Monday, November 2, 2009

I'm a little torn, but pretty sure I'll end up hating them

A Christian non-profit group has proposed opening a private prison in Oklahoma.

I don’t know how to feel about this. On the one hand, a nonprofit private prison would be a welcome relief from the profit-driven world of private incarceration we currently have. On the other hand, it seems like the operation of this prison would violate the separation of church and state on numerous levels (though, considering private prisons aren't often perceived to be government entities, they could possibly circumvent that obstacle). Oh, and the prison administrators for some reason think that the “criminals” that go into prison (you know, that homogenous group of like-minded evildoers ready to ruin society) are somehow distinct from “citizens,” because when you go into prison you relinquish your citizenship and the rights and privileges that go along with it (following their unstated logic), and they’re ready to transform them back into that group of right-minded “citizens.” So maybe I’m leaning a little towards hating them.

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