known a prison guard to run down to the local shop to get an inmate a pack of cigarettes! Our justice system is an absolute joke and quite frankly an embarrassment. The government needs to get a grip and understand that they are failing to produce the whole idea of prison.
Innocent people have to work for all those things that a prisoner gets for free, even pay taxes. Some prisoners have a better life than innocent people, for example people in Africa are starving whilst prisoners get to hang around with their so-called inmates and enjoy their Internet, cable, you name it. Countries like China, Iran and North Korea have one of the lowest crime rates because the prisons in their country are strict and brutal, and this is an improvement that is supposed to be proposed in our prisons.
The guy that shot and killed your friend goes to jail. You look on Facebook and find he is back on. Why are they rewarding crime? Yes we have rights, we are people, but we didn't rob, kill etc. There should be a line somewhere. How about you have a right to live and that's that.
I don't believe anyone should have to sit in a 4x8 room and stare at the walls 23 hours a day. Of course it depends on what the person is being punished for. But nobody, especially bad people, deserve a free ride and for some of these repeat offenders this is just a way of life. If they want benefits, they can work for them. I mean hard labor, otherwise its just sit in that room. I know the liberals believe in rehab but they can also work for their bennies! Remember, if they just sit on their asses watching TV etc. When they get released they will do the same thing.
I think that if the prisoners have done something wrong then why do we have to show sympathy? If they have Internet access then they could contact someone outside the prison and tell them to do their job. Also it takes about $24,00 to support a prisoner behind bars which is way above the U.S poverty line for a family of four, which is $23,050. So the choice is yours, who do you want to help? The people who have done something wrong or the people who are trying to live with doing nothing wrong and living with less money.
They are there to be punished not comforted and entertained. They get more amenities than I do and I work daily. I don't think this is fair that they have a bed and meals everyday and us out here may not have a home and food everyday. Why are we paying for them to have luxuries in jail when they did the crimes to put them in there?
Prisoners have been arrested because they have done something wrong! Being able to play video games and watch TV shouldn't be allowed! They are locked up for a reason! Many families cant even afford what the prisoners have, now that's not fair! If you have broken the law you should pay for it. There are so many things that we do not know about prison life...But to me seems like they are having a party! Needs to be sorted out and fast!
Prisoners have it too easy because they get the same privileges inside as they do on the outside. They do not work as hard, and have all the time in the world to work out and relax in the courtyards. These men are in prison for a reason, being in there they met people who are just as bad and aggressive. They make many more associations that they can benefit from when they get on the outside. Which can lead to more crime and bigger groups/gangs which can lead to bigger crime which may be harder to find and catch them.
There are many hard working, struggling Americans who don't have some of the non-essential "extras" that prisoners have. America needs to get their priorities straight; providing extra comfort for prisoners is certainly not one of them. Let's look into ATTEMPTING to rehab them and get them some psychological help. Better yet, let's give some of the murderers, pedophiles, and rapists the same treatment they would receive in some of the hard core Russian prisons.
Jail is not supposed to be comfortable, there are many military men and women that are also away from their families that do not have this kind of access. Furthermore, jail is not a vacation so I do not care if their accommodations include tv and Internet. Also being treated humanely does not require luxuries.
Prisoners should not have to go without meds. Yet on that matter they should not be allowed to watch disney channel or the news all day. if they wish to do those things, they should try for parol. My favorite prison. the one where they sleep in tents, in the desert, and wear pink pajamas while doing community service. Agreed?
If you're a prisoner, you should be in a cold cell with a threadbare blanket, no running water, no medicine, and meager food. Also, you should have to do hard labor fourteen hours a day at below minimum wage, the proceeds of which go to fund the prison. And you should have absolutely zero free time. It's not a vacation.
Prison should not be enjoyable. The less fun prison is, the more likely the criminal will not commit a crime again. If prison has too many comforts, the criminal might do something while thinking, "You know, if I get caught, prison wasn't that bad. It's worth the risk."
The only exception should be for people with prison for life. They're not getting out ever, and they need something to do for all those years.
Please sign this petition Criminals should not have the luxury of watching TV in their Cells and then please share!!!!!!!!!
Prisons are meant to be exactly that, prisons. They shouldn't have the luxuries that they do! They should be working, like the chain-gang. All prisons should do that. I also firmly believe in the "eye for an eye" rule. You killed someone? You be hanged, like Saddam. You don't get to sit around in prison for 30-40 years, then get out.. Just to kill again! It's just not right.
Prisons are not meant to be pleasant places. They are supposed to deter those who may consider breaking the law. When prisons become too comfortable then, for many in the lower levels of society, it becomes no deterrent at all. Some may actually enjoy prison. Therefore, luxuries should be removed.
When you are convicted of a crime and sent to prison, it should be just that: prison. There shouldn't be luxuries, like cable television and Internet. These are items that we all have to pay for, and I don't believe that we should pay for those items for people who have broken the law. Their entertainment could be books from a library, or regular free television. But, we don't need any more expenses incurred by housing these criminals. It's not fair and it's not right. They should be punished, not pampered.
Yes, prisoners definitely have too many comforts. Jail time is supposed to be a punishment, not a vacation. Those in prison are given too many luxuries and drain our economy. They should be given the minimum needed for survival. If you commit a crime, there must be consequences, and prison should not be a hotel.
Prisoners are sentenced to prison in order to be kept away from society and the entertainment that comes with being a part of society. They are there to reflect upon what they did, and to make changes to hopefully come out as a productive member of society. Prison is not a daycare center or a place to be entertained. They should not be allowed to watch television or have internet access, especially since their stay in prison is on the taxpayer's dime.
I feel the prisoners have earned nothing but prison and should have the very minimum standards while doing their time. Our senior citizens and many others often live without air conditioning, cable television or computers to utilize the Internet. We move money from schools and services to fund our prisons, giving to people who chose not to give to society.
While I believe that criminals all have a right to the necessities of life (food, shelter, and clothing), I also believe that the time that they spend in prison should be spent at labors that not only support the criminal, but also repay society. We would have fewer criminals if the law insisted that time spent in prison was spent working.
If prison isn't all that bad, why do they need to mend their ways? From a prisoner's point of view, committing a crime doesn't pose that much of a risk since they get a lot of comforts while locked up for their supposed punishment.
There is no reason that prisoners should have amenities, because they are there for a crime that was illegal. They should be able to read or have therapy, but they should not have any fun entertainment, like TV. This is the only way they have to sit and constantly think about their crime, and why they were wrong.
Prison is not supposed to be fun. Prison is punishment for doing something wrong. There are homeless people that have never done a thing wrong in their life. Do they get Cable and internet? Prisoners do not deserve such privileges. They had their chance to have these things, they should of lost it.
