Prison Amenities


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Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today to relieve your concerns on prison funding

and how your hard earned tax dollars are being spent within prisons. And to tell you

how I, as your governor, would treat this, and all other matters involving the people

of this great state, with a gentle, but just hand.

The matter at hand today, is not a fact, but rather the respected opinion of the

people of this state. Prisons today have many amenities for inmates, and many people

think that they shouldn’t. Upon research of what they are actually able to do I found an

array of constructive activities. Some of these include playing basketball, pool, lifting

weights, watching TV., listening to the radio and other such recreational activities. But it

is not all fun and games, most prisons nowadays offer full high school and college

courses to enable inmates to complete higher education, and further ready themselves to

return to the real world. Now keep in mind, of course, that prisons that offer these kinds

of amenities hold inmates charged with less-serious crimes, it is much stricter for the

higher security prisons. But having these types of amenities in prisons prevents the

“processing” of inmates and spitting out a waste of a human life when they get out.

Another reason that these amenities are a good idea to keep can be found simply

by observing a kindergarten classroom. In the same way kindergarteners are managed by

the teacher by regulating there playtime in exchange for doing all there work, prisoners

are managed by a powerful tool, recreational time. Talk to anyone who has ever read a

book, seen a movie and you’ll hear horror stories of what goes on in prisons like fights,

raping, drug use, and even deaths. Well recreational activities prevent a lot of this kind of


Now, some of you might say that, Hey, these are convicted prisoners, why should

they get to do things that I get to do, or more importantly, get a free education. And those

are sound arguments, but they are still human beings that made mistakes. And isn’t our

country based on the idea that everyone makes mistakes, and all but a very few can

change. And in all fairness isn’t it also unfair that you still have to pay for public schools

out of your taxes, even if you don’t have any children.

As it was once said, “In prison, you either get busy living, or get busy dying,” and

it is very true in many aspects. Less than fifty years ago prisons were horrible, and human

rights were virtually nonexistent. Nowadays, by arming our prisons with these amenities

they will be able to battle the common wasting away of a human life in prison, by

educating them and not letting them sit around with stress and tension building all day.

And it is also a good policy for correctional officers too, because the more idle inmates

you have, the more dangerous it is for the officers.

I hope that by listening to me, as I have listened to the people, you will find my

reasoning just, and for the good of the people.