I think the key to this issue is the language you hear.
You often hear "jail, prison...etc", not "correctional facility "
You hear "sentence, did his time, paid his debt to society, deserves to be in jail, country club prison ...etc"
All of these indicate to me that people think of jail as punishment, which we do, rather then as "correctional" facilities where it is more about solving a problem..........changing someone to stop committing crimes.........then punishing someone.
I think it would be hard, but I think the first step as a country is to change the way we think about jail time. If we could stop thinking of it as revenge and more like "fixing" someone or a problem different approaches to actually making jails true correctional facilities might help.
There are many criminals who can't be changed, but I think there many who could be.........or at least not made into hardened criminals..........if the prison system is changed.
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