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Heywood J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-13-06 12:34 PM
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208. Part of the problem
is that you have to understand that people can have many different reasons for supporting or opposing these things. This whole thread is an exercise in people refusing to believe that others can hold a differing belief for valid reasons, and it's really sad to watch the level of discourse here degenerate to what's being seen.

If you want to mock how someone gets to an idea (e.g. some of the breathtaking "you're with us or you're with the pedophiles" bullshit here), that's fine. But to argue that there's no way someone could be reasonable and still support the idea of punishment or of isolation, that's oversimplification much the same.

In the meantime, I can see how you could hold the views you do, that such prisons are a crime, and I think you're perfectly welcome to it.

My ten cents?
Do I want to see something like this built to take society's worst? Yes.
Is solitary confinement deserved for some inmates? Yes.
Would I run it the exact same way it (or the US prison system in general) is run now? No.
Is incarceration supposed to be punishment and to keep these people away from the society they harmed? Yes.
Should we help inmates learn a trade, anger management, obtain a GED, etc? Yes.
Is it okay for guards to abuse inmates? No.
Do I believe in capital punishment? Yes, but only for select categories of offenders.
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