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  •  But one so sentenced (5+ / 0-)

    doesn't necessarily have nothing to begin with.

    Prison helps to insure they will have nothing when they come out: no job, no home, no furniture or clothes, no friends and, perhaps, no family. People like this are considerably more likely to break the law, no?

    If the system does nothing to help them stay out of prison the next time, what's the point?

    (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by john07801 on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 08:54:15 PM PDT

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    •  I live in the land of 3 strikes. When your (1+ / 0-)
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      thoughts are posed, many people respond--well at least the inmate can't commit any crimes while they are incarcarated.  Not saying I agree--that's why the effort to require that the third strikek be for a violent felony was voted down.  Of course, California correctional facilities are fast becoming skilled nursing facilities with lots of secutiry.

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