Skip to comments.Sheriff Wants to Reinstate Chain Gangs
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.
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sounds good to me
ALL prisoners should be doing this. Are all our roads and ditches already clean?
And here comes the bandwagon screaming “Racist, Slave Labor”!
"You're gonna get your mind right."
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.
pink jump suits help... go for it
Inmates jump at the chance to get on a crew just to get out of the cage once in a while.
Well in large numbers it would certainly drive wages down a bit more in areas that have prisons.
a push broom and hand truck with a garbage can would be handy and a lot cheaper than a street sweeping machine.
From my teens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XHYKWLGTg
Funny, I immediately thought of Sam Cooke! :-)
We have work crews here in Idaho but it’s for alternative sentencing not for people convicted of major crimes.
“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.
Joe Arpaio uses chain gangs in Maricopa County, AZ. They are strictly for trustees, not really as punishment.
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.
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.
What like breaking rocks? They should be building something we need, like roads and bridges.
Eye candy is also very nutritious for those hot summer jobs on the road!
I just hope there isn’t a “failure to communicate”.
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.
Call Sheriff Arapio of Maricopa County AZ to see how he re-instated it in Maricopa County.
“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.
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’
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.
I remember chain gangs in Texas, it looked like OK work, about like construction labor and ditch digging.
Read the XIII Amendment. Slavery is NOT illegal.
“I’m Shakin It Boss!”
Not exactly Camp Joe Stalin, but it’s a good start.
I only found out about the original from Sam Cooke AFTER I repeatedly heard the Pretenders remake in the 1980s.
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......
In a union friendly state, the public works unions would be raising a stink about the competition from prisoners.
That would be cruel and a throw-back to the bad old days. Let’s do it!