Antiriad2097 wrote:Nice to see they're being punished then. Stuff like this gets my goat. Prison is supposed to be a horrible place you never want to go back to, not somewhere warm and dry with three meals a day where you play videogames. Where exactly is the deterrent in this?
While I agree with you on this statement, I do want to give a little insight about prisons in the US.
Aside from federal facilities reserved for only select crimes (i.e. treason, money laundering, etc.), prisons are run by state governments. As a result, there is a wide variety of prison standards across the US depending upon which state you were to look at. There are 50 states of course, each having their own penal institutions.
This gaming in Oregon prisons is the exception not the rule. You may be surprised to know that prisons in the US are among some of the most violent, dangerous, and have some of the most horrible living conditions of any in the world. It's hard to say that generally they are THE worst, but they're bad.
Texas is a good example. There was a federal judge that was touring some Texas prisons. He has written books on various departments of criminal justice based around the world. He said that the conditions in Texas prisons were some of the worst he had ever seen, on par with a substandard that he had only previously been witness to in Nigeria and Congo.
The state of Georgia only recently retracted some of its disciplinary measures that were based on middle aged torture. They even had stretching racks up until the 1960s.
I talked to the family of one individual that was locked up for burglary. He had scratched a prison guard in a scuffle and they locked him up in complete solitary confinement for 9 years. He eventually got released, but he's a vegetable now.
In many states some prisoners starve to death or die of simple illnesses like the flu or infections from cuts or blistered feet from being worked almost to death breaking rocks or farming which can involve carrying heavy sacks from sun up to sun down.
Inmate violence is through the roof, more rapes, murders, riots, and sex slavery happen in US prisons than anywhere else on Earth.
The average prison guard makes $9 US an hour (about 5 GBP) so this leads to corruption and lack of integrity within the prison guard ranks.
I agree that prisoners should be made to suffer for crimes, but I also feel that much reform is needed as most of the prisons here are still in the dark ages.
In any case, whether you agree with these types of punishment or not, the point is that that article does not represent the common practice of prisons here.