My politics are fairly liberal, but I’ve always been a big proponent of prison, for violent criminals, being tougher than they seem to be. I mean, many of these guys get out of prison stronger and more criminally educated than when they went in. They get to watch cable shows, have Playboy, play basketball and all other sports including weight lifting, and get their three squares a day.

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And of course they misbehave, because even in prison they don’t feel they have a right to be disrespected by anyone else, whether it’s other prisoners or guards, and some of the behavior is downright disgusting.

So, it was with some, well, I’m not sure I want to say glee specifically, but something along those lines, that I read this story online about a nutritional meal “glob” of some sort called nutraloaf that’s given to some of these guys when they misbehave in certain ways. What is nutraloaf? It’s a mixture of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes. And it looks horrible, I’d have to admit.

It’s used in many states across the country for modifying the behavior of prisoners that act up, but now, in Vermont, the Supreme Court is about to take up the case as to whether it constitutes as punishment or not, because, I guess, if it’s truly “punishment”, then prisoners are allowed to have a hearing to determine if the “punishment” is too severe for what they’ve done.

Man, prisoners seem to have more rights that most other people have in this country. No wonder so many of them are ready to exhibit such bad behavior; outside of worrying about getting shanked or raped, prison sounds like a country club. No bills, free food, free clothing, free cable, free books, free movies, free music, 3 square meals a day,… and even if you don’t behave, you get to have a hearing; sheesh.

I’m thinking nutraloaf needs to become a staple in prison, along with cutting out some of the other amenities. I’m not looking to shackle these folks, or torture them. I want them kept clean, but man, I want them softened up also. I want their spirit broken, and I want them educated by teachers, so that when they do get out they have some skills that may help them get jobs and stay out of trouble; who’s heard the recidivism rate lately?

As for the nutraloaf? I know it’s supposed to be eaten without utensils, but maybe some butter and salt would help it out. Couldn’t hurt.

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