Message 2 - posted by Norant, Jan 27, 2006
prisons do work,but only for the few?
the prison enviroment these days is a very boring insular place where you are put as a punishment,the prison ethos is that yoor punishment is being there you are not there to be punished which is totally wrong.
prisoners are afforded to much in the way of luxury these days,playstations,televisions,and the all inspiring ability to be able to mix with there peers and compare there crimes,
there are a majority of prisoners who end up in there through relitivley minor crimes and that will be there last ever experience of prison,and there is the other end of the spectrum where you have the repeat offenders in there who will always end up in them institutions because its the way that they live.they view prison as a minor hiccupp in thier oh so filled lives and they are getting out even earlier these days because of tagging.
some prisons have a good programme of education and skills that you can learn whilst you are there,and if you tried you really could come out a better person,but this hardcore of persistent criminals only use this valuable resource so that there time in there is less boring it gets them out of there cells and into a classroom where they can chat with there mates.
drugs are absolute rife in prison and so is the home made grog,the prison officers do a very good job and are kind and considerate and will try there very best to help you if you need that help,but a lot of the prisoners they see,they have seen on more than one occasion during there service as a prison officer.
prisoners are given a lot of freedom in prison,if you put a prisoner in a cell with a book and a radio and keep him locked up for the majority of his time he would think twice before committing another offence,let them do what they wish and give them the playstations and tvs and videos in there cell,then they see it as a minor hiccup,and a little break before they hit the streets again and probably the first granny they see?
the all knowing norant is off again,well i do speak from experience because i was inprisoned in 1995 for quite a while,i never had a playstation or television or video recorder in my cell,i ahd a radio a book and i was in my cell nearly all the time apart from excercise.i never hit a granny and i have never stole in my life,and i have never ever been back to prison or committed another offence.
i met a lot of decent people in prison that includes people doing life sentences,and altough i have never seen any of them ever again whilst i was there they were good friends,just goes to show that a small mistake can lead to a life changing experience.
just my veiw.