Prison is a place for punishment, not some place to get Cable TV and Internet and to chill. People go their because of their crimes, not to recieve free food. If your sister or brother was murdered, raped, hurt, etc, I am sure you would wish that person were dead! Well, these people have done that kind of stuff, and they are getting what they deserve. Many of these people are lucky even to be living. People say they are humans and deserve to be treated like the rest of us. But the criminals have murdered. But let's these criminals have a taste of their own medicine.
They killed your own kind.. They stole your own kind.. They raped your own kind.. THEY HURT YOUR OWN KIND! Would you want the murderer.. of your loved one.. sitting in a place they call "home" loungeing on a seat watching t.v. or chatting on the internet with their next victim? ENJOYING HIS FREE FOOD! Laughing at the very own idea.. that you think hes suffering when hes really enjoying himself. There was a time in the world where any crime was an automatic execution. But we learned in time that was too inhumane.. That people deserved a second chance.. That doesn't mean we treat them with comfort and tell them with actions that what they did was okay. If they're gonna get a second chance.. it better be with some punishment.. they'll never forget. Not end up back in the real world and end up right back and say, "Oh well, back to being served."
No matter what crime they commited, the fact is, they commited it. I'm sure nobody who is writing on this post is doing it from a prison computer, even though I'm also sure we all have made bad choices. Yes, some may be innocent, but they are minority, and there is no time for x-ray picking of innocence. Criminals are parasites, they take from society and don't give anything back. Rehabilitation through responsibility: they should be put to work, to build roads, bridges and labor the soil, and then earn those privileges such as cable and internet.
For people in jail for petty and nonviolent crimes, I see no problem with giving them a few home comforts. However, as most prisoners have committed serious crimes, especially ones like murder, rape, arson, etc, I think that they need to be punished, and harshly. Jail is mostly a place for punishment, after all.
Jail is supposed to be a rougher form of rehab. I believe that Rehabilitation through hard labour is the only way for people to realize. Even on the small crimes such as home disputes, those people should have to do hard labour. If they can't respect the law, you have to FORCE them to respect the law.
Jail is supposed to be punishment, not giving them free internet and TV. And it is wasting money too. The point of jailing people is for punishing them for their crimes.There's no actual rehabilitation being done when they're just chilling on Facebook playing Tetris battle and waiting for their release date.
The main purpose of prison is to punish and rehabilitate. Sending prisoners in to relax with free cable and internet defeats the purpose of both purposes. You're going to try and punish people by letting them watch My Little Pony whenever they want and letting them check their inmate twitter whenever they want? Seriously? There's no actual rehabilitation being done when they're just chilling on Facebook playing Tetris battle and waiting for their release date.
Criminals are still criminal! they should not have comforts inside the jail because they were being punished for what they've done to the innocent people. Another is where is the essence of justice there, if they where treated in the same manner:)
the point of jailing people is to punish them for what they have done, not give them reason to want to stay there, though it would be nice if they never left. The point is that they are supposed to be miserable and away from the world. give them internet and they could organize a crime via facebook or something
Prison is punishment. Some of the inmates are living better than someone on the outside. I do not like the idea of paying taxes to take care of a person that doesn't know how to stay on the right side of the law. The inmates should have the basic minimum that is needed, three hot meals a day, a comb/brush, a toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, a towel/washcloth, warm clothes/shoes, a bunk with a blanket. I know some homeless men that are veterans of a war that need these things more than the inmates do.
I'm going to stray from my usual moderate conservative agenda for a second, and buzz in on something that's bothered me for a bit now; prisoner's rights. Everyone knows we Americans waste billions per year on keeping non-violent offenders, and maybe violent offenders, who may have made a simple bad choice wasting away behind bars. I say wasting away, because if one is sent to jail/prison, it is supposed to teach a lesson, punish, plus keep the public safe, but there isn't too much a prisoner can do to enrich their, and their neighbor's life experience. Sure, there are a some genuine aims at rehabilitation, but they are few and far between.
My problem is that when you put someone in a box, and take away all of their dignity, usefulness, safety, and basic pleasures (sense of purpose, learning, sense of community, etc.), then you are essentially creating a potential ticking time bomb, which may be worse for the public, upon the prisoner's release date, than before. Don't get me wrong, if a wrong is committed, then there must be a reckoning, but most inmates probably aren't spiritually disciplined enough to just sit in their cell, meditate on their transgressions, and turn into a productive member of the community upon being freed. It's easy to say, "Well too bad for them! They shouldn't have ever given into a critical moment of weakness!". Who loses by stripping these people, yes they are still people, of some outlet to grow as a human in some positive way? Everyone does.
The question asked is tough. i have reviewed several of the below comments and some people should research the topic more before voicing opinion, comments on both sides.
i would have to say that yes. depending on the severity of the crime such as rape, murder, pedophilia, etc, there should be separate facilities dedicated to much worse punishment though at the same time leaving them to rot without at least some entertainment for decades would probably offer a worse alternative to death. so in my opinion, luxuries should be a commodity, rationed to prisoners on faith or as a reward for good behavior.
Not everyone is in prison for murder or violence. They are still human beings. Some deserve to rot away but most of these people need help, not ignorance. When you have a problem, it needs to be confronted, not locked away for a while. Everyone in prison has a mother, a father, some sort of family or friends; their blood runs red same as yours and mine. Have a little respect for human life or you are no better than a murderer; it's as good as taking somebody's life away while they still breathe.
We are basically rewarding them to do crime, oh you did something wrong, don't worry we will reward you with internet, 3 meals a day, and a TV. These are luxuries that some people can't afford but these prisoners are getting it for free. And we are paying for them to live in luxuries with our tax money!
People who commit crimes, get sentenced, and go to jail - should not pass go. All the comfort of home should be thrown out the window. The jails make it way to easy - three meals a day, showers, TV, medical expense. Way to easy. No wonder so many people are there.
There are good people in the world who cant afford tv and internet but the people in jail get it. Prisoners would proble feel that they didnt do anything wrong and when they get out they will just do it agian to get back into jail. Therefor Prisoners should not have cable tv or internet
Most people work hard for what they have, and things such as cable TV are not a necessity. There's no reason for prisoners to get luxuries that the average people have to pay for. Prisoners having Facebook pages and fan pages is ridiculous coming from someone who thinks morals are still important.
If you're willing to break the law, then you should be willing to have no internet or cable. Homeless people have done nothing wrong, yet they have less respect and less privileges than a convict. The money spent on all of this should go to the homeless or for education.
We're talking about some people who are going to be in jail for decades. They aren't hurting anybody by watching TV. I think that they don't deserve all their luxuries, but you can't lock them in a cell with a bucket and a blanket.
