catnipcharge said: I noticed that in the post in which you discussed Larvene Cox (something about her supporting someone bad?), and from what I gathered (I'm aware I could be wrong), you were insinuating you don't believe in the prison system. I was just wondering if you could elaborate on that. Whether you think the whole prison system is flawed or just a small part of it. And what other type of institution would you put in place for criminals?
I’m not going to get into the details of why the prison system is bad. The industrial prison complex, slave wages, the racial disparity, the return rate of all people in prisons, etc. These are things anyone reading this can look up themselves without me having to long post about it here.
What I’m going to answer in regards to this question is what I interpret to be the best form of the prison argument: One of reform, humane imprisonment, and actual reconciliation with the idea that people can change for the better.
And in that case, yes. Prisons are a rational argument. But I’ve read a few studies that say that prison as a punishment is not a very good deterrence at all from committing major crimes. Knowing this, however, doesn’t at all solve the problem, because ultimately there’s still the issue of what to do with criminals who refuse to change.
My own idea is probably known as something like “The Australia solution”. From what I know of british history, the first colonial settlers of Australia were actually criminals from Britain that they had cast out to go somewhere else to die. Now, our world has no edges, so there isn’t anywhere that people don’t live anymore other than the cold expanse of space. But in a dream scenario, where society as a whole is restructured and the entire world is in on it, civilization could remake itself in a fashion that would allow most people to be in the “normal world” and any criminals that refuse to change their ways simply live somewhere else. To make their own world.