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Monday Moaning: Prison Rocks
Sure enough the first thought would be, are you nuts. But here 16 inmates have started a process to stay in a prison. They are long timers, if one could call 10 years or longer just, that. But what is so rocking about prison, what is so good about it they want to stay there in this specific jail?
Before I answer this we have to look back at what history did with convicts. It is only to show how times have changed our way of thinking and how morals and believes have changed. In history stories of torture were normal, a 6 by 6 foot cell for two people. And this is already humane in many cases, even today.
It has been morals and believes that made our justice system. Those who lack any of our standards would b subjected to a punishment. This has changed over the years as prisoners have opted they are human being like you and me. So they should be treated as such. It is a debate that has many answers and maybe none of them s a right one.
But what punishment does a man deserve for robbing another human being from their life and in the process ruining the lives of many others, Friends and family not to mention your own family if there was any contact. It would be unjust to think they would have the same rights as us who live free and work hard to have even a little extra or a little more privileges.
In ancient times prisoners were thrown in front of some lions or have to fight each other to entertain. Other than that they had very few privileges unless they worked hard. We are taking western prisons. If I would speak about for example a Moroccan one would not be so happy, Brazil or Peru is just as bad, But prisoners in old days have fought for more humane accommodations.
With these words said, we might think of prison being a concrete cell of approx. 6 by 8 with metal toilet and sink. And no need to share. That is a modern prison cell these days. No sharing while the room size didn’t change. But it gets better and this is why it rocks. committing a murder and being sentenced for 10 years or longer.
As normal inmates get the boring concrete those murderers maybe get the same size cell, they have benefits. What we could consider privileges now are pretty much a right thanks to our humane thinking and change of a word. Here is what those prisoners are getting and do not want to give up. Skype: Yes they can skype and talk to relatives that way.
Cook: No prison food for them and to tp it f they can grow their own veggies as well.
TV: we are talking 55 channels of entertainment and what not.
Grafts: they can do crafts have a beautiful view to paint. Beautiful as in an open landscape of green and trees and cows.
Now I might be inhumane to think they do not deserve that. But the argument is that we are human beings and have made a rule we al deserve a decent living.
Since when does a murderer deserve a decent live after robbing one and ruining even more. If one is sentenced for 9 years or less, That means empty a register or steal a car would als look like heaven, but one is mistaken there. they can sit in a 6 by 8 concrete cell with view of another concrete wall. Television is a so called privilege and has to be earned. As goes for Internet let alone skype conversations.
It is clear that committing an heavier crime gets you more benefits and more freedom. It does pay to kill and blow up people. In a sense as some of the privileges have become a right.
Has our Moral compass been misdirected altered. That we as a western culture treat our prisoners better than those who work there ass of to even have TV. Some f us have to turn every dime around twice before they can spend it. And here they can smile and have a good life.
I am one who is pretty much saying if one has taken a life one gives up the right of having one. In a way as mentioned above. A concrete cell is more than sufficient, they need to learn to work for privileges. Not be given to them as some kind of humane right.
I think we have to rethink some of our laws and change the justice system to accommodate change and come up with what should and is Humane.
To e we are making some fundamental flaws by simple having different guidelines for short o long term convicts.