Treating his inmates like sub humans only inflates Sherriff Joes ego. It only re enforces the low self image most inmates have of themselves.
When we no longer re habiltate inmates we make the problem worse.
I would not want them to eat sub standard food or sleep in tents.
I want them to reenter soceity and never again commit such violence against anyone.
I am certain that their time in the Texas prison system is no cakewalk. Shalom
Sub humans? Really?
Sleeping in tents?
Even in tent city, they STILL have it better than our MILITARY serving in Afghanistan!
While I do respect your opinion DBArabians, and it's clear we're going to agree to disagree here, I do urge you to ponder a couple things.
Prisoners are required to receive 3 meals a day that meet USDA guidelines for basic nutrition.
They are required to have water, and a place to sleep.
Our military boys and girls often don't have that much comfort.
Sleeping a couple hours in a shallow hole in the middle of a rock strewn landscape, maybe an MRE and a canteen of bath temp water, and the threat of death all around them is what our troops on the front lines have to look forward to.
So, respectfully, I really can't justify even remotely how to concede more comfort to criminals than we can to our troopers.
I flat can't.
Joe's inmates may be treated poorly by some standards, but at what point do we say enough is enough?
They have food, water, and shelter.
They have tv.
Send them to school, or put them to work to repay the tab to society that it costs to incarcerate them!
The current system churns out better criminals!
Rehabilitation is a choice of the person being rehabilitated. They have to want to be rehabbed.
It cannot be compelled, or forced upon anyone.
It must be a conscious choice on their part.
Most could care less about rehabilitation.
Many whine about not getting some sort of a handout, crying woe is me!
Part of the rehab process should include:
1) life isn't fair. Deal with it.
2) america promises life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. The degree of which is totally up to you, and how much you want it.
3) everyone makes mistakes. Wise people learn from them. Stupid ones repeat the same mistakes over and over. Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result is the textbook definition of insanity.
4) the government doesn't owe you a darn thing. Neither does society.
5) the golden rule still applies. So does murphys law, newton's law, and the laws of physics.
6) if you want nice things, get a job and earn them.
7) you're in jail because of choices that YOU made. Own it, accept it, and move forward.
8) if you want "another chance", after you did the same thing 3 times, and got caught, hmmmmm......NO.
9) free rides are in the movies. Movies are fantasy land.
10) if you want respect, show others that same level of respect. You'd be amazed at the results you get.
So, no, the prisoners of tent city are (in my opinion) treated fairly.
They get fed, they have places to sleep, they have plenty of water to drink, and shelter from the sun.
If they don't like the accomodations, they are welcome to straighten themselves out, and never return.
Again- increase the pain level of the deterring factors, and it will alter the way people think. And that is the first step to them being a positive contributor to society.