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Possible Solution for Two Problems

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The two problems: 1) the need (according to the President) for more troops in Iraq and wherever else the military is stretched thinly; and 2) overcrowding in prisons. Can you see where I’m going with this?

Why not offer to prisoners who have convicted of crimes less than murder, the option to stay in prison for the rest of their sentence, or to serve in the military for half of the rest of their sentence?

While they are undergoing training, they could be put somewhere under close guard, and for extra security, be told that if they try to escape, they will have more time added to the length of their original sentence. Once they are trained for the menial duties needed to support the regular troops, they can then be moved to Iraq, Afghanistan, and who knows where else they might be needed.

This plan would not only decrease the overcrowding problem, but the criminals would learn some discipline while serving, and perhaps, want to continue in a military life when their “sentence/tour” was over. If they were not willing to maintain military discipline while there (i.e. criminal behavior, trying to escape), they’d be slapped back into prison… that is, if their fellow soldiers didn’t exact their own justice first.

It’d be interesting to see how many prisoners would be willing to take the military up on this.

What do y’all think?


Written by blogicalinks

December 19, 2006 at 8:45 pm

Posted in Whatever

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  1. Hmmm… Good idea, but which is worse – war, bootcamp or prison? After the cush life they had in prison, being in the military might be a more offensive option to a lot of them. They might do anything possible to get BACK to prison, thus wasting a ton of time and money on training and possibly screwing up some military operation or hurting some innocent soldiers.


    December 20, 2006 at 3:26 pm

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