Who do I have to kill to get satellite TV? That may be a sticky question now that some of Maryland's state prisons are adding it for the prisoner's entertainment. Is it for entertainment, or are they doing like many parents with small children do, as a babysitter? A spokesman for the Department of Corrections says it so the prisoners stay in their cells and the guards don't have to watch them. What about commercials and when there isn't crap on?
Am I paying for these people to watch satellite TV? Corrections say no, it is paid for by the prisoner's commissary and telephones. The prison commissary must have a profit margin like Exxon Mobile! I'm going to open a little shop selling Little Debbie's and tooth brushes just to watch the coin roll in! I thought the phones were all collect calls only? Did that change? Are they offering cellies at the prison boutique now?
Let's make prison a punishment again. First time in is what it's like now. Second time in is in a tent city in Western Maryland. No electricity, no running water. Third time is escaped from Hagerstown! Wall in the old prisons, turn off the power, and pull out all the guards. Escape attempts are stopped by machine guns and those winged monkeys from "The Wizard of Oz!" Let mob rule, it apparently is if they are placating them with satellite so they will behave.
Right now prison is better living for these people then home. Let's make it worse, much worse. Prison is supposed to be a deterrent, right? Let's make it less appealing then it is apparently to some. At the rate we are going we are going to spend a lot of money on prisons. Oh that's right, we already are! That's how you make it safer to work in a prison, pull all the guards out and let the prisoner's do their thing. In a few years I bet you don't have many 3 time losers, or 29 time losers like we have now! If we do, so be it.