As a realist I already know that this will influence/change nothing at all. But if someone sees it, and uses a piece of it in some action then maybe we will step forward. Oh yeah, I am your basic undereducated middle aged white guy that probably doesn't get it. I am neither republican nor democrat (republicrat). I don't follow any particular party on the grounds that if I aint perfect, they sure as hell caint be. LOL This particular rant is on Crime and Punishment in the USA. It is intended to apply at the federal level. I can't imagine trying to straighten out fifty criminal codes. We need to empty the prisons first. The only guys/gals I am interested in locking up are the violent. That's right, if you didn't actually commit a violent crime, you are outta there!!!! Oh yeah, if the results of your crime had the same effect as a violent crime, then you are not outta there, sorry. Case in point; You stole 100 grand from a pension fund. Granny Smith, who depended on the fund for income, died from malnutrition when the fund stopped paying out. Stealing the 100 grand had the direct effect of killing Granny. Ergo, you are still incarcerated. In order to be released, all you need to do is repay your "debt" to society. Since we are emptying the prisons, you will be subjected to an objective formula. The dollar value of your crime times 1.5. So if you stole ten bux, the majic number is now 15. Basically you are paying restitution on what you stole plus half again in penalty money. Then add the court costs. You are outta there. There would instantly be a whole new industry. Bail Bondsmen would pay your society debt to the court (who disburses the restitution to the victim). This clears the cells. In the future, those who cant pay up immediately go to work for the Government at hard labor for minimum wage. Picture this: The defendant will rise. Having been found guilty of interstate commerce fraud valued at 7000.00 you are ordered to pay 10500.00 restitution to the court for disbursement to your victims plus court costs. If you cannot immediately pay, the court will disburse funds in restitution and assume the primary role for your payment. In this event you will serve at hard labor in the rock quarry at the federal work facility. You will receive the federal minimum wage, minus appropriate room, board, and security fees. If our boy above nets 6.00 US per hour times 12 hours per day: It will take about 145 work days for him to pay his debt to society. He lives in a bay type barracks and does nasty work for half of every day. The gov could outsource his labor and make two killings. To those who would say this is nothing more than slavery, I offer two answers. 1. Yup, and yer point is............ or 2. We can give him the option of being incarcerated with the violent felons, no work there. Now the guys left in prison need to be punished. I really believe that no less than 75 percent of any prison sentence should be brutish, nasty, ugly, vengeance. Why? Cuz obviously they got the "do unto others" part down. Now we do unto them. Ask me if I care about inmate on inmate violence? Nope, remember, these are the violent. Ask me if I care about them dying in prison. Nope. Odds are they either killed, or contributed to someone's violent suffering. So if one wishes to make another his bitch, so what? BTW, I believe in a death penalty enacted if your crime caused a death. So, if we put the federal death row in it's own place, the actual prison can focus on punishment of those who didn't kill. Lastly, the sentence is always a rock bottom minimum of twenty-five years. I have two eminently logical reasons for this. First, is that if you commit a crime of violence at the age of 20, you will be 45 upon release. A forty-five year old is physically and mentally less likely to commit another act of violence. He will pose less of a physical danger as he is far past his prime. Secondly, a minimum 25 year sentence for violence will bring back the original power in the phrase "making a federal case out of it". Simple incarceration, no matter how violent, hasn't worked. It creates a smarter, more able killer. By removing the non-violent we tell them and society that as long as they make good on the crime we will take them back. By moving the violent to their own institution we tell them that if they want to behave like animals, so-be-it, welcome to the zoo. At 25 years minimum we are slapping some with overkill. But it will send a message. Most violent offenders are not federal offenders so the prison population funded via the IRS will diminish.