i do believe if you do the crime, you should do the time, but i am aware that there are severe problems in our nation's prisons systems in many areas. i'm of the mind that for most crimes, prisoners should be rehabilitated and educated while they're in prison, not just punished. that doesn't mean TVs and video games, but it should mean GED's and college classes they take out a special sort of loan to pay for if they show the effort. we had a near death in japan a few months ago, a marine was in the brig for fighting, got put in solitary (the "hole") for a week for more fighting, and according to the master at arms (MP's), went crazy. by their own admission, it now seems inapproriate to place a mentally ill person (he'd been seeing a psych for five weeks) in that kind of environment. point being, a good marine who was mentally ill nearly killed himself, and though much of the blame lies on his shoulders, some of it went justly to the military for not ID'ing his risk factor in this area and guarding against it. i read the following article from the village voice, about two mentally ill men who committed suicide possibly as a result of this punishment. http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0351/gonnerman.php i'm not asking for the release of prisoners such as this but don't you think there are better ways of dealing with guys who are mentally ill and are suicide risks in this situation?