Erm…wow. But this makes me think about all the 9GAG posts I see of Sweden or Norway’s prisons, and how beautiful they look. Heck, those prisons look better than my hostel rooms back in high school!
This also makes me think about the prison system, especially the one in the US. Nothing much to see here in Singapore; hell, I doubt our prisons are even full. But in the US, they are running out of prisons to stuff prisoners in, and a huge chunk of every state’s budget goes to building prisons and feeding prisoners. And where does this money come from? The education system. It’s ironic, given that better, cheaper education can help keep children from turning to crime, thus reducing the money needed to fund prisons. But now, it’s an admittedly slippery-slope-thinking vicious cycle where poor education leads to poor job prospects leads to crime.
I still think education should be a federal issue, but the states have too much power for D.C. to wrest control from them. Education should be the bedrock of any country’s development; the PAP made sure Singapore had a good education system, and look where we are now. But states are always squabbling with the federal government, which is great in a democratic sense, but not so good for progress. Oh well, that is their business. I’ll just sit here with my good education and whine about it despite knowing how much better it is for me than in other places, and that I should consider myself lucky to be receiving such education.
A 74-year-old ex-con said Thursday that he was hoping to return to prison by robbing a suburban Chicago bank. Walter Unbehaun, who has spent most of his adult life in jail, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for walking into a bank with a loaded revolver and no disguise, then taking $4,178 from a bank teller on Feb. 9, 2013.
The 74-year-old expressed joy at being arrested, according to police. “His first words were, ‘I just want to go home,'” his appointed attorney, Richard McLeese, told the court Thursday. No family or friends attended Unbehaun’s hearing. Boredom and loneliness apparently compelled him to try to get caught committing a crime so he could return to prison.
Unbenhaun first went to prison at the age of 23 for transporting a stolen vehicle. He has more than half a dozen convictions on his rap sheet, including escaping from prison. However…
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