December 09, 2015

"In North America, nearly everything is illegal": Why we need prison reform

Gavin McInnesArchive

I've been hanging out with some ex-cons lately, in particular, the editors of Prison Legal News, Paul Wright and Alex Friedman.


What's going on in our prisons is stunning.

For one thing, more men get raped in prison than women get raped in the free world, but we make jokes about it

In North America, nearly everything is illegal. One guy spent ten years in jail for selling lobster tails out of the wrong type of bag.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before you or a loved one becomes a prisoner.

That's why what comedian Jeff Ross did was so cool:

He taped his latest comedy special in a Texas jail and "roasted" the prisoners. I'll show you a clip. It humanized them. We need to do that more often.

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commented 2015-12-10 15:00:37 -0500
Yes, we probably should have some prison reform. Maybe segregation depending on category of crime. So the really hard core lifers couldn’t prey on those less able to defend themselves. When they put me in for speaking my mind I would appreciate it if I didn’t have a psychotic murderer as a cell mate, or a sadist prison guard. Also people who commit smaller less offensive crimes, certainly don’t need to go in there and learn any ‘new’ life skills from other criminals. Rape in prisons should not be ignored, it should mean a prolonged sentence. Those with no or little record of offence, should be kept away from the greater population of hardened criminals.
We also need to consider what will be happening in prisons with the inevitable growth in Muslim incarceration. How do we stop it being a recruiting school?
commented 2015-12-10 13:23:26 -0500
They should hire Jimmy the Janitor. You’ll double your Youtube hits every day.