After giving my two cents to the Prison or Poverty thread, i began thinking about something my mum saw on the TV the other day; there was a debate on whether or not Prisoners should get it a lot harder on the inside and whether life should mean life in some cases. Of course the major argument was that Prisoners have rights too-but what about the victims? Didn't they have any rights? I also looked up and old email my Dad sent me a while ago about Sheriff Joe Apraio (and there's a site!), he's famous for creating 'Tent City', a prison full of tents, he took away the weight lifting programme, created male and female chain gangs, makes the inmates wear pink shorts and the TV only shows the weather and Disney channel. He's done a lot more too. Do you think life should be that hard from prisoners and re-offenders? If it was that hard do you think it would keep criminals commiting more crimes when they're released? Personally, i love the idea the Sheriff has; i know we can't have 'Tent City' here because the weather is too poor, but i love the idea of chain gangs and charging inmates for their lunches. They're there to be punished, not to live in luxury. Also, i'd like to add that his way of treating prisoners is so popular that he was re-elected in 2008 .