Should prisoners (convicted felons sitting in jail) have the same rights as the average Joe on the street? My vote is NO!!
Prisoners has the "right" to be treated humanely, but there is a limit to what they should receive in my opinion. Let's classify the different types of prisoners (examples only):
* White collar - fraud, embezzlement and similar etc.
* Non-violent - DUI, speeding, crimes where no violence took place etc.
* Violent crimes - murder, rape, sexual assault, culpable homicide, peadophelia, etc.
Should the three categories I mentioned above have the same "rights". Definitely NO!!
Let me give you an example what I mean, and you, the News24 reader can give your comments.
Some years ago I was working in Mali and Guinea in West Africa. A prison sentence there was virtually a death sentence. The Prison did nothing for prisoner's well being. Family or friends had to make sure that prisoners got food, medical attention, etc. Prison officials would take most of it for themselves, or heavy bribes ensured that prisoners did not get hassled. Prison deaths occurred daily, with nearly zero consequence. Torture was/is an accepted form of "punishment". Hence, crimes in these countries are relatively low compared to, for example, South Africa.
Now I don't propose that we in SA start treating prisoners inhumanely, but I do propose that, depending of the "category" of the crime committed, prisoners receive minimum comforts, less so for the violent crimes, they should be worked hard like in chain gangs (klippe kap...) and have to EARN any luxuries. No TV, minimum family visits, basic meals, no smoking, and severe punishment if someone steps out of line. No right to vote!
Remember, these are prisoners, found guilty of crimes, people who deliberately broke the LAW.
And please note:This goes for ALL RACES!!!
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