October 21, 2005

Delay booked for corruption charges

Smile now, bug man, pretty soon you'll be the girlfriend of the guy with the most cigarettes.


At 10/21/2005 3:44 PM, Blogger Iowa Libertarian said...

I don't really have anything I want to say about DeLay (although good riddance does come to mind), but the comment about "girlfriend" brings up something that's bothered me for awhile.

We sometimes treat the mistreatment of prisoners by other prisoners as if it's a good thing. In my mind, you take away all that nice stuff like cable TV and air conditioning but you make damn sure they behave themselves in there. If we're ever letting these guys out again, you'd think we'd want to have broken them of their violent habits. This kind of sniggering acceptance that Dope alludes to is counterproductive to the over-all good of society.

At 10/21/2005 4:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Iowa Lib, Yes, I agree with your basic point. But my urge to go for humor outweighed my political correctness in this instance.

Personally, I feel that conditions in jails and prisons should be greately improved. I have no objection to cable TV, recreation opportunities, or anything else that "normalizes" the grim life in jail.
Efforts to make prison and jail even more barbaric and inhuman have exactly the opposite effect that those who propose them want. It serves no purpose to drive prisoners half out of their minds while in prison, depriving inmates of even basic diversions and thereby ensureing a rise in violence and desperation.

Just because some conservative feels better thinking these defenseless inmates are suffering more is a stupid reason for taking away what very little prisoners have available to them with which to endure and survive their incarceration.

Anyone who thinks being locked up in jail with a bunch of animals, eating horrid food, having zero privacy, exposed to all kinds of disease and the constant threat of extreme violence, constant noise and lights on at all times, rarely getting to see anyone from the outside, and having your every move controled just isn't quite harsh enough is a sadist.

The fact remains that our prison population has been exploding over the last few decades and rampant prison construction can barely keep pace. And too often, sending people through this system amounts to giving them an advanced degree in how to be a violent criminal.
And with the urge to treat them even more inhumanely, it ensures that they are almost hopelessly unable to reenter society when they are cast out.

But I'll make an exception in Delay's case. As one who would likely allow torture in prison if he could get away with it, Delay deserves a taste of the effects of his own philosophy.


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