My partner is in jail, he doesn't get theses luxuries he pays a pound a week for his tele and its smaller than an iPad screen he works as a wing cleaner to get his money and his rights, without it he would like all the other prisoners be so bored they start getting agitated and volatile! You really don't have any idea how hard prison life actually is unless your in the situation and living in a cell with a tiny tele plastic knifes and forks food that makes you ill a thin mattress and a blanket being told what days and times you can shower and have a sane convo with some one! Don't judge what you don't know there alone in a cell with no loved ones, no I want some crisps ill walk to the shop! People like you lot will turn offenders in to psychopaths! Get the full facts first!
They should still have this stuff they still are human beings. They were all born free and equal in dignity and rights. Being able to watch TV is not a right you can take away. Everyone deprived of liberty should still be treated with humanity and dignity. The human being should still be treated honorably.
I've been to a level two prison, which is medium security. We had no cable, no internet. What you saw on TV was 4 different channels, none of which were any good, and you could only hear them if you bought a portable radio for $50. We didn't have access to computers, let alone internet. You only ate good food when you had money for canteen, which was very limited. There were no programs for anyone to improve their life except to get a GED or WorkKeys card.
We could get books, but they usually sucked unless you ordered your own, and you could only do that if you had family and friends who would send you money, because you couldn't earn it for working. Medical care sucks. One man got a hip replacement, and the doctor screwed it up and one of his legs was longer than the other, and SCDC refused to pay to have it fixed.
We didn't get to go outside except for maybe once or twice a week. The only thing you had to do was sleep and play cards with your cellmate basically. Prison sucks.
They're incarcerated, ie; away from their wife, kids, grandpa, mom, brother, sister, job, dog- society, period. it's hell! Every holiday is misery! they're locked up with guys that have no possibility of ever getting out, guys that will KILL you just as soon as accept an excuse me for stepping on their state issued boot. It's no summer camp people. take away all "luxuries" and what you have is sheer hell on earth. Hell on earth is not conducive to "rehabilitation". Let's not forget that people get released at some point... we want people to learn from their mistakes not become sociopathic animals. Grow up.
It's better for everyone if prisoners are being rehabilitated and not punished. I am sorry if it upsets someone that a prisoner is receiving a couple of luxuries. There are way too many people that are incarcerated in the United States and if we weren't so focused on punishing everyone, prisoners could actually learn to be contributing members of society. We can handle a few upset people that feel justice isn't being served so that prisoners spend less time in jail and more time bettering their lives.
1. Access to the internet is a right. This was agreed upon in the U.N. 2. Fines can pay for it. Who says taxes have to be involved? Just increase fines for all crimes slightly and use the money for stuff like internet in jails. 3. Internet can distract the prisoners from violence. 4. If prisoners hate jail, many of them will obviously feel like getting some revenge if they're released. Having internet can reduce that.
No, I don't think that prisoners have too many comforts, because actually they have enough stress, they
still deserve good conditions as they all humans. Some have been convicted unfair, but even if they had committed
crimes, you don't know what incited them to do it, you don't know what they have been through to make the crimes they did.
Many of them repent in the things they have done and nobody is beyond redemption. I think that most of these people
should not be in prison, they need a help to overcome the experience they got once, that pushed them to make the
things they are convicted for now.
Not everyone is in prison for murder or violence. They are still human beings. Some deserve to rot away but most of these people need help, not ignorance. When you have a problem, it needs to be confronted, not locked away for a while. Everyone in prison has a mother, a father, some sort of family or friends; their blood runs red same as yours and mine. Have a little respect for human life or you are no better than a murderer; it's as good as taking somebody's life away while they still breathe.
Tax payers don't pay for cable or internet. The inmates basically are paying for it. There is a huge mark up at the canten(their store). The money that comes from that pays for cable, internet, books in the library, and other things like that. Come on people. know your facts before posting your opinion.
Most prisoners come from low social-economic background. If prison life was as great as some people make it seem, why do all convicts come out of prison in worse psychological conditions and conviction not to return to prison? I would search for and place links to the supported material that lead me to this conclusion but this question/and debate is frankly quite ridiculous.I've probably spent to much time typing this already.
There are inmates that are in prisons that should not be. Many are in by the Justice System wanting a conviction only. Many inmates are falsely imprisoned. Inmates are treated worse than animals, they are not even treated like a human being, yet they are human. They are not getting the proper amount of food they should, nor proper medical treatment when needed and many times not even proper representation by even their own attorney's and definitely not by the justice system. If the State of Florida or any state really had rehabilitative programs as they claim they do have there would be less prisoners in prison and less prisons. The whole justice system needs to be revamped and many guards themselves needs to be behind bars for what they do to inmate that people on the outside are not aware of. Yes, many of the guards are far from being innocent. Much of the contraband that comes into the prisons are brought by the guards and many times planted in the inmates cells. If people only knew the amount the government gives these facilities to house per inmate they would be shocked considering how many inmates there are in the state of Florida and prisons. $500 per month per inmate, figure it up, how many inmates are in prison? It all boils down to money. It is really a shame that inmates are treated unfairly. Yes, they made mistakes and bad choices but haven't we as well? The only difference is they got caught. Everyone deserves a second chance. If God gave us a second and third chance who are we that we can't do the same? And I'm not ashamed to mention my name: Audrey Shepherd, I'm not Anonymous.
Being "tough on crime" is proven not to work. If you punish people (most are in for non violent crimes) they will just get angry. We should focus on making better people than punishing them. Would you rather have angry people who've learned nothing or contributing members of society? Burn the prisons.
Even though prisoners are given enough activities to not be bored, it's still jail. At the end of the day, they're not as happy as a wise homeless person. They may have limited access to enjoyable recreational activities, but that doesn't mean that life isn't hard for them or that they aren't still locked in a cell.
... They get worse not better. And so do you.
We are all results of how we relate with self, others and nature/world. The relations must be whole and well for the human to be whole and well. If you cut prisoners off from the world, they remain that way after release. Connect with the prisoners, send them well wishes. Don't hate, that hurts you, makes YOU subhuman.
Locking people up and depriving them of their freedom and families is very often more than punishment enough already. It is completely unnecessary to make life inside a prison more uncomfortable by denying them some or all of the privileges they would have access to on the outside. After all, we are all human beings so why should somebody who has been locked up against their will be denied the right to humanity and fairness? To me it is senseless and inhumane to make a person's life more miserable than necessary, whether they have committed a crime or not. Anyone human being on the earth can make a mistake, after all.
If it is used as a reward for good behavior I see no reason why they shouldn't have it. Isn't prison also about rehabilitation as well, and perhaps giving them that small luxury in response to a good work ethic and behavior can be a useful tool to help in that process. Also, how unpleasant do we think prisons should be, where is that line drawn? Perhaps allowing a few hours of TV a day is a good pacifier, which is to the benefit of the security officers there who have to wrangle these prisoners on a daily basis and I'm sure they would much rather have a calm prisoner population for their own safety.
