When I saw that the main headline and article for the Dec. 9
Collegian was about how prisoners are sad and lonely during the
holidays, I was pretty upset. I think this country has gone so far
beyond prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment that prison itself
just isn’t as large a deterrent of crime as it used to be. I do
feel sorry for the families of the inmates who can’t be with their
loved ones, but the prisoners are there for a reason, to be
punished. They committed crimes, violating the social contract, and
are paying for it by being in prison. It is not and should not be a
hotel with gourmet food and cable.
I am so glad that the editorial staff printed a counter in the
Our View. It is a crime that people’s taxes are being spent on
making inmates happier when they could be feeding the hungry. I
think it is sad and inappropriate that “Season of prison cheer” was
your main headline, but I am very glad that you put in the other
side of the argument.