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Friday, July 01, 2011

from Lawrence, this Sunday meeting: Are prisons a waste of time and money?

Dear friends,
This Sunday we are discussing: Are prisons a waste of time and money?
A rather unusual and new category of philosophical subjects. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to write
anything this time. Nevertheless, just by looking at the subject I can think of number of relevant
issues for us to discuss. And that without going into jurisprudence.
Of course, we have such issues as justice, rights and human rights, the rights of victims, the
concept of punishment and so on. But maybe whilst we will never stop crime from happening, we
probably can reduce the prison population considerably. And we can do this by giving people a reason
to behave socially.
The real question, or at the very least the starting question for me, is not whether spending money
on prisons is a waste of money, but rather is there some hidden agenda, intentional or not, with its
core principle being: it is cheaper to send people to prison for breaking the rules of society than
to invest in people so they can follow the rules of society and thus contribute to society?
See you Sunday
Best
Lawrence

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