Removal Of Faint Hope Clause Is A Concern


And of course, as many of you are aware, I have spent one or two days in a jail cell before succumbing to the reality that prison really sucks, the food is terrible and the prospects for finding mates limited to folks with names like Conrad or two browed Mike.
But one thing I do know(if anything at all) is that the faint hope clause which many people on the outside of the prison decry as being substantially unfair, is really not such a bad idea and does serve a useful purpose not for inmates in particular, but most notably for the safety of guards and other inmates(lessor offenders are tossed in with the worst of all humankind)who are often at the mercy of some of Canadas’ most notorius killers.
Offering some point of hope in those lifetime sentence situations does offer a degree of protection to staffers that cannot be gained solely through routine prison beatings at the hands of staff. This tool has been used(like a carrot dangling over ones’ head)in order to quell the legions of murderers and violent offenders into falling into line.
Although some people will state that violence is on the rise in prisons, and it might be when sanitized statistics are used to develope these theories, I can personally attest that when you compare who and what is sitting in these prisons(vast repositories of hate and anger)that the internal crime rate of prison is actually low when compared to the exploding crime rates on the streets of Canada.
We can continue to lock up and warehouse criminals for the total of their sentences, but one thing is for sure, barring crippling illness or death, these men and women offenders will soon exit those prisons afterwards.
Personally I just think it is better to attempt to “soften” those people up a bit before release(and that means utilizing tools such as the faint hope clause and parole/day parole)then it is to send someone back to a community totally unprepared and unconcerned about the welfare of the people of the communities they intend on living in.
Creating a system that takes people out of the criminal paradigm is important. Punishing people for capitol crimes is important. Sending people back into the community that care, and are prepared to contribute to society is the predominant issue. Robbing people of hope will only serve to isolate those persons even more and no one wants to live in a community surrounded by ex-convicts with no reason to care or contribute.


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