If you want to know everything that is wrong with our prison system, just look at this paragraph from a NY Times story on Martha Stewart:
Was the conviction of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators worth the effort?
For her, “the last five months in Alderson, West Virginia has been life altering and life affirming,” Ms. Stewart gushed in a statement on her Web site on Friday. She added, “Someday, I hope to have the chance to talk more about all that has happened, the extraordinary people I have met here and all that I have learned.”
Prison, it seems, was a good thing. And that could present a problem for criminal law enforcement.
Punishing wrongdoing, the theory goes, has two primary goals: to penalize the wrongdoer and to deter potential wrongdoers. But in Ms. Stewart’s case, it is not clear that either goal was achieved.
Prison shjould have THREE primary goals: