Resort prison–good idea? Why choose?
I suspect most Americans, at least those who aren’t Volvo driving NPR listeners that haven’t been a crime victim, rebel against the idea of a resort prison like the video above shows.
And I do think it a bit far to include a chainsaw ax murderer in “the fun” - and even to give him a chainsaw.
But I know that prison, in the US, really is a school for criminals. They forge their criminality for years, and set it, usually for life.
My main concerns about prisons in the US are ( in no particular order):
- too many of them
- prison guard expense and pensions
- criminal havens
- inmates commit crimes when released
I’ve been a victim of crime in recent years, my truck, trailer and ATVs were stolen. They perpetrators were never caught. Nor were any attempts to catch them made. It seems likely that they were caught on some other offense and imprisoned a short while and released to break the law again.
So what would I do to reduce crime?
I assume that an “enlightened” approach as in the video wouldn’t work here generally. We have too many different kinds of people in this country, and too hardened a criminal base. We have freedoms to abuse, and I’d make the abuse of them very expensive.
The first thing is to reduce the number of laws. Particularly drug laws. It should not be a crime to harm yourself, which is what drug users do. I know there are societal effects from drug use, but it seems clear we suffer from those now AND from a police state built around trying to enforce drug laws few seem to obey.
Next, I would punish property crimes very severely. Car theft, home burglary, what we might now call “petty” crime, but which imposes a heavy burden on us with locks, alarm systems and other “taxes”. I’d punish these about like murder now. Lock you up, see you. The prisons for non-violent offenders might be like the one in the video, or similar. It might be an island. Or a Joe Arpaio style stockade. They could earn their way out of it by showing responsibility and learning a skill in a few years.
If they fail, they go to lockup for a LONG time. Model it like many religions use earth. Live, be tested, pay for eternity.
Finally, I would kill a lot of people. For instance, aggravated rape and sexual assaults, murderer, molestation, and similar crimes would receive death. Quickly.
Could or would this be abused? Of course, so we would need a control super-majority control over what kind of crime could receive death. For instance, I know many NPR listeners would make sting video reporting punishable by death. As a useful guideline, I’d suggest if it wasn’t illegal 100 years ago, it isn’t a good candidate.
My hope is to reduce the number of prisons, and the number of prison guards, but mostly the number of worthless citizens that prey on us.
What we are doing now doesn’t work and costs a lot. It’s time to re-consider our ENTIRE approach to law and order in this country.