Yessiree, what with all the current Ponzi schemes, frauds, stock market manipulations, and other assorted high finance crimes by lowlifes, why Bernie Madoff is just the leading edge of former Wall Street BSDs who are going to prison. Given that the general public is in a decidedly angry mood about this and wants serious show trials and convictions, it’s probable dozens if not hundreds of these greedy weasels will soon be incarcerated.
And that can only mean one thing – a sudden call for prison reform from the elites. Goodness, they will squeal, while feverishly trying to figure out how to get themselves and their money to a country with no extradition for financial crimes, U.S. prisons are mean and cruel places, certainly it must be time to reform them.
And I would agree. As Amnesty International has said, prison should be where you go as punishment, not for punishment. But U.S. prisons are deliberately vicious and engineered for punishment. We have, I believe, the highest incarceration rate in the world. There are draconian sentences for minor crimes (as in California’s Three Strikes law), isolation chambers with no human contact for years on end (Amnesty calls it torture), and the official encouragement of gangs, rape, and inmate on inmate violence as a way of controlling things. It’s all quite sickening.
But if enough of the once powerful end up in prison, why all that might start to change. I hope so.