Sculmer, what if the person is innocent? You just tortured an innocent man. :| As for the actual prompt, prison is (supposed to be) about rehabilitation, so outright punishment does not seem like an appropriate way to reach such a goal.
I haven't seen any evidence that prisoners are enjoying the high life. Those who agree with this seem to be assuming that a large portion of prisoners actually HAVE these comforts. We have overcrowded prisons and very unsanitary ones. You can't change the fact that prisoners are human, maybe they were caught stealing to feed their family. Like Jean Valjean in Les Miz.
average prisoners are exactly what people stereotypes them as. living in a cell with an insane roommate and being bored out of their minds.
somebody should be treated like animals. I mean we all commit crimes everyday some that get caught and some that don't but it is still a crime but sometimes our crimes our over looked like cheating the poor and stealing what is not ours and hurting people with our words and actions that affects and hurts every one . How I look at it he who is without sin let home cast the first stone
they deserve some rights
They are in their situation because they were unable to handle regular life, had criminal tendencies, and were unable to deal with anger or mental stress. To get rid of their past, they need a pleasant environment, and they need to know what's going on in the outside world. Once they come out of the prison, if everything is new (technology, etc.), then they couldn't continue their normal life.
You realize they are already being forced to pay to be locked up in a small cell all alone (or with a cell mate that drives them absolutely mad) Without something normal, to entertain them they would go absolutely bonkers! Picture it like being grounded for years and years all you kids out there (besides, all of you have been a kid at one time or another) Maybe some types of media could even have a positive influence on them. Who knows.
How many of you that think prisoners have too many comforts have ever visited a prison? You have no idea. Prisoners do not have internet and the "cable" is to allow all prisoners to share a small TV and watch whatever is turned on for them in a common room. They are treated like animals. Kept in their extremely hot (summer)or cold (winter) cells most of the time. The food they are given to eat is nasty. You wouldn't eat it. Animals in a shelter are treated better. Guards tell them what to do every minute of every day and many of the guards love to try to make them angry so they will get in more trouble. Would you still believe in an "eye for an eye" if you or one of your family were incarcerated? It can happen to anyone. Be careful what you say.
Been there, done that & unless you've had the experience you don't have a clue. How good is a tv that you can't hear? PLEASE PLEASE show me a prison that offers Internet to it's cons. That alone is a farse. They not only pay for their crimes by serving time, but they also pay a fine to the courts for court costs. They pay for doctors visits and medications and if they had to survive off the food they are given, they would die in prison.
Too general a question. I do not believe all prisoners are "pampered". If the stated goal of prison is to reform or re-educate, 75% of American prisoners are in prison for non-violent drug crimes. Many innocent people are also in prison. If prison is simple revenge or punishment only then...Make the punishment fit the crime, all we're doing now is recycling at huge expense.
The average inmate will not get these luxuries you are talking about. At least in California prisons where my boyfriend was held for a pot bust for 5 days. What's funny is that even in prison you have socioeconomic levels. He said the food was awful but he brought money in with him and he could buy books and extra (better) food. He could also buy stationery and magazines. However, there was no media that promoted any type of violence, and no internet access for anyone. Money goes a long way in there.
How do you expect people to correct their thinking without access to new information?
The purpose of incarceration is about restraining a person from infringing on another's/public's rights, not keeping them as ignorant as when they went in.
InfoTech supervision is easy as hell thesedays, so there's no good reason to isolate a human's *mind* as well as the body.
Especially for the educated prisoners that still have some enlightening/progressive thoughts to contribute to the civilization that failed to negate all of the reasons to commit a crime in the first place.
The solution is simple: more touchscreens/cameras for them, as well as the responsibility for paying for them.
I took criminal Justice in high school, and I've had a few friends that have been in prison a few times before. They shouldn't be deprived of the right to still live a little. They aren't animals, you can't lock them inside a steel room all day with no cool air when it's too hot. If they go outside, they are monitored by guards...
Theyre still people. Let's not treat them as if that's it, life is over and meaningless for them, they might as well be dead animals. Come on, we need to be more humane. The goal of the prison system is not to ruin someone and make them into an animal. The goal is fourfold: 1) Prevent crime from happening...(2) Exact justice for a crime and ...(3) reform the criminal...(4) keep the criminal from harming others
having these luxuries in prison does not really effect 1. No one wants to go to prison either way. Prison is bad as it is...Im not saying make prison a resort but come on don't treat them like animals.
Having luxuries does not mess up #2 either because being confined to a prison is good punishment.
Number 3 however is impeded if we deny these humans certain luxuries.
Number 4 is really unaffected
I'm not saying specifics or how far we should go. All I'm saying is treat them like people
They ALL NEED something to do if they CANNOT work, while they are locked up in prison, because NOT ALL prisons have jobs for their inmates, & NOT ALL prisons can afford to pay their inmates for doing chores, so the prisoners NEED to be able to watch some television, etc. while they are locked up in prison. Thanks. That is ALL.
Countless non-violent offenders are put in jail every year, meaning when (if) they re-enter society, they are stigmatized for having a criminal record. The least we can do is give them access to reading material, minimal entertainment and limited internet access. The goal here should be not to make life in prison easier or harder, but how to keep people OUT of prison.
Get real here. They don't have a life after incarceration. They are forgotten people. Disrespected by staff, other inmates, and themselves. Life is hard enough for them. Especially when doing a large amount of time. They end up turning on each other. Prison officials know this. Guards allow it, a 'code of conduct' made up by the inmates flourishes because its easier for the guards to do nothing. If attacked you also get punished, if you tell of the assault or not. The saddest is losing contact with the outside world. These few conveniences help in keeping them attached to the normal world. I don't know what is worse, the other prisoners or the uninterested guards.
Once you get arrested for a crime, and got to prison, you shouldn't have the comforts of home. You gave those up by committing a crime. To say you are entitled...The only thing you are entitled to is a meal, place to sleep, shower. Why should we pay for computers, tv and other luxuries law abiding citizens can't afford.
Many prisoners are there for decades or maybe the rest of their lives, most regret the mistakes they have made and should have some luxuries, it is cruel to just have them sit in a room with a bed and a toilet and expect them to stay sane. Entertainment is a part of relaxation which is crucial about physical and mental health. Imagine if that was your family member? No, I've never been to prison, I've never been in legal trouble in my life, not even a parking ticket, but I can be insightful and think about how it must feel to be stuck in a jail cell for such a long time.
My son is in prison in Florida. They do not have cable or internet access at all. THey also do not have air conditioning. I would suspect you would not want to trade your bed for his steel shelf with a 2 inch mattress or your food for his any day. He lost 35 pounds in a year because the men are not fed enough.
Prison is a negative thing yes, and it should not be a fun place to be. That being said it is not the place of the criminal justice system to make their lives a living hell. The purpose of a correctional facility is to rehabilitate these people from their former lives of crime and make them productive healthy members of society. Sitting in an empty concrete room will only brood a hate for the system and everyone involved in it. However if they are treated in a respectable manner and not as animals, people can be conditioned and/or made to change. The idea is not to keep them locked up forever, the United States incarcerates far too many people as it is. We hold over twenty five percent of the world's incarcerated population.
If we're taking away their freedom then I believe that it is unnecessary to punish them; prison is about rehabilitation. Prisoners are still human beings with emotion and deserve to be treated as such, they just need to be kept away from society if they are a danger to it. Besides, the entertainment probably keeps them from committing further crime within prison.
You don't see most prisoners sitting in a room watching television. Most prisoners attain these things on good behavior, and as soon as the behavior is breached, they lose such niceties. Prison isn't a day care, the system understands that.
There is a reward system within most prisons. The good prisoners will have more leeway in the system. The bad prisoners don't get what they want.
But prison isn't a day care system. It's supposed to be a rehabilitation system. If most prisoners are getting access cable, then good for them, they're doing what they're supposed to be doing.
Anyone who thinks prisons in the US are easy has never been to prison. Prison inmates have no rights. They get can get beaten or sexually abused and they have no way out. And if anyone thinks that that makes people better human beings then they do not know what they are talking about. Now if we look at recidivism rates you will find that Scandinavian prisons are in the single digits of percentage. Why? Because they actually try to rehabilitate people.
Justice is not about rehabilitation, it's about retribution and as such is designed in such a way as o find the majority of defendants guilty, regardless of evidence. This is because people are sentenced on the balance of probability, very rarely on factual guilt. This means that if an allegation is made the court will assume guilt and require the defendant to prove their innocence. This is not easy, even for those who are factually innocent. Prison itself does nothing to either deter crime, or rehabilitate. or the most part governments accept that there are many innocent people in prison, but find it an acceptable consequence, rather than to ever admit that the justice system is highly fallible. Life in prison isn't easy for anyone, and it's even harder for those who are innocent. Any luxuries are usually earned, not just given. A television makes life more bearable for all concerned. People reel in shock at the incarceration of animals, but somehow think that to imprison and degrade a human being, is acceptable. Not all prisoners are factually guilty and not all prisoners are murderers, sex offenders or even serial killers, but they are all treated with the same contempt by the majority of the public and the so called justice system.
Being locked up is punishment enough. The aim is to help these unfortunatel people to underestand their problems and try to turn them around so that on release they are ready to become tax paying citizens and lead a healthy well balanced life. Without help some people just can't do this and when you look at their upbrining and life history it is often not surprising that they commit crimes as a way out. Understanding is the beginning of success for many, both in jail and out.
The prisons (at least where I am) do offer cable (14 channels) to inmates. County inmates get one TV per cell and is provided by the jail. Most county cells, mind you, have double their capacity with half sleeping on the floor. State inmates can have their own TV at their bunks but they have to purchase the TV themselves or someone on the outside has to purchase it for them and drop it off. Cable is paid for by the inmates going out and working for surrounding cities. Blacktop, recycling center, putting out road signs, and other things most people complaining on this website wouldn't dream of having to exert the energy for. This labor covers their cable, and affords them a whopping 63 cents per day to order food. A little over $12 a month. Keep in mind that a pack of ramen noodles costs 50¢ to $1 depending on the jail. (Once again where I am.. Not everywhere..). Recreation is required by law, and is a necessary component for day to day function. Not to mention you go to work when told, eat when told, strip searched when told, go to bed when told, and so on. So tell me.. In what world is laying blacktop for 63 cents per day and being able to watch a 13 inch TV while sharing a room and shower with 20+ other people more glamorous than living a free life? If this is true for you.. Then YOU have truly messed up somewhere down the line.. From the sounds of it more so than the inmates living in these luxury resorts you keep speaking of.
Cheaper than extra guards. Less risk of riots.
Everybody makes bad mistakes some people get caught for them. Just about eveybody has or will make mistakes that if they were caught doing would put them in jail. Give me a break look at the world and the shape it's in, crooked politicians, presidents etc. The world is fueled by greed and money. O.J. Simpson was allowed to murder two people without any punishment, why because he was rich and famous. There's no such thing as a justice system, If there was Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be in his tent city wearing his pink underwear.
I dont think they do. They can earn it after a while because some are not all bad, they have just simply made bad choices. Sculmer, what if the person is innocent? You just tortured an innocent man. :| As for the actual prompt, prison is (supposed to be) about rehabilitation, so outright punishment does not seem like an appropriate way to reach such a goal.
We are all humans and that could be you so you should not judge so easily. They ARE being punished but to keep them from society's evolution and technology will not help with their integration afterwards - try sitting in prison for a day and ask yourself the question if they are really having too much comforts?
Its common knowledge that everyone isn't born with a silver spoon in their hand. To a certain degree you are a product of your environment, and its human nature to emulate what you see throughout your life. Unfortunately some people only see negative behavior, so that's all they know. Bottom line its a huge circle that begins at home. Most people look at Urban areas and mock them instead of realizing that for most of those people life isn't about the luxuries your exposed to and moving up in life and becoming wealthy. Success in their eyes is simply surviving to see the next day. As long as there are programs in these prisons teach them other ways of survival and success I'm fine paying for the limited luxuries.
Although people have made mistakes I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt that they learn a lesson by being sent to jail as a punishment. If they are treated like animals when they get out how can they contribute back to society they will be crazy and come out mentally unstable. So my opinion they should have cable and Internet, they are already being punished and paying their debt to society.
Yeah okay if they stabbed someone or raped a little kid, then they don't deserve luxuries like TV and internet connection. Some are in there by fault and would like to keep in contact with their families. The fact that they have little entertainment sources could start riots and could also go insane from having nothing to do. May I remind you that they are human beings and they don't deserve to be treated like animals.
There is common perception amongst non-incarcerated citizens that prison life is not quite cruel enough for the men and women that are convicted. As if the goal of incarceration was not to rehabilitate the individual, but to instead punish them; and so giving prisoners access to education and decent meals doesn’t make the experience quite miserable enough for them. Many Americans wish for prisoners to suffer while incarcerated, even if it negatively affects their rehabilitation. The idea that criminals have it easy in prison in a complete misconception.
We can't expect to know the nature of the prison systems if we are never afforded to personally visit them. What we have, however, are troves of statistical evidence stating that prison inmates are a group deprived of rights. These are primarily non-violent offenders that are grouped with other more unsavoury characters. And we want to equally admonish them all by depriving them of rudimentary creature comforts? For shame....
