I see what you mean by the intmates that don't work Cypress & I'll get to that in a moment. Thanks for the clarification &, my fault on the freedom/ rights missunderstanding. You're right, inmates do have some rights, however limited they may be. But you must believe me when I say to you that, despite other posters here in MT's forums, I am not trying to demonize you or your argument.
I'm just giving my opinion on how I feel about & see the issue just like you or anyone else.
First, let me say this. All convicts (at least in the states) have a job...some kind of job to do. This is integral to their rehabilitation. No one prisoner can say to his or her Warden "That's okay boss, Ima just stay in my cell,". I mean, after 30 days...which is just enough time to get their paperwork processed & them fully 'intergrated' into general population, these people, all of them, are working. For a little as 10cents/hour. So they are working. All of them & not just for commodities either.
Hey man, I can not argue with you there. But what I mean is those profits are going into pockets where they don't belong. Prisonis a big buisness & the product being sold is cheap...CHEAP friggin' labor. As long as this continues in the federal, state & private institutions & our government allows it to continue. The prisons themselves will continue to be a drain on the taxpayers' dollar. But that isn't the prisoner's fault. Correct me if I'm wrong here but I thought that was what you were trying to say is that you blame the prisoners for not working to take care of themselves right?What I mean is that the profits from the labor of inmates should be pumped back into the prison's maintenance costs.
That's exactly what should be done dude. Again, no arguement there. I think the blame should be directed at a higher authority than a corrupt prison system, however.I'm not contesting that. But I am saying they are no more slaves than I am if they're made to earn their commodities. Because that's exactly what I do. Getting what you earn //should be the standard//. My wage-slaving is not giving me what I earn and the labor of inmates is not giving them what they earn. So let's stop enslaving our taxpayers AND our inmates.
And...since we still possess the liberty to at least go out & find better jobs for ourselves...no matter how difficult a task this may be...& prisoners don't have that same liberty...they suffer from an even worse form of slavery than we do.
I agree with this Clock, that's what rehabilitation works in my book. The problem is just as Cypress is stating the powers that be are not allowing this tohappen because they'd rather profit from a prisoner's incarceration. All of us suffer when greed is involved.If they are going to work, then we need to give them back something more than "better maintenance", we need to give them a chance of trust to believe they can be back to society and don't come back to jail.