At 11/9/07 01:40 PM, Objection wrote:
When someone is sentenced to imprisonment for however long, they should be given a key and a little locked box with a deadly pill inside it. That way, if they can't handle prison life or what they're in for when they get out, they have the option of suicide.
Of course, this could also be used as a murder weapon, but if someone is found to have used the pill for murder, they get the death penalty anyway (which means even less overcrowding).
Prisons were created in the first place as an attempt at reforming people. It did not work. So now they are used to keep the nasty people away from the public. But nasty people in jail with other nasty people only get worse, not better.
I personally think we could use them in more productive means.
For example, if we went to war with Ira, we could pardon them if they were willing to consider going to colonize Iran. Thats if we went to war with Iran. Deport our worse, have them live their and then let them clean up the neighborhood.
Its good idea for in history, every time a new country is discovered and colonized, the natives got wiped out or became the minority and we can do this on the pretense that we are doing out of mercy for the prisoners.