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Posted: 08/16/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Looking for help
Re: Woman seeks prison time to get her life back (Aug. 15). The prison system is full of those who deliberately decided to ignore the laws of society because of greed or selfishness or whatever, but there are a large number of people whose addictions have driven them to commit crimes that they likely wouldn't have thought of doing when clean. The courts have no option but to house them with career criminals and sociopaths.
There may not be a cure for most prisoners, but we have a chance of curing addiction and returning these people as productive members of society. It seems to me the costs of housing a federal inmate could easily pay for confining a prisoner in a prison-like treatment facility instead, if we had such a facility. With the whole focus being on recovery, I am sure we would see better results.
I am in no way condoning addiction as an excuse for committing crimes, but if a prison term is the sentence, we should try to make it a place of recovery instead of criminal college.
-- Slim G
Good on her for wanting to get clean and trying to get control of her life.
Hope the federal penitentiary people are reading this, and that she does not fall through the cracks.
I am one for hard sentences, but I truly give a huge thumbs-up to Kayla for telling her lawyer she needs a longer sentence so she can get access to better treatment in the federal system.
Can't use prison as your own personal, taxpayer-funded rehab. Sorry.
Mulling over museum
Re: Museum provokes mixed emotions (Aug. 14). This museum will help drive the point home as to why human rights are so fundamentally important.
Hopefully, it will inspire people to action in parts of the world where human rights are being trampled.
The situations in Iraq and North Korea, among others, are atrocious and deserve a stronger response from the global community.
Mixed emotions? How about spending more than $350 million for a tower funded at more than $20 million a year on the backs of Winnipeg taxpayers, to portray information that could be accessed online or via mobile exhibits at a small fraction of the cost?
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 A16
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