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  •  Prisoners should only be allowed to labor (5+ / 0-)

    for their own benefit


    The entire incentive to abuse them for profit has to be eliminated.

    We need to stop going halfway around the world to wage war on people who don't even change out of their jammies to fight us.

    by JesseCW on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 12:18:57 PM PDT

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    •  It's a bit tricky, though (1+ / 0-)
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      Most prisoners would prefer a job, even an exploitative one, to enforced idleness and complete absence of income.  I think it could make sense to ban for-profit entities, but there is no doubt that would reduce the number of prisoners who could participate.  More jobs for the rest of us, but a loss to the prisoners.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 01:12:48 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry I don't agree (0+ / 0-)

      There is nothing wrong with doing labor to repay society for what you've done wrong. That exists from the concept of being assigned community service on down.

      Which is not to say that all legal system is all hunky Dorey and nothing needs fixed. I just don't see that as pertinent to the issue of BP not hiring locals.

      President Obama is the best moderate Republican president in my lifetime.

      by KS Rose on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 02:03:33 PM PDT

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