Afraid, very afraid
Are you suggesting chain gangs - great idea, why are we still so soft on criminals, why, because we let them abuse the system and file all kinds of frivolous law suits.Prison Labor is the answer to getting our Manufacturing Base restarted in this country (as a supplemental easement strategy) while also serving to rehabilitate non-violent offenders, reduce the tax-burden, AND simultaneously make prison less of a sub-culture and non-punishment for those that are getting country club treatment.
Francon is right, the labor unions won't stand for it. I do have to agree, I don't believe prisoners should be competing against free laborers, but then making big rocks into little rocks, etc. seem perfectly justified to me.
In the spirit of openness, I must admit I do believe in corporal punishment. When we stopped being able to disciplince our children we gave up the option of keeping criminals under control. No our children are not equivelant to criminals, but, if they don't learn at an early age, if just fosters disregard for social mores and norms.