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My opinion about the text “It’s a hard life” in our textbook

April 11, 2010

First of all, I think we have to remember that the prisoners in Bastoey Island are people selected by the authorities –if these people were aggresive, they would not  be allowed to live there. And, on the other hand, you need a lot of money to build a prison like that –Norway has more funds than Spain to start such a plan.

Thus, in my opinion, these kinds of prisons will be an excellent idea… if you have more money o less unemployment than Spain has. What do I want mean? If Spain had more funds, it would be possible to make plans about that, but, unafortunately, the crisis does not allow to try that .

In addition, the prisoners are considered “bad people” by society in general. Supposing the government spent public money on that sort of prisons, would most people support it? I do not know, but, maybe, assuming the crisis finishes and the nation can solve its financial problems, it would be possible to spend more money on new concepts of prisons.

To sum up, I really think it is a good idea to build places like these, but, apart from money, we need a change of mentality: if a lot of convicts changed their attitudes for the best, why should not we change ours as well?

What is your opinion?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. esterot permalink
    April 13, 2010 12:06 am

    Hi Carles!,

    Perhaps it’s right what you say. Possibly, if those people had commited very serious crimes they wouldn’t be in that kind of prison.
    It would be a great idea to build prisons like that, but if I were the mother of someone who had been killed or violated I wouldn’t like that the prisioners stayed in such a good way, I would like they payed for their acts in other kind of conditions, not in so beautiful ones.
    If society doesn’t punish them properly, they will relapse, although it depends on the person and other things.

  2. Carles permalink
    April 20, 2010 12:18 am

    I think so. I was telling about people who are serving small sentences. Another sort of crimes such as rapes or murders are different thing. It depends on: in case of murderers, maybe, you can analyze their behavior in jail, their efforts to overcome their limitations –that is to say, the possibility that they can reintegrate into society. It is very important, obviously, the number and importance of their murders and their psychological capacity. On the other hand, in case of rapists, I sincerely doubt their rehabilitation. But, my opinion is only an opinion.

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