Prison is a disgusting, spirit-killing, awful place to be, (with or without the cable tv). If you think living in prison is somehow made luxurious by having cable or some other "comfort," try living in prison yourself and then let me hear you complain of it being too "comfortable." Most of you couldn't even take the "hardship" of being locked in your own bathroom for 3 hours much less a cold cell year after year after year and that's only one harsh aspect of prison life.
No, I don't believe removing comfort in prison is a solution, it will create unwanted effects.
But content going through the cables or TV should be filtered a bit.
They should have a minimum of comfort otherwise they would go crazy over being super bored.
They also have human rights and they should as such be treated as humans : detention in a proper way without violating their rights.
Moreover, if you get them bored to death, they will continue in a life of crime. Anyhow, money should go in rehabilitating these people as Prison is not a solution. Prisons seems more like facebook, linkedin for criminals, that's the place where people go to fill up their contact books.
So better activies toward getting them to rehabilitate properly is not useless. Part of their comfort should be aimed at that.
And yes porn is useless, it should be forbidden in prisons.
Documentaries otherwise ... They should be allowed for instance.
Personally I feel these people as bad as they may be, need something. I personally rather have them playing video games and watching TV, then working out with expensive exercise equipment and getting stronger and angrier and better at crime. Think about it would you rather have 1,000 raving angry body building lunatics or 1,000 video gamers I would personally take the latter.
I know the prisoners pay for a TV & cable with their own money they save. It gives inmates something to pass time, stay out of trouble and at the same time keeps them up with things happening on the outside. I know they don't get much and the food is terrible. If they can make a call, they have to buy a phone card. If they have no one on the outside sending them $for commissary, then it makes it alot harder on them. So if cable is a luxury, it also is a reminder to them of what they are and will be missing out on for a very long time.
Squeezing out every ounce of humanity in people can cause an uproar in the jails and prisons. Not everyone who goes to lock-up is a rapist, murderer or thief. There are grey areas. People who still see in black and white terms are being judge and jury.
Let the men and women serve their man made time....God's purpose for them is incomprehensible to us.
Pray for their souls and while you are at it, pray for the souls of the men and women who judge so harshly without understanding they will never know the whole truth.
While they may have committed the most violent crime imaginable, and inmate is still a human being: We shouldn't treat them like anything other than that. If you're looking at it from a Christian standpoint, aren't you taught to turn the other cheek? Doesn't one of the ten commandments say to love thy neighbor? How about from Gandhi's view; an eye for an eye only makes the world blind. Just because someone has made a mistake doesn't mean they don't regret it. It doesn't mean that they don't wish to right the wrong they've done. It doesn't mean that we shouldn't show them understanding and compassion. That may very well be the thing that a prisoner needs.
If prisoners are not allowed to participate in rehabilitative programs in stress management, education and job training as well as receive mental stimulation through music, television, exercise and religious services fostering personal interaction with inmates, staff, and volunteers they will not have the tools that they need to be productive, law abiding, contributing members of society when they are released. The average American citizen doesn't realize how taxing it is on ones mental psyche to be locked in a cell that is smaller that most peoples laundry rooms for up to 23 hours per day. Keeping in mind that most of these prisoners will be released back into our society we should want them to come out of the "system" better individuals than when they went in. Our Corrections system is no longer punitary it's monetary. This is why the prison population grows and the budget continues to shrink.
If you give all inmate the same opportunity to work and go school they want have time for mp3 players, tv, or radio. They tell the inmates if your points are too high you can't go to school, so what he does is watch tv, if you committed a violent crime you can't work or go to school, so for 5 years in prison with nothing to do but watch tv
I believe if you make them all work and go to school they will reform and do better when they get out. If you have high points or you have high points you can't go to school or work. If you want them to stop committing crimes, let them work its alot of fields to work and gardens to grow. You may make them into a better person
I'm glad you're not my judges. You're even too harsh for God. And even His punishments have times and limits. But most who want more punishments want only revenge. Not justice. You just never have enough blood and screams, do you? A prison cell is an inmate's home. They are suffering punishments already that you have no idea of. They are the 'undiscussed', the forgotten and poor among us. I know that makes many folks a bit uncomfortable, especially the 'God-fearing'. But God said don't forget them. The average person in the 'free world' is gullible and just believes whatever they're and goes along with the mad mob and angry masses. You cannot think independently or humanely of yourselves, nor want to get off your comfy couches and look into things deeply, so as to get to the truth of a matter. YOu already have your reward in this life. But God says to care. You have plenty, and inmates have far far less than you'd care to know. They're suffering plenty inside and out. Rarely do they have a stress-free day, which is one reason they get sick and die younger. But why should any of you care? Your lives are comfortable and you can have the luxury and boast and gloat easily from where you are, all secure. But you wouldn't say such things or wish for tougher punishments if you were an inmate, would you? If treated with kindness and fairness, and taught to do right through a good day's work and caring for others, then most inmates will likely be less combative for guards to have to deal with. Don't you care about the guards either? You think their jobs are easy? Most guards don't want to be machines. Many care. Recidivism normally decreases when comforts increase, and that's a benefit to the 'free world'. This is true in any type of society anywhere. But being punished harsher, being forgotten and uncared for only would make a person 7 times angrier and more resentful, worse than when the inmate first entered prison. Do you think that would be safer for us in the 'free world' on their release? What if our society collapses, and now the government would be forced to have to shutdown many prisons? I guess some of you really do want a 'zombie apocalypse'. Well, we'd surely get one, if we continue to ignore the problems within our prison systems. Realistic scenario not far off. Put yourself in place of an inmate for a moment. How would you want to be treated? Use your heads and your hearts, if you have them. I do know a Judge for every person and institution under the sun. In the end, He'll have the last and final word. I think He left us certain Instructions. You can still fail and fall. And then will you want a few small 'luxuries' and a little kindness too.
For those of you who think prisoners get too many luxuries here, do your homework. American prisons are gaining a worse reputation for cruelty to prisoners, than most prisons throughout the world. In fact, there are more humane efforts to reform prison life and very few if at all. There are a few exceptional prisons with reforms, such as Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, that do put inmates to work, so they can learn to do good, pay back with good, and still have a useful life that contributes at least within the parameters of prison society. But for the majority of prisons in America, it's no luxurious life, as we're told to believe. Europe is making headway and believe it or not, Afghanistan has a fairer judiciary system than ours. How would you would want to be treated, or your loved ones? If you do have family members in prison you should care for them. They're kin. Many say they love God but refuse to be kind and caring enough to do His work. I remember that Jesus stated, "I was in prison and you visited me" and also "I was in prison and you didn't visit Me". You pick a side. But there's only one side we should all want to be on; God's side. God will have the last word on that. Most of you who say such things have a waaay better life than any inmate with a TV or a cell phone. You are free and they are not.
