On Fresno`s County`s proposed “tent city” jail plan
To deem a person such a threat to society for the substances that person CHOOSES to consume and to lock that person up, behind walls, behind bars, behind chain link fence, knowing all the while that there will come a day in the near future that the gates will swing open and that person is no longer considered a threat to society with not one single minute of that time spent on correction is absurd. Then to assert that somehow, by releasing this person a day, a week, a month, or a year early is considered a danger to society clearly illustrates just how ignorant the person making this claim is. It is nothing more than right wing fear mongering in order to build more prisons, pay more overtime and take money away from the ONE thing that can actually deter the amount of people entering into prison, EDUCATION. Prohibition didn`t work in the early 20th century and it`s not working in the 21st either.
The dumbing down of America is in full swing and if you do not see it then you are in the control group that is headed back to the Stone Age. So better brush up on how to make  fire with two sticks cause it might get cold. These words I speak come not from someone who sits on the sidelines regurgitating Fox News talking points but from someone who had the gates swing open on him. On that day I stopped for a minute before I stepped into freedom and thought “wow, yesterday while I ate my breakfast I had guns pointed at me, yesterday while I exercised I had guns pointed at me yet today, knowing that I still think the same way I thought yesterday, all of the sudden I am again qualified to interact with society”
With the stroke of a pen, billions of dollars could be freed up to educate our people and start to build a society of intelligent citizens. When the requirement to be a prison guard is nothing more than a clean record and a pulse and the requirement to be a teacher is years and years of higher education you would think that the teacher would make more money. Yea, not the case. A two to one disparity at the least.
THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA, which side are you on.

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Comment by Jared on November 16, 2011 at 6:48pm

Okay I agree with the primary point you have about prohibition, it just doesn't work. I don't believe that drug users should be clogging up the prison system let alone prostitutes unless its because of violence, theft, or putting others in danger via DUI for example. Both things are a waste of tax payer money that could be better spent keeping violent criminals locked up instead of released early because of space being taken up by non-violent offenders or other things entirely. If the prison system did have a overflow of what I consider to be legit criminals for a time being I don't see the issue with using tents as a stop gap for a while as long as they aren't being abused or not being provided enough water or relief from the elements. As for prisons I am totally against private prisons for various reason such as the higher cost to tax payers, public and employee safety concerns, economic damage from employees being paid less then state employees and corrupution to increase the number of inmates via new laws that call for un-needed prison terms for non-violent crime. Putting corrections into private industry hands is just asking for trouble. However I think it's very unfair to say that guards shouldn't be paid well its a job where the guards are in harms way in understaffed prisons. I know a few people who work in that field that have been assualted etc because they were watching entire pods by themselves. Could they be trained better? Yes in many cases the guards should get better training for their own safety, inmate safety and public safety reasons.  

Comment by TDM on November 25, 2011 at 11:37am

thats where the public is misinformed, violent criminals are never ever considered for early release. The early releasees are people who do not belong in prison in the first place. as for higher pay, have you ever been to a super max ? gaurds sit in a control booth and have limited contact with the inmates and you suggest we pay them more money while teachers are the tool we use to better our society and you claim they do not do anything. i feel sorry for you and all the others who endured a crappy education because all the funds that should of gone in to creating a nice learning enviroment for you went to some prison gaurds overtime to babysit a drug offender..plus if you change the way people think,act and interact with each other when they are young you increase the probibility of them NOT going to prison..paying gaurds more money is like closing the barn door after the horse has already gotten out..

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