My question is what is the point of prison. But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.
Originally, I think that punishment was meant to deter crime. This was the age of corporal and capital punishment. People were very afraid of breaking the law because of the consequences.
At some point, we moved away from corporal punishment in the Western world because of the idea of rehabilitation of criminals. Now, I'll be the first to say that I think criminals can be rehabilitated in most cases, but I have a real hard time believing that it happens in prison in the US these days. So if prison isn't rehabilitating, is it at least a deterant? I don't believe it is.
So I guess my point is, what approach should we be taking, rehabilitation or deterent? Whichever one, how should it work? Because I think we can all agree that the system in place now is simply not working.