sounds good to me
ALL prisoners should be doing this. Are all our roads and ditches already clean?
"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
We have work crews here in Idaho but it’s for alternative sentencing not for people convicted of major crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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!