Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Inhumanity to Man

For an interesting report on conditions inside California's overcrowded prison system, see here.

People often complain about an overabundance of rights and amenities -- cable television, law libraries, weight lifting rooms, etc. -- enjoyed by inmates, and in some instances those complaints are justified. However, the public is not served, and justice is not done, by a prison system that treats people inhumanely. Reasonable people across the political spectrum ought to be able to find ways to address these issues in practical ways that avoid ideological solutions that pretend that prison populations are either mistreated angels or unworthy of basic humanitarian concern.

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