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(PennLive)   "So you as an inmate think you are going to win $1.3 BILLION in a lawsuit? Stop wasting my time"   (pennlive.com) divider line 6
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2013-06-15 03:19:10 PM
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Benevolent Misanthrope: BarkingUnicorn: Inmates need hobbies more than regular folks.

They need farking JOBS.  Filing legal actions is their hobby.  Having worked in prisons, I can say unequivocally - these folks are criminals and they spend most of their time sitting around thinking up ways to fark with anyone in authority.  IMHO, they should be required to work, at a job appropriate to their physical capacity, no exceptions, and if they file a frivolous lawsuit, their sentence gets doubled until they're in for life, at which point the last step is loss of a chance at parole.

But then, I'm a realist.


The trick is balancing that with the need to prevent them from being a source of exploitable labor because the warden's brother needs a bunch $1/hr laborers because he's too cheap to pay the local Mexicans $8/hr. I know a lot of prisoners work in activities that are focused on the prison itself; it seems like more might be able to be done on that front but I don't have insight into that world. In your experience, how many of the jobs that are currently done by contractors could instead be done by prisoners?

/Of course they also need to release hundreds of thousands who probably don't belong there in the first place, but that's another discussion.
2013-06-15 09:26:32 PM
1 votes:

doglover: Disgusting. There should be no prosecutorial immunity. You fark up as a prosecutor, you should be liable personally


Great idea, except nobody in their right mind would ever ever ever be a prosecutor, just like nobody in their right mind would be a judge if there were no judicial immunity. And society as we know it couldn't function if there were no judges and no prosecutors.

The low-percentage example: Someone is arrested and charged with a crime. The evidence against him is overwhelming. His defense is that he was framed, but there is little to no evidence of that. The prosecutor believes that he did it, and in the end, so does the jury. The defendant is convicted. Years down the road, new evidence comes to light, and it turns out that the defendant was framed. The defendant is innocent. This is an utterly horrible clusterfark. And the state should pay compensation. But if you let the defendant sue the prosecutor and/or the judge personally, are you also going to let him sue the jurors, who saw the evidence and believed the same thing beyond a reasonable doubt? Do you really believe that anybody is going to be willing to be involved in any part of the justice system -- let alone become a prosecutor of a judge, and maybe handle hundreds of cases over the course of your career -- if the consequence of an honest human farkup in any one of those cases is "you lose all your retirement assets and you go to prison"?

The high-percentage example: Someone is arrested and charged with a crime. The evidence against him is overwhelming. His defense is that he was framed, but there is little to no evidence of that. The prosecutor believes that he did it, and in the end, so does the jury. The defendant is convicted. The defendant is, in fact, guilty as hell. But he can still file a lawsuit against the judge and the prosecutor and maybe the jury. He has little or nothing to lose; he's already in prison, and he probably has few or no assets. But the judge and the prosecutor and the jury do have something to lose. So in order to be safe, they have to hire attorneys and pay legal fees. And again, if you're a prosecutor or a judge, you're going to handle hundreds of cases over the course of a long career -- and every one of them is likely to turn into one of these lawsuits. Even if you never lose a single suit, the legal fees are going to grind you into dust. (And if you say "well, the state can provide you with an attorney" -- are you going to be comfortable letting an attorney paid by someone else handle the case, when the consequences of failure are going to come out of your pocket?)

Finally, an important point: Prosecutorial immunity and judicial immunity only mean that the prosecutor/judge can't be hit with a civil suit. If a prosecutor is being evil rather than fallible -- if he's intentionally falsifying evidence, etc. -- and that comes to light, then he can and often does get criminally charged, and even go to prison, just like you want him to.
2013-06-15 04:44:08 PM
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Fogal and Mills have "absolute prosecutorial immunity" from Manning's claims, Jones concluded. He said Manning "has not tendered one single factual allegation" against the government defendants, and in any case the state is immune from such suits.

Disgusting. There should be no prosecutorial immunity. You fark up as a prosecutor, you should be liable personally.

For example, those guys who've been falsely imprisoned for 25 years? Their prosecutor owes them 25 years of their, the prosecutor's, income. You don't have that in savings? It comes out of assets starting with cars and houses and suits.
2013-06-15 03:25:43 PM
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Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Benevolent Misanthrope: BarkingUnicorn: Inmates need hobbies more than regular folks.

They need farking JOBS.  Filing legal actions is their hobby.  Having worked in prisons, I can say unequivocally - these folks are criminals and they spend most of their time sitting around thinking up ways to fark with anyone in authority.  IMHO, they should be required to work, at a job appropriate to their physical capacity, no exceptions, and if they file a frivolous lawsuit, their sentence gets doubled until they're in for life, at which point the last step is loss of a chance at parole.

But then, I'm a realist.

The trick is balancing that with the need to prevent them from being a source of exploitable labor because the warden's brother needs a bunch $1/hr laborers because he's too cheap to pay the local Mexicans $8/hr. I know a lot of prisoners work in activities that are focused on the prison itself; it seems like more might be able to be done on that front but I don't have insight into that world. In your experience, how many of the jobs that are currently done by contractors could instead be done by prisoners?

/Of course they also need to release hundreds of thousands who probably don't belong there in the first place, but that's another discussion.


Lots of things are done by contractors that could be done by prisoners, but usually it's because they handle tools that would be dangerous for prisoners to access.  As for non-exploitation... WTF?  I didn't say they should get paid.  Let 'em earn $1 an hour.  Of course the usual conflict of interest and misuse of state resources laws should be in effect, to avoid the brother-in-law situation.  But yeah - give them construction jobs.  Masonry, carpentry, farming to produce as much of the prison's food supply as possible (BONUS - fresh vegetables on the table), basic scut-work.  This is not a vacation  This is prison.  You should not want to go back.

And I agree about the number of people actually there, too.
2013-06-15 03:24:52 PM
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Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Benevolent Misanthrope: BarkingUnicorn: Inmates need hobbies more than regular folks.

They need farking JOBS.  Filing legal actions is their hobby.  Having worked in prisons, I can say unequivocally - these folks are criminals and they spend most of their time sitting around thinking up ways to fark with anyone in authority.  IMHO, they should be required to work, at a job appropriate to their physical capacity, no exceptions, and if they file a frivolous lawsuit, their sentence gets doubled until they're in for life, at which point the last step is loss of a chance at parole.

But then, I'm a realist.

The trick is balancing that with the need to prevent them from being a source of exploitable labor because the warden's brother needs a bunch $1/hr laborers because he's too cheap to pay the local Mexicans $8/hr. I know a lot of prisoners work in activities that are focused on the prison itself; it seems like more might be able to be done on that front but I don't have insight into that world. In your experience, how many of the jobs that are currently done by contractors could instead be done by prisoners?

/Of course they also need to release hundreds of thousands who probably don't belong there in the first place, but that's another discussion.


Hey, you too stop being rational. This is a Fark thread.
2013-06-15 03:18:13 PM
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Benevolent Misanthrope: BarkingUnicorn: Inmates need hobbies more than regular folks.

They need farking JOBS.  Filing legal actions is their hobby.  Having worked in prisons, I can say unequivocally - these folks are criminals and they spend most of their time sitting around thinking up ways to fark with anyone in authority.  IMHO, they should be required to work, at a job appropriate to their physical capacity, no exceptions, and if they file a frivolous lawsuit, their sentence gets doubled until they're in for life, at which point the last step is loss of a chance at parole.

But then, I'm a realist.


Stop that. Nobody wants to hear your rational solutions.
 
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