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Sheriff Wants to Reinstate Chain Gangs
WSPA.com ^ | Mar 12, 2013 6:32 PM EDT | Graeme Moore

Posted on 03/12/2013 4:44:21 PM PDT by Resettozero

Chain gangs - long a thing of the past in the Palmetto State - could make a resurgence in South Carolina if Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright gets his way.

Wright, an often vocal critic of the justice system, said Tuesday he's working with a state lawmaker to get a bill drafted that would reinstate the chain gang.

"I envision them not sitting around in the jails and getting fat on our dollar," Wright said Tuesday. "I envision them working six days a week, 12 hours a day and not being sentenced to 15 years at the taxpayers' expense."

Wright said he's working with S.C. Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Spartanburg) to research how much a statewide chain gang could save the taxpayers.

"If you really want to get the public's attention, tell them how much they'll save," Wright said.

The sheriff, who made national headlines after urging lawful women to carry concealed weapons, said chain gangs would do manual labor such as cutting highway grass, something the state spends millions on every year.

It'll pass through the legislature so long as "the tree huggers don't get in the way," Wright said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wspa.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: South Carolina
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Since there are still work crews, I suppose he means to have them all attached again -- for visual effect?
1 posted on 03/12/2013 4:44:21 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

sounds good to me

ALL prisoners should be doing this. Are all our roads and ditches already clean?


2 posted on 03/12/2013 4:46:49 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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And here comes the bandwagon screaming “Racist, Slave Labor”!


3 posted on 03/12/2013 4:50:40 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Resettozero

"You're gonna get your mind right."

4 posted on 03/12/2013 4:51:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Resettozero
I can hear Chrissie Hynde (from the Pretenders) now.
5 posted on 03/12/2013 4:58:37 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: Resettozero

A chain gang requires fewer guards. It’s more of a practical thing to do really. Especially when the economy is hurting and the state needs the labor. Since the state is housing, feeding, doctoring, and lawyering these criminals then they may as well do some work to ‘give back to the community’.

Perhaps they could even make it voluntary and give the inmates one day credit on their sentences for every day worked.


6 posted on 03/12/2013 4:58:49 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: Resettozero

pink jump suits help... go for it


7 posted on 03/12/2013 5:01:36 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: MeganC

Inmates jump at the chance to get on a crew just to get out of the cage once in a while.


8 posted on 03/12/2013 5:02:21 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: MeganC

Well in large numbers it would certainly drive wages down a bit more in areas that have prisons.


9 posted on 03/12/2013 5:02:45 PM PDT by rudabaga
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To: MeganC

a push broom and hand truck with a garbage can would be handy and a lot cheaper than a street sweeping machine.


10 posted on 03/12/2013 5:03:01 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: FreedomOfExpression

From my teens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XHYKWLGTg


11 posted on 03/12/2013 5:04:25 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: dsrtsage
Can't find the source, but there was a Sheriff who re-instituted chain gangs...
He would only let them out to work if the 'make-up' was a minimum of two whites for every three blacks.
If the numbers didnt add up, he kept them inside.
In a word, he was covering his arse 'politically'
12 posted on 03/12/2013 5:06:05 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: FreedomOfExpression

Funny, I immediately thought of Sam Cooke! :-)


13 posted on 03/12/2013 5:06:14 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Resettozero

We have work crews here in Idaho but it’s for alternative sentencing not for people convicted of major crimes.


14 posted on 03/12/2013 5:06:31 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: rudabaga

“Well in large numbers it would certainly drive wages down a bit more in areas that have prisons.”

Not if they’re doing the kind of work that no one else was doing anyway.


15 posted on 03/12/2013 5:11:26 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: dfwgator
Hopefully they will get all the hard boiled eggs they can eat.
A man needs lots of protein for that kind of work!
16 posted on 03/12/2013 5:11:48 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: 45semi

Joe Arpaio uses chain gangs in Maricopa County, AZ. They are strictly for trustees, not really as punishment.


17 posted on 03/12/2013 5:14:24 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: TigersEye

Lucille!


18 posted on 03/12/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Resettozero

We live about a 1/4 mile from a maximum security prison here in a village in Ontario, Canada. Up until about 10 years ago (when the prison closed) the prisoners were allowed out on supervised gangs doing all sorts of good things here. Seniors had their driveways shoveled when it snowed, the roads and sidewalks were kept spotless, and they helped with Spring cleanups, etc. The usual gang of do-gooders in the provincial government decided their rights were being violated, and stopped it. According to the local guards, the prisoners were mad when it ended. They went out of their way to be on “good behavior” to earn points to get on the work gangs. Another example of the government saving us from ourselves, this time it was convicts.


19 posted on 03/12/2013 5:24:33 PM PDT by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: Resettozero

In many countries, particularly in South America, many large civil earthworks, including sea walls, bridge abutments, public buildings etc were constructed with convict labor. Fine in my book. Beats the weight room and tv.


20 posted on 03/12/2013 5:25:28 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: MeganC

What like breaking rocks? They should be building something we need, like roads and bridges.


21 posted on 03/12/2013 5:26:43 PM PDT by rudabaga
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To: dfwgator

Eye candy is also very nutritious for those hot summer jobs on the road!


22 posted on 03/12/2013 5:27:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: dfwgator

I just hope there isn’t a “failure to communicate”.


23 posted on 03/12/2013 5:28:23 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Resettozero

The proper way to do this is to use Joe Arpaio type tent city jails in rural areas, and have the convicts do reclamation and forestry projects.

Tent city jails are very cheap compared to “brick jails”, and by international law, “military field conditions” are *not* a violation of human rights.

The forestry projects they would be conducting would be designed to be optimized hardwood forests, not just pine, with plant diversity in mind to limit the spread of diseases and insects. That is, spacing apart particular species of trees to protect them instead of clustering them together. It would also need water flow, erosion control, and depression capture plans for “Xeriscaping”; that is, designing the terrain and forest to capture enough water to support itself.

I suppose even the convicts should be able to take some pride in having created a beautiful, natural place for animals and people to enjoy.


24 posted on 03/12/2013 5:29:57 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Resettozero

Call Sheriff Arapio of Maricopa County AZ to see how he re-instated it in Maricopa County.


25 posted on 03/12/2013 5:36:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: rudabaga

“What like breaking rocks? They should be building something we need, like roads and bridges.”

Building things we need requires skills. Not the sort of thing you want chain gang /day laborers doing.

They would be great for pulling kudzu, picking up trash along the roads, pulling old washing machines out of ravines & creek beds.

No one but volunteer civic groups every do that type of work.

Definitely NOT paid work.


26 posted on 03/12/2013 5:40:25 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

28 June 2012 |
America’s only female chain gang: The women who pull weeds and bury unclaimed bodies in Arizona desert to avoid 23 hours of lock-down in country’s ‘toughest jail’

See photos:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2166260/Americas-female-chain-gang-pictured-pulling-weeds-burying-unclaimed-bodies-100F-Arizona-desert.html


27 posted on 03/12/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Resettozero

Chain Gang
28 posted on 03/12/2013 5:53:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Resettozero

I like the idea of using prisoner labor for big farms, as long as they were non-violent offenders. Pay them minimum wage, put the money back in the prisoners’ accounts and for every two days worked, three days will be taken off their sentence.


29 posted on 03/12/2013 6:16:49 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Dartman

I remember chain gangs in Texas, it looked like OK work, about like construction labor and ditch digging.


30 posted on 03/12/2013 6:17:23 PM PDT by ansel12 ( August 29,2008 A Natural Born Reformer inadvertently unleashed within palace walls, change ensues.)
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To: dsrtsage

Read the XIII Amendment. Slavery is NOT illegal.


31 posted on 03/12/2013 6:31:01 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“I’m Shakin It Boss!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGyAwHwC9wk


32 posted on 03/12/2013 7:35:16 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: SpaceBar

Not exactly Camp Joe Stalin, but it’s a good start.


33 posted on 03/12/2013 7:43:49 PM PDT by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: Resettozero; left that other site

I only found out about the original from Sam Cooke AFTER I repeatedly heard the Pretenders remake in the 1980s.


34 posted on 03/12/2013 8:45:12 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: Resettozero

Prisoners, Illegals, and Welfare Recipients need to be put to work to “earn” their offset of the cost of their support on the backs of Taxpayers.....there’s no good reason that able-bodied parasites should NOT be made to defray the costs of their upkeep......


35 posted on 03/13/2013 2:47:58 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Resettozero

In a union friendly state, the public works unions would be raising a stink about the competition from prisoners.


36 posted on 03/13/2013 9:42:07 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Resettozero

That would be cruel and a throw-back to the bad old days. Let’s do it!


37 posted on 03/13/2013 12:38:42 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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