So, what happens when we do lock ’em up?

A Maine State Prison inmate (r) tries to argue his way out of a segregation unit with the warden (l). PBS.

A Maine State Prison inmate (r) tries to argue his way out of a segregation unit with the warden (l). PBS.

We’re big advocates of the gunsmithing approach to crime: if you have a loose nut behind the trigger, apply some Loc-tite. In our experience, societies that do this (think Singapore) have a completely different set of crime issues than societies that do not (think Mexico, or Chicago).

And we’re an even bigger fan of whacking those that need whacking. But the death penalty has its problems, as the release of 11 Illinois Death Row inmates who were cleared by DNA evidence a few years ago tells us; the courts have their problems, as reading the blogs of defense attorneys like Ken White or Jeralyn Merritt tells us; and, while we’re having an outbreak of transpartisan honesty around here, prisons have their problems.

Recently PBS aired this horrifying view of the solitary wing of a state prison in Maine. Mostly young, impulsive, amoral and not-too-bright men turn out to be psychologically worsened by isolation.

They call their Frontline segment Solitary Nation and it’s worth a look, although, despite the fact they’re trying to send a message with it, it raises more questions than it can really answer. You can watch the whole segment — 53 minutes and change — at the link.

In a place with reasonable institutions, a lot of these guys would be underground (one of them boasts of murdering two corrections officers since going inside). But Maine’s institutions are in the tight grip of coastal liberals, who think their jails are rehabilitating these guys.

Most of the prisoners you see in this video will be released, and some of them will be released soon. It’s hard to imagine any circumstances in which they fit back into society, unless we give some credit for the same human adaptability that has turned them into savage animals in the state lockup.

The end of solitary and the end of life imprisonment are new goals of the same activists who have essentially eliminated the death penalty in the USA, first in a series of militantly activist court decisions in the 1960s, and subsequently with endless legal red tape.

4 thoughts on “So, what happens when we do lock ’em up?

  1. Jay Dee

    The answer is simple. Activists wish to end life sentences; send these wonderful people to live with these activists. We’ll soon run out of “activists”.

  2. Aesop

    Plug ’em and plant ’em.
    With…what, 40 states and counting?…firmly on the side of armed self-defense, and with good guys outscoring the cops anyways, since forever, court and prison are going to become be where the lucky ones who were caught before they were plugged get to go to hide out.

    Otherwise? Chicago and Detroit are the same place, just maybe 10 years apart.

    “When you make peaceful change impossible, you make violent change inevitable.” – JFK

  3. StukaPilot

    functionally, the entire System is a crime-lobby: more crime, more resources allocated to the System. More jobs for parasites: prison guards, prison administrators, prison builders, prison suppliers, lawyers, judges, cops, and etc. At the ideological level, the collectivists (pretend to) believe that criminals are victims of society, and hence to be petted and coddled. Anyway, once the Universal Ponzi collapses, the prison guards will not be reporting for work, and the entire violent crime class goes free. Hopefully many of them will find their way into the Gated Communities

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