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‘ I never understood why they did away with chain gangs. Bring them back to clean up the trash on the sides of the road and graffiti, too.’ laranchera

Citizen Staff Writer

The story: Incarcerating inmates is phenomenally expensive, says Citizen Associate Editor Mark Kimble, who argues that Arizona should divert money earmarked for prisons to our universities instead.

Your take: Keep them locked up, no matter how many there are. The Citizen’s online community has no sympathy for Arizona’s convicts, and seems eager to expand their range of punishment options.

Some relevant comments:

• “What about the stocks in town centers, with a good supply of rotten vegetables. Pain and shame should do the trick.” – Lionel Brough

• “(Put) each to work for their food, room and board and prison garb.” – tiebreaker

• “Let’s use Alcatraz or someplace just as nasty as a depository for the violent offenders. No remodeling, no improvements. Just drop ‘em off and let them go for it.” – towken1

• “What would make common sense is not putting junkies in prison for nonviolent offenses. I’m not talking about DUIs. I’m talking about possession offenses, especially for nondangerous drugs.” – robf





For Thursday, Jan. 29

1Scottsdale police tried to save acrobat.

2Kimble: There has to be a better way.

3Red-light cameras store video, too.

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