On Mon, Jan 29, 2001 at 11:29:33AM -0800, Brian D Williams wrote:
> What's wrong with people who commit crimes serving their full
1. It makes it hard for prison officers to maintain order. (If your
prisoners hope to get time off for good behaviour, they have
a positive incentive to behave themselves. This is a very useful
lever if you're thinking in terms of getting criminals to reform.
It also makes it less likely that an inmate will attack a prison
2. Where parole is abolished, it is seldom accompanied by a reduction
in sentencing guidelines. If a regime exists where parole of up to
25% of the sentence is available, and parole is then abolished, this
is almost never accompanied by a 25% reduction in sentences handed
out by the courts. Thus, the net effect is to increase the severity
of sentencing significantly.
3. It also _really_ pisses off and demotivates any inmates who've been
behaving themselves in hope of qualifying for early release, just in
time to be shafted by a change in the law -- see outcome #1 above.
Basically, as long as an inmate has something to *hope* for, they have
an incentive to reform, behave themselves well, and return to civil
society. Take away all rewards for cooperation, and why should they bother?
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