By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
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By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Our society must have some negative consequences for people who commit crimes. Is jail supposed to be a fun place? Should it be a five-star resort where anyone who commits a crime loves to serve time? The purposes of going to jail are to isolate the perpetrator from the public so that the public will be safe and to punish the perpetrator so that he will learn not to commit the crime again!
Koal seems to have a problem with the power Sheriff Joe has been given. I wonder how he would feel if the inmate who got a bologna sandwich had killed or raped his mother. Perhaps he would find it in his heart to forgive him, but does he really think that he would like Sheriff Joe more if he made sure that the inmate who killed or raped his mom got a prime rib dinner and a king-size bed? (By the way, Koal would be paying for those comforts with his tax dollars.)
Editor's note: Hey, Lee, when you read the good book from cover to cover, you must have missed what Jesus said on this very subject. Check out Matthew 24:35-36: "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." He didn't specifically discourage the use of stun guns on the testicles of inmates, the breaking of paraplegics' necks, the denial of medical care to the gravely ill, but we assume He would. A more temporal authority, the U.S. Department of Justice, has found evidence of inmate abuse and violations of constitutional rights at Arpaio's jails, which also house inmates who have been convicted of absolutely nothing.