REPLY #4 TO
"CRIME AND PUNISHMENT"
are parts of the original essay (or a subsequent reply) to which the respondent has directed his comments.
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My replies appear under the respondent's comments in blue text
and are prefaced by my initials (MB)
(R) your issues concerning prisons in this country seem to be very
humanitarian, yet they lack significant evidence.
(MB) I wish you had been more specific about which of my opinions you are taking
exception to. In any case, my opinions are based upon published facts on the
prison system that are available to everybody. For example, there's the Florida
study that show recidivism rates falling by over 50% and national statistics
showing a decrease in violent crimes -- both correllating with a toughening of
sentencing and incarceration standards. If you wish to dispute something
in particular, please bring it up so we can discuss it.
(R) It seems that naivity overcomes reason in your passionate argument versus
the way our prisons are ran.
(MB) Does it? I don't stand alone in my criticisms of the system and few people
could believe that all is well in our prisons.
(R) Every person that I have spoken to, who has gone to prison, has never
wanted to go back. Rape and murder, drugs and humility--all of these things
are NOT the make up of a country club.
(MB) How many hardened career criminal types do you know? I can't imagine that
many people would *want* to go back to prison, but that wasn't my point. I said
that the system itself treats many prisoners better than what their lives were
like on the outside without demanding useful work or other societal benefit from
the prisoner in return. In addition, aren't the awful things you mentioned also
present on the outside for most of those who, euphemistically speaking, live on
the wrong side of the tracks?