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Why Do Prisoners Live Better than Most Americans?


A mocking letter was written to a newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina. This letter wouldn’t have received so much outrage if it’s author were a different person in a different circumstance. The author of this letter was 50 year old death row inmate, Danny Hembree Jr..

This inmate, I will only refer to him as that from here on out, shows a blatant disregard for our justice system and shows no remorse for the life of young Heather Catterton, whose life he took. He is also accused of killing two other women. In the letter the inmate wrote he stated he lived a lavish lifestyle. He also wrote, “Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C., reading, taking naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day,” The inmate went on to say. “I’m housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7.” On top of the out right assholish statements he wrote, he also said his lawful murder probably wouldn’t happen and that he would die of natural causes in prison.

Outside of all things he wrote he also added this snide remark “I laugh at you self righteous clowns and I spit in the face of your so called justice system. The state of North Carolina has sentenced me to death but it’s not real.” I am absolutely against the death penalty, except for in a few cases like serial child molesters, serial rapists, and serial killers. In fact I signed on Monday a petition to end the death penalty in California. In this case though, I think the inmates death sentence should be expedited and he should be buried with an unmarked grave and forgotten by society forever. He has no place in my America. He has no place in your America. However, because there is a system that is poorly ran he gets to receive many things that many Americans have to go without.

I don’t understand something. It used to be that prisoners had to work in chain gangs and in ditches on the side of the road but, because some judge deemed that work cruel and unusual punishment these inmates get to live better than many Americans. Congress has allowed the people who have played their part in making America unsafe to live not necessarily nice life’s but they receive free health insurance. My family and I, or any one in a similar situation, can’t get free health insurance but, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and thieves get free health insurance. How does that make sense? I’m thinking I should go rob a bank so I can get a free physical and dental exam.

Where did we go wrong and make prison bearable? Prison is supposed to be depressing and frightful, you’re supposed to never want to go back to jail but the way it’s been depicted by this inmate it’s kind of clear why most felons end up back in prison. Our prison system is in dire need of a reform. In California, in 2006 it cost about 45,000 dollars a year to house an inmate. Where does that even begin to make sense? The government spends more money housing an inmate than the average American makes in a year.

That’s backwards isn’t it? But that’s the America you and I live in. People who have done wrong get rewarded and the people struggling to get by get forgotten. We need to do something and fast. If not we’re going to be suffering the repercussions for a long time to come.

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