Having been inspired by JDs thread on fixing the death row issues, I propose the the same debate on Prison Reform. The USA has more prisoners per capita than any other country, the cost is astronomical, it needs to be fixed in the worst way. So, I am asking for suggestions on how to fix it. My thoughts, the prisoner base is merely WASTED manpower, I would like to see; 1. Road/chaingang work crews, cleaning and maintaining roads,etc. Any work that needs to be done,period. Prisoners can be fitted with a collar, that if they try to leave the work area they recieve a shock similar to a tazer,with repeated attempts resulting in increased voltages. That should keep the from running off! Oh and there is no pay/compensation for their work. 2. In the prisons, do away with personal property, no cable tv, no radios, the only entertaianment allowed would be newspapers. 3. Frivolous law suits are not permitted, they cant sue because their toilet paper is scratchy. 4. Prisoners are housed in a 10x10 cell. 3 hots and a cot, thats it. NO general population, all prisoners are either in thier cells or on work details. The previously mentioned collars can be used so that if another inmate gets too close to another inmate they both get zapped. That's all I got for now, any other thoughts? I know these suggestions don't reduce the # of prisoners, but prison would no longer be so...accomodating?