By JimmyT - 03/03/2013 22:21 - Norway - Bergen
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Why did #3 get so many thumbs down. It's when you start saying things like "some people don't deserve to be treated as people" where you go wrong. They used to say that about blacks / women / gays. He sounds like he has mental issues and even if he doesn't there's always two sides to a story and only idiots refuse to see that.
Thank you, 56. Either all people are equal, or no one is equal. And you cannot go and distinguish that everyone in prison is unequal to the rest of the world. Sure, they probably did something bad to get into prison. And although that is not excusable, there are reasons someone does the things that they do. Often it's something related to mental problems or living in a world where they are forced to do bad things. And I know it isn't in Amercia, but where I live a prison is literally a 'correctional' facility. People who commit crimes often just need treatment.
Here's my offensive argument: no one is equal. The people in prison (more often than not) are there for a good reason. Even if it is a mental issue, in my book they have lost their place as a functioning equal for the mental issue before they even landed a spot in prison. And as far as correctional treatments go: that's a waste of time. The money spent on fixing our societal burdens could be better spent on educating our best students, or funding the now hurting fine arts programs, etc. Instead, we spend our money providing three meals a day (healthcare and facilities too) to prisoners. I have a lot more to say, but my comment devolved into a rant as I continued to write it.
73 you seriously think that is money wasted? If you live in the USA: you're not doing it right. I live in the Netherlands and we've got freaking low prison sentences, but a lot of criminals get 2 or 4 years of "TBS" (the correctional part). And that may seem short as well, but that is just the minimum they get. They get diagnosis, therapy and/or medication. If they are considered safe for society again, they can get out. If not, their correctional sentence is extended. And you know what? It fucking works. If you honestly think that is money wasted, you are retarded or just very very ignorant. Because you are saying that if someone committed a crime you should just give up on them and put them in jail, far away from society, right?
@91 Your country's prisons sounds like our country's mental hospitals and treatment centers. Here in America, people with mental illnesses are either committed to a mental hospital (if it's serious enough) or see a psychologist/psychiatrist for medication and therapy. If someone commits a crime and are convicted then they go to jail/prison. Very rarely, someone is found not guilty for reason of insanity. In some cases, people can be reformed but there are also plenty of cases of murderers, rapists and those that have committed aggressive crimes that can't be reformed and are dangerous to the public. America does try to help people who suffer from mental illness, but it's not easy, especially since it's such a big country. You should see our attempts at universal healthcare, many Americans don't like the idea and the government can't even get the website running properly.
And that's why they invented slip resistant shoes. If you work in any kind of wet floor environment then never leave home without them. Trust me, proper ones work wonders. Especially on water! I work fast food where vegetable oil is the much worse main concern over water. Does wonders. Days that I forget them I wonder how I got around without them.
Arrest him for attempted murder of your girlfriend. Praise da lord she will only be out of action for a month or two and it wasn't more serious :D