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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Whatever happened to the old axiom Dont do the crime if you cant do the time The reality of course is that it seems to be getting more and more difficult to put criminals behind bars This leads directly to a growing disregard and disrespect for the law This should hardly be a surprise Why think twice about committing a crime if you have little reason to fear the consequences Todays prisoner seems to have little to fear Many find themselves better off behind bars than they were on the street Modern prisons seem more like country clubs than the classic notion of prisons The average yearly cost of incarcerating a prisoner is greater than the average annual income of a sizable number of American families While those law-abiding families struggle to get by many prisoners are getting three square meals a day free workout and recreational facilities and dont have to work A phalanx of liberal attorneys are available to defend the prisoners rights while the victims of that same prisoners crimes get tossed aside and forgotten Inmates sentenced to death often spend a decade or more in jail while the appeals process drags on and on and on Theres more than a little wrong here First and foremost is the notion that a prisoner has any rights that could be violated Rights are the benefits afforded to law-abiding citizens They are not reasons to avoid paying for ones crimes As far as Im concerned if someone is convicted of a crime and sent to jail they have no rights for the period of their sentence Prisoners are supposedly repaying their debt to society How can they be doing that if they contribute nothing to that same society while in prison They need to be put to work Theres an endless number of jobs that they could be doing to benefit society at large
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