I think they should have Internet because those who are in prison for life can't or even won't ever see their families again. And I know about visits but what if their their families have no money to visit.
The friends inmates B.L.S I'm 15 years old and I understand how they feel
Depending on the crime committed, prisoners should not be denied that which helps maintain their sanity. Most of these people will be re-released into society one day....By denying them some sort of normalcy, its naive to believe they will be rehabilitated without it.. Being locked behind barbed wire, told what to do, no freedom, no intimacy, etc. That's punishment enough. Cable TV and Internet is not a luxury, its a necessity in 2013!!!!!!!!!!
First of all, it's a myth that prisoners get cable, internet, weight rooms, and any such luxury. It's also a myth that our tax dollars are paying for so very much for them. At least here in Florida. I'm an ex-correctional officer and have spent a great deal of time in various dorms of various facilities. Let me tell you about their lives. The TV's in the dayrooms: donated. If it's death row then the personal tv's are either donated or the prisoner's family can buy them one. Internet? Not even a cell phone is allowed in the facility and if they're caught with one it's an automatic 180 days in confinement plus the risk of losing visitation and phone privileges for the remainder of their sentence (no limit on the time). Weights are achieved by using body weight. Period. And this deal about 3 hot meals, please give a rest. If they want to get any nourishment from veggies and fruits then they better have cantine money and buy a V8. They get mush for their meals, nothing any normal person would want to eat. Beyond that, they all have to work for their stay either on the grounds or by going out to work once they've earned that right (work release or something of that nature).
What I've found to be very common is a poor living condition and an even poorer treatment of the inmates. Here you have people that more often than not have come from a very rough (for lack of a better word) background that are then thrown into prison, assigned a number as their identity, and then guards that have no real training other than if they can run and stand being gassed by watered down mace come in and speak to them in ways that aren't respectful even to a dog. In fact, if they are accepted into the dog training program then they're actually told the dogs are more valuable then them. They're told they will never amount to anything and they're the scum of the earth. Instead of encouraging better, we just reinforce the negative and make them hate those in positions of authority even more. In almost every facility I've worked in I've heard officers talk about how they come to work to relieve stress because these people can't say anything back. Does this sound like an environment conducive to rehabilitation??
As for a/c and heat, well we've had some extremely hot days and some extremely cold ones. Heat should be for everyone, or at least blankets and clothes that don't have holes in them. Most of the guys have 1 uniform they can wear to visitation OR they borrow from a friend for that day. A/C they can live without, but at least a fan is necessary when you have people dying from heat stroke.
Bottom line: this time should be to rehabilitate so they won't become repeat offenders. Not to beat them down even more.
My feeling is that anyone who says prisoners have luxuries must not know anyone has has been, or is, in prison. The thing to remember, as well, is that not all crimes are equal, and not all people are in the same level of security. You cannot lump someone who was found in possession of a narcotic in the same category as someone who is a serial killer. Fortunately, legislators have figured it out much better than some of the people commenting. The only luxury these men get is television, which is provided pretty much to keep everyone sane. When you torture a group of people and leave them to do nothing productive, you get riots and chaos, not potentially respectable citizens who will be released back into society. Do you want a man who has spent 5 years locked up with 3,000 other sociopaths moving in next door? No, you want someone who had the ability to better himself while inside. You also have to take into consideration that these "luxuries" are provided by loved ones, and not in place for all prisoners at all facilities at all times. TVs in prison cannot be heard without people on the outside providing money for the incarcerated to purchase headphones. The loved ones have to provide money for the food that actually fills a grown man because what the prisons provide does not. Loved ones provide the money for the incarcerated to buy stamps and envelopes for letters home. Loved ones provide money for the incarcerated to purchase tennis shoes and sweatshirts and blankets in the winter. Loved ones provide money for the incarcerated to call home. Loved ones provide money for the incarcerated to purchase everything, including college educations. The notion that these things are free needs to be stopped now...They are not free. Getting a GED while incarcerated is free, but it is hardly a luxury. I am the one providing these "luxuries" for my incarcerated loved one, so I don't take kindly to anyone saying he gets too many luxuries while he is forced to live in a facility that would be a condemned building (missing windows, no hot water, obvious loss of structural integrity, and no hot meal in 3 months) were it not a state prison. It is my choice to provide him with food, shoes, toothpaste, and headphones to hear the TV, and I would provide his internet usage if it was available. The prisoners do not get these things as luxuries. They are merely available to help aid reformation and recidivism, not to make them want to stay there.
I would say no but only because once you are in prison you have nothing to lose. The guards need privileges to keep inmates in line. I don't think they give prisoners tv, and phone visits etc for fun I think its to keep the prisons as safe as a prison can be.
These people who are locked up already have most of their rights taken away. Being told when you can and cannot do things at all times and never having any say in anything already takes a toll on them. They suffer immensely indeed. Not every inmate is a bad individual. In fact I bet a lot of them are really good people who made stupid choices, yet have to pay highly because of "mandatory minimums". They are generally cut off from all the people whom they love and care for and that already may put them in a mindset of negativity and anger. The supposed point of jail and prison is to rehabilitate people and get them used to living in their community again. If you take away literally everything from them expect their right to eat, sleep, and use the restroom then what good is that doing? None that I can see. I worry that because so many jails and prisons are already cracking down harder on the inmate, the people who go in there come out much harder and much more likely to commit crime. Truly I think a better system needs to emerge, but until then let the poor souls have cable and other things to occupy their time.
Prisons should not be used as a punishment, but used to rehabilitate those who error in their lives. A professional assessment of the inmates mental, psychological, and recidivism rate should be conducted within the first year of entering prison to know which individuals are the "truly" un-rehabilitative. Second chances to prove their remorse and improve their lives would be the true Christian thinking way.
Most prisons don't have internet. As far as cable the blocks usually have a TV and 60 or more people to sit around it. You can't grab the remote and put on whatever you want. There's no free cable in your cell. You have to buy a TV off the commissary which is about $230 for a 19" flat screen. On the outside you can get the same TV for under $90 at Big Lots. You then have to pay for your cable. Most inmates can't afford cable since they make a whopping 19 cents an hour for working in the kitchen or cutting the grass with a push mower or shoveling snow by hand.
The food is horrible. They get a hamburger maybe once a month and a hot dog maybe once a month. They don't get grade A cuts of meat. They get the lowest grade allowable by law. The food they can buy on commissary is much higher than what you pay in the grocery store.
The one luxury I don't agree with is college. Not all states have it and the average citizen can't afford it and if they get a college loan they have to pay it back. Let them get books from the library and study all they want. If my taxes are going to pay for free college I want free college too without the prison part.
