Thursday, October 1, 2009

Martí on Jails

Alejandro Martí (who, incidentally, looks more than a bit like Alex Trebek) says that prison reform is urgently needed in Mexico, because prisons operate as crime schools. That's something you hear a lot in Mexico, and, although I've never set foot in a Mexican jail, I have no reason not to believe it. Aside from that, the examples of criminals running the jails are many. Given that, it makes you wonder why prison reform has never taken off politically. It's the kind of issue that transcends the deep ideological differences between the parties, and, if passed, everyone involved would be able to pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

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