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The Prisoner Problem

02 May 2012, 21:56

The Prisoner Problem

I don’t get it, this current regime we’re living under with so many of their nonsensical ideas.  Who comes up with these brain-farts anyway?

So another Freedom Day arrives, and another round of pitiful prisoner presidential pardons. 

There are just a few things that irk me about this:

-          What about the rights of law-abiding South Africans to be free from crime, free from these same criminals who are in jail in the first place for their crimes?

-          Although these pardons are for lesser offenders, it’s common knowledge that even petty criminals emerge from South African prisons a fair bit more ‘hardened’.  They learn and master their devious trades whilst incarcerated.  So they may have been no-name-brands going in, but they’re certainly more dangerous now, on their way out.

-          We release prisoners because of ‘overcrowding’.  Seriously?  This is the one that annoys me the most.  Let me explain.

South Africa has a major unemployment crisis - we just don’t have enough jobs to go around (to state the obvi-a-a-a-s – “lunch bar”).  Call me crazy, but I see a massive employment opportunity for government here.

It goes like this:  Criminals are the product; the bi-product is crime (highly debatable I know, but bear with me for a second).  So we have an abundance of the "product", but nowhere to store “it” - or at least not enough “storage space”. 

So here’s a novel idea: 

How about we employee a few thousand construction workers to ... wait for it ... BUILD MORE PRISONS !!!  

We’ll be creating capacity for our criminal storage problem, as well as employing labourers to build these facilities – not to mention permanent employment for hundreds if not thousands of prison officials to run the facilities. 

Why should criminals be let loose to repeat their crimes?  Where is the freedom for the rest of South Africa ???

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