Friday, August 10, 2007
In Response to "Texas Behind Bars: An Unlearned Lesson
This article was interesting because I think that many people do not even think about prison's long term consequences. I definitely think that prison is not something that should be taken away, I do not think that it is useless and that no one learns from prison. Prison is not a pleasant place, and I know that many people go to prison and never want to go back, and therefore change their ways. I think the aspect of the article was a little extreme, the idea that prison's are not succesful, because a lot of the time they are, but it is very true that tons of prisoners do not learn their lesson and will continue to go to jail over and over again. I think that the most important way to solve crime is to stress education. Starting with children, education is the best way to lower crime and poverty rates, and I think that with an increase on the importance and funding of education will help these children and young adults make the right decisions. I don't think that trying to change people by sending them to a place that will try and force them to change their life instead of prison will be very helpful. I think that if anything the prison should in classes teach the prisoners about their options when they get out, a little about employment and what to do when they are released. I think that pointing out options of better choices and making the prisoners not lose hope will help. I also think that it is very important not to push them so hard because adults already have very narrow-minds compared to children, and no one wants to be told what to do. I think that prisoners should be "educated" on how to turn their life around, rather than sent to rehab facilities. Overall, I think that education starting at a young age is the best and most efficient way of changing lives.