Who should benefit from a “rod or bridle on their backs “to labor, prison guards, prisoners or taxpayers?

The Chicago Tribune article titled: Illinois prisoners wrongly used to wash cars, shine shoes for IDOC employee fund, says government watchdog, contained this following statement:

“It’s really hard for me to just honestly stomach the idea that…employees benefit from offender labor.’”

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate ancient wisdom verse to this conundrum Ent to discern who should benefit from prisoner’s labor in Illinois or any other State

King Solomon

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! (Proverb 26:3)

What’s My Point?

To discern whose “stomachs” and “backs” are in need of being rodded according to the ancient beliefs of punishment for crimes.

In My Opinion

Anyone familiar with the USA present methods to jail criminal offenders in our contemporary times knows how costly and for the most part how ineffective jail sentences are to prevent recidivism after being released.

In Chicago and New York, prosecuting attorney generals are being chastised for not prosecuting criminals arrested, released, and if a gang member after release, becomes a threat to retaliate against any witnesses or families who know that if they do testify, could result in their bodily harm and even deaths.

The only good that occurs in communities to jail inmates is to get them out of the communities to make the community safer.

So, what needs to be discerned is the conundrum?

In a previous post, I surmised how King Solomon explained the methods used to punish criminals to the Queen of Sheba which included whipping criminals.

While I personally believe in our contemporary times we should not return to whipping as a method to deter crime, I do believe we need to require jailed criminals to labor and profit during their sentences to reduce recidivism after they are released. How to do this is what our politicians should be focusing on, in my opinion.

As for taxpayers who have to labor to pay taxes to fund jail inmates, in my opinion, the rod and bridle is falling on their backs instead of the backs of fools.

If Interested

Read the Source Links below which include the previous post.

You Decide

Is it wise or foolish for government to rod and bridle the backs if   honest hard-working laborers to have to pay taxes to support dishonest criminals in jails?

If criminals knew they would have to work hard while in prison, and hopefully obtain a skill or work experience same as honest workers who get up every morning to do, perhaps be an incentive not to engage in crime?

Regards and goodwill blogging.

Source Links

Chicago Tribune Link


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