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Overcrowding in Prisons

Court’s patience on prisons is limited

August 15, 2013

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Aug-15-13 7:24 AM

Legalize marijuana specifically and drugs in general, stop wasting money housing prisoners and fighting a lost slogan war and not only do we solve our prison overcrowding problem, we save hundreds of millions of $ as well. And if we tax legal sales, we can solve our debt problem as well.

It really is that simple.

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Aug-15-13 8:35 AM

My MY. We could cut and paste all of thee editorials that you have written over the past ten years regarding over crowding in WV prisons, just change the dates, and it would be the same ol' same ol'.

Once again, ship 3,000-4,000 out of state to a secure facility (empty beds in other states) and simply pay them a per deim. A whole lot cheaper and no more overcrowding.

But, nooooo, WV politicians don't have the spine to do that. Don't want to buck the correctional officers union!

Write about something else. No one in Charleston is going to fix this until a court forces them to put 3,000 felons back on the street.

Don't ship them out. Makes wayyyyyy too much sense!!

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Aug-15-13 10:10 AM

Well said AaronS. Not all those that are in jail are dangerous to society. Many of our incarcerated citizens are in jail for nonviolent crimes (especially drug related). It would be more productive to use the money that it costs to keep them in jail towards drug education and rehabilitation.

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Aug-16-13 10:16 AM

Do mandatory minimum sentences work? Should judges have more leeway in sentencing? Can judges use their knowledge, wisdom and common sense to decide what is best for both society and the person being judged? Is prison time enough of a deterrent to crime? Prison time should be a punishment for those who commit crime. I am amazed to watch cell searches on TV showing all of the stuff a prisoner has in their cells. Prisoners should only have a blanket, towel and tp in their cells. Let them have one book if they are well behaved. They don't need a tv and a radio and food in their cells. They should not be able to use a phone or write letters. Their only form of communication should be email which can be easily monitored by prison staff. If a person belongs in prison, and needs to be in prison, they should be in prison, no matter what it costs. The price to house a prisoner is less that the price that society has to pay for the crimes being committed by some prisoners.

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Aug-18-13 11:01 AM

whizzer57, Richard Viguerie said yesterday on C-SPAN's Washington Journal that the most important factor in whether prisoners who are released go straight or return to prison, is whether they have an intact family structure to get out to. & that serving time far from home damages family structure, b/c many families can't afford travel & motel nights.

So the long-term costs of shipping prisoners out of State outweigh the initial savings.

I already suspected something like that. That's why I can't agree w/ exporting prisoners, except as an emergency & most temporary measure.

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