It is sad to spend the holidays alone and without celebration.
But when someone is in prison it is hard to have very much sympathy
for their lonely ways.
Some prisoners throughout Colorado will be treated to two
magicians, Christmas carols, pizza and soda, or a
non-denominational church worship band, donuts and soda this
holiday season, according to a story in today’s Collegian. The
articles said, “The holiday meals at most penitentiaries include
turkey, potatoes, salad, bread, vegetables and pie.”
This sounds like some special treatment that could be better
used in other places. Homeless people throughout the nation could
benefit more from these privileges than the people who chose to
When prison inmates are better off than many college students,
it is hard to see what is deterring people from committing
People are put in prison to be punished or rehabilitated. If the
inmates are getting more luxuries inside the prison than they did
outside it is hard to see that it is really deterring them from
wanting to be in prison.
We think that the tax dollars being spent on improving
criminals’ holiday spirit could probably find a better use.