While I understand that a lot of you may have never thought this one through all the way, the goal of prison is not to punish the prisoners - or rather, it's a really stupid system that does have a goal of punishing the prisoners, a system designed to make the world a worse place. For the most part, people who commit crimes are either mentally ill or lacking in empathy. Abusing them will only make them angry at the society that is abusing them, thusly leading to them being inclined to commit more crimes. The goal of prison should be to help the prisoners develop as individuals so that they are not inclined to commit more crimes - this can include things like restorative justice, which can help them see the people they are hurting as people rather than just 'marks' or 'objects' - other countries that use restoritive justice (where the criminal comes face to face with the victim and must work to make reparations to the victim for the damage caused) have far less recidivism than our semi-punative system has. I'm in favor of outfitting prisons with hardened computer terminals and video on demand systems, and studying the recidivism rates of prisoners exposed to various libraries of content. (Do disney movies make cons hurt less people? How about war movies? The Simpsons? I don't know what content would help them be better people, but I'm sure with a few dozen years of many prisons trying different content libraries we could find out). We don't want to hurt these people because they hurt other people, because all that gives us is more hurt people. We want to find ways to fix them so they won't hurt any more people - ideally so they can go out in the world and do good things, make it a better place, to make up for some of the damage they did.
When in prison, there is no such comforts, only earned privilege which can be taken away at anytime due to any discretion from person in authority. If we keep them stupid and stagnant then they remain the same no matter the punishment. I'm not saying make them master criminalist. No...Make them responsible and accountable. Rehab them to be a better productive member of society. Give and show them incentives. Yes, some will never learn no matter how much help you give them. But better to try than give up. We have to remember.... They will return to society. Sad to say, They are a part of society. Thats the world we live in.
Try living day in and day out in your bathroom that also has your bed and a complete stranger who you have no idea if he may or may not try to kill you while you sleep, and call watching TV a luxury. Being in this environment is punishment enough, not being able to see or be with loved ones, so I think having TV to pass the time is a small consolation, after all something like 90 percent of people incarcerated in Canada will be on the streets again, lets at least give them a chance out there, sitting in a cell with no form of activity or entertainment would put any normal person into a mental state of despair.
First of all, I assure if any of these people claiming that prisoners live a luxurious lifestyle were to spend some time in their shoes, they would never say such a ridiculous thing again. Anyway, if you look at statistics, a majority of people incarcerated are imprisoned for petty crimes. (marijuana, theft..) These people will inevitably leave the prison. To have these people confined to their cells all day with no relief that all human beings are wired to require, their mental health will deteriorate and therefore cause more of a deterrent effect, defying the purpose of prison in the first place. Everyone should be accountable for their own actions, there is no denying that; however, by exacerbating the situation, society will suffer in the long run. Here's an example, as a parent, it is crucial that I discipline my child in hopes of teaching him right from wrong. But the means of the punishment can either have a positive or negative outcome. Granted, I understand that prisoners are not children and should be treated like adults, my only point is to show that an inhumane punishment is more likely to guarantee their return to prison or make them even less functioning amongst society. In the long run, isn't this an even bigger waste of tax payer money? Besides, looking at statistics, a majority of prisoners have ended up there because of unimaginable upbringings, where they continue a vicious cycle of poverty, abuse, unemployment, etc. It would be more beneficial for the fortunate minded, abiding citizens to help discontinue this cycle than to outcast these people as lost cases. I must stress, I am only speaking in general terms. While I am a firm believer in the death penalty in merited cases where people show nothing but pure evil, I also believe that it's our duty to rehabilitate the ones who have potential but have lost themselves in a cycle that is out of their grip.
In SC inmates do NOT have too many comforts. Inmates in SC are being fed food that is "not for human consumption" and 6 month old expired food. They are fed 2 times a day and those meals consists of 1 cheese sandwich and an expired bowl of cereal. Inmates are usually on lock down, this means they are locked in their cells for an indefinite time. At some facilities the cells are not cleaned nor or the showers, which smell of urine. Inmates walk around in fear because they are being housed with people who are mentally disturbed and need mental health services, but SC no longer has state mental hospitals, so all are housed together. Inmates are only allowed phone calls at specified times and these are collect or prepaid by their loved ones. Inmates may purchase canteen, which includes food, hygiene products, and clothing but again their loved must put money on their account. Not only do the actual inmates suffer but their loved ones do as well.
The prison system is a legal system of slavery. Most prisons do not have televisions posted outside their cells like the picture above. And even if they did is that really too much of a privilege being that they are lock inside a cell with other individuals 24 hours a day? Really? Are we that selfish that we think watching a few hours of tv is a huge advantage to someone who is behind walls and constantly being told what do to. Inmates have no privacy not even to go to the bathroom or take a shower. If you want to judge an inmate and claim they have too many "comforts" please image yourself being in the comfort of your own home but never being allowed to leave or never being able to get food when you want it, or always having someone watch you take a shower or use the bathroom.
In SC it cost $16,000 a year to have 1 person in prison for a year, the cheapest in the nation, but instead of rehabilitating and helping these individuals people would rather they starve and not have toilet paper? Denying these men and women only add to our societies problems because 97% of ALL inmates will be released at some point so are we helping or hurting our societies needs? The current prison system is not beneficial to the inmates or to local communities or society as a whole. To deny inmates the "comforts" they have now would only increase our issues.
Most inmates are a product of their environment so before we go throwing people in jail and throwing the keys away lets remember we are all part of the problem and the solution and until we accept this we, as a society, will continue to suffer. We seem to have no problem throwing humans away but our money we get extremely upset about. Do you see a problem with that, or is it just me?
People in prison are still people, not animals. They need to not just be punished but have activities, learn skills, do work, etc. They are easy to control by the guards if they are not treated like animals. People will act like animals if you treat them that way. Prison is still prison and not someplace desirable, no matter what comforts they have. Also, they need to be rewarded for certain behaviors. Prison should be humane. I don't know that they need internet but they do need computer training.
If you were stuck in prison, how would you like to be treated the way <---- these people want want them treated. The freedom of being able to go anywhere is what should be taken away. Not everyone is in there for the same crime either.
74% of people are lying to themselves about how good a person they are.
Not every prison has all these things, they still have to worry about things day to day, assaults, rapes, threats so not everyone will enjoy it. Think about if one of your loved ones was in there would you still think the same, remember not all the tv shows are true they do it for viewers. Think before you speak.
I have a loved one in there and i have to disagree! I have to send him money every week because the hot food is so nasty he can't eat it. The prisons are so nasty he got a staph infection. They have tv he doesn't watch it but they don't have a/c. A lot of people giving their opinions on here are just going by what they have heard of prison on tv! The hot showers you really wished you didn't even have to get one for fear of being raped! If any of you think it's easier or they have got it better than you then i suggest you go there. They are serving their time for crimes they committed but they are not living it up in there by no means! Prison is hard!