Prisons 1st Worlds Cheap labour

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Prisons 1st Worlds Cheap labour
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Back when i heard about it for the first time it seemed a good thing: Private Prisons.It saves the state money they can help the inmates much better then state prisons, since they have capital to back it up.Sure the idea came up that they might not be very interested in turning their inamtes into good members of the society, butnaively i thought those that do work poorly in that regard would not get any new inmates as the courty decide where a convicted person ends up.So i did not oppose when that seemingly good idea come from the states to Europe.Maybe it has been to much trust into the goverment or just not enough thinking and joining the oppinion of the mass.But what was i thinking Prisons in our society are supposed to be an intution that reintegrates a person into the society after that person broke the law of that society on a somewhat bigger scale. But our prisons seem far from it now they are punishment not reintegration, they are a profit business not a service to society. Sure back then i foolishly thought there might be a controlmechanism; for instant checking the rates of in which exinmates fall back to crime. This would have been an easy thing to do and it would have been easy to weed out the bad companies that do not work towards the goal of reintegration. Instead we got no controls at all this is generally bad in capitalism, but here we have worst case.Their very profit depends on people getting convicted to a prison sentence for crimes they commited. Now just a few years ago it would even have to be a rather bad crime to get a prison sentence now the definition of bad crime changed. But with no controls wheter the prison works towards the goal of reintegration or not, why on earth would they work towards it. Well they dont theres even a surprisingly high number of prisoners that commit crimes in prison and get to stay longer because of that. Now prison is not only a punishment but it is also a hughe industry with a big lobby. Politicans like the private prisons, they bring money into the goverment. And the money that counts is not the money they save on running state prisonsbut much more the money big industry brings. For years we had the problem that we couldnt compete with 3rd world countries due to way to high wages and the cost of fringe benefits. Industry ran away since they could save alot of money with cheap labour in other countries and then ship the products back to here. It was bad for our ecnomy and the environment didn't like it either.Good for us that we found the solution to the problem with private prisons. Now there are ""High Security Factories"" close to private prisons so the transport to and from work is easy fast and cheap. Sure its a good solution for all of us its good for the environment it brings back money in the country and thoose no good criminals have to pay for their crimes.But lets think about that for a moment is this what prisons are for? I think not we dont need prisons for cheap labour. Prisons should have the purpose of reintegrating people into the society by giving them the skills and the social awareness to be a member of it. With all the loosend regulations on the rights and the treatment prison inmates, they become even more agressive instead of reducing the agression. The system should teach the general understanding of rightand wrong, and the ability to think of the consequences of ones action not only to themselfs but to others. Also there should be the posibility to qualify for a job. Yes many say it is unfair to give criminals such a chance if many people outside of prisons do not have the chance to get such education. Nobody is denying that it goes wrong on the outside but somewhere has to be started to do things right. If they do not have the chance to get a job and thus cant provide for themselfes its much more likely that thoose that get released from prison will fall back to criminal means to do so. It not only the fact that Private prisons dont fulfill the role the should be fulfilling, the biggest issue is the ethical one. We have people that are forced to do hard work without a choice. If they do not work they get punished even more. Sure they are criminals and have a debt to society but wheter the laws on how much that debt is are still reasonable or not, they are not doing anything for society at all. They work for the profit of a few companies. These companies do not produce for the common good they produce to sell to the market. The only service the system provides to society is taking away unskilled jobs so thoose that lost their jobs and are not qualified for other work have a good chance ending up criminal aswell. And once they happen to get out of prison they still do not have any job skills and being an excon does really good on a job application. This is basicly a free return ticket.We used to have such systems in the past all over the world: a ruling class forced people to do hard work without compensating them. It was legal and socially accepted back then. These people had very few rights if they had any rights at all and it was very hard to get out. We called it slavary it was deemed inhumane and forbidden pretty much all over the world. But aparently its ok if we change the name and slap a justice tag on it.The goal should be to move away from the idea of prisons for punishment at all. We have to find ways to make thoose that commited a crime understand, that they did something wrong. Not just tell themthey did wrong because the broke some abstract law our society has, but make them understand what they did wrong and why. This should happen while pay the debts they have to society. Such a system should however not teach them to be obiedient citizens it should aim to teach basic values that are necesarry for peaceful coexistance with other humans. Along with that there should be a change to how monetary punishments are made. A punishment in form of money will always be worse for the poor then the rich.Personally i think that there also should be a focus on the fact that there is usually a deeper reasons for crimes and that the justice system is not the solution to crime, it is much more a short term fix while we work on a proper long term solution. And in the long term i think the problem of high crime rates can only be solved, if we close the gap between rich and poor, not only in this country but in all the world. Because only then all people will have the same chances, like access to education and with it the ability to lead decent life for themself.I think for many it will be only then that they can understand that all people are truely equal which is the very ideal our society is based. I say it is an ideal and not a principle, because currently we are only equal in rights on paper ... if you take only a brief look. True racism is much less of a problem then a decade ago but it got replaced by the problems between the rich and the poor.