Jail vs Community Service

Break the law and live by a beach – Article was interesting, but it brought up a point I wanted to comment about: The 2.6 square km (1.0 sq mile) Bastoy island offers its 115 “residents” cross-country skiing, tennis and horse-riding, but before the inmates can slope off to practise their serve or head to the beach for a swim, there is work to do on the farm.

I’ve always thought jail was the most stupidest form of punishment. They get locked up and live OFF the expense of tax payers. I agree there are some corner cases where psychos do need to get locked up, but most of the time, instead of having us pay for their meals and shelter, why not have them contribute back to the community for what they’ve done? It’s basically cheap service provided to the community which they’ve done wrong to. Having the community forgive them for what they’ve done on the other hand is different question, but at least they’ve tried redeem themselves from their wrongdoing.

And studies have always shown that incarceration doesn’t work correctly most of the time. Another interesting point is when jailed people come back out looking for jobs, it’s very difficult for them to find work having a “record” as they say. By doing a good job with community service, they can even get a recommendation letter from whoever is the officer overwatching them.

Just my 2 cents.


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