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by Peter Moskos

March 23, 2009

Save our Prison? Shame!

"This is a major impact on a small community," said Paul Lashway, a Norwich resident and prison guard at Camp Pharsalia for the past 10 years. He is also a steward for the local corrections officers' union. "I thought we were trying to save jobs," he said. "Here, they're trying to take 'em."

Here's the story in the Washington Post.

I've said it before: prison guards don't get a say in sentencing reform. Prisons are needed to keep dangerous people away from non-criminals. That's it. Talking about prisons as any form of economic boost to the community is immoral.

The purpose of prisons is not to provide jobs. I don't want to pay poor white people to lock up poor black people. Prisons only make prisoners worse. There's got to be a better way.

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