Make prison undesirable

March 5, 2014 

If you lived on the street or had no money, you would turn to crime. Why? Simple. A small felony if caught would send you to a minimum security prison. There you would get three meals a day, a workout gym, play handball, sit around and play cards, walk around with friends or listen to your radio. Yes, you may have to go to school. After all, you get to shower, shave and sleep in a clean bed and an air- conditioned or heated room. The only thing you lost was privacy. Now I ask you, does crime pay?

Now if you went to a prison where you spent all your time working at hard labor, chained to a person you didn't like, had to cook your own food, wash you own bedding, no time for fun, I think you might not want to commit a crime. Am I wrong? I don't think so.

I cannot believe a slap on the hand is the answer to overcrowding. As a Marine I worked in the brig and saw the inside of a real prison. Open your eyes and see the answer.

Tom Hurlburt

O'Fallon

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