I love my country, I really and truly do, but as things currently stand I hang my head in shame.
I read articles every day about rape, murder, corruption and the general rubbish that is happening here and it saddens me.Why is it that someone who rapes a child, who later dies, is let off on bail of R1000? Why when a person murders another they are let off on bail?And the worst of it all, when these scumbags do stand trial (If it gets that far) they are let off! Where is the justice?Yes our jails are full, which honestly I don't think is a good enough excuse!
As a tax paying citizen I don't want to pay for prisoners to get their three meals a day and medical care. Make them work for it!Open a new prison as a pilot project and implement the following:1. a vegetable garden is to be tended by prisoners, if they refuse cut their meals to two meager meals a day of the bare necessities.2. A workshop that is monitored by guards. Make them learn a skill, woodwork or something similar. Bed frames, tables and chairs to be made for each cell. If they won't do it, they can sleep on the floor, eat off their laps while sitting on the floor. Extra furniture produced can be sold at a low price to make some kind of money to pay for the prisoners medical expenses.3. Parole can only be granted, for the criminals with lesser crimes, if they can prove they have made a positive impact inside. I.E. Time sheets showing time spent working in the garden or workshop with visible proof that they have done something.4. Prisoners granted parole are to be monitored closely b a task force created just for this purpose (Job creation for those who cant get one.)5. Murderers, Rapists and the like are imprisoned with no chance of parole. Once in, they can only come out in a coffin, one built in the workshop. Bodies then transported to the family for burial, if the family don't want them, a burial is done by the prison. Graves to be dug by prisoners.6. Guards to be subjected to routine polygraph examinations to prove that they are not smuggling drugs, cigarettes or any contraband to inmates in return from money from external influences.7. Rooms to be searched daily, as well as inmates, for weapons that could be made or smuggled in.
While this may be a difficult concept to set up, I think it could be one that does work.The costs of building a prison is extremely high, I will admit that, but if they are managed properly they can become rather self sufficient. They will never be completely self sufficient, but I will feel better knowing that my tax money isn't keeping a piece of trash alive.
Thoughts on this?
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