Should the federal government be solely responsible for operating prisons?

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I think it is important for states and localities to make their own choices regarding laws. It wouldn't make sense for states and counties to have laws and send the offenders to federal prisons. So it follows that if states are going to be able to have their own laws,...

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I think it is important for states and localities to make their own choices regarding laws. It wouldn't make sense for states and counties to have laws and send the offenders to federal prisons. So it follows that if states are going to be able to have their own laws, they need their own prisons too.
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Clearly, you can argue this either way.  I will argue that the federal government should be in charge of running all the prisons.

The main reason for this would be fairness and equity.  Under the current system, various states can have widely divergent prison systems.  Some states can keep their prisoners in much harsher conditions than others, for example.  This, it would seem, is unjust.  A person's punishment should not depend on the jurisdiction in which he or she committed the crime -- the prison in which the sentence is served should have the same conditions, regardless of the state.  For that reason, one can argue, a prison system run solely by the federal government would be superior to the system we know have.

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I tend to think that some local control and decision making is likely a better thing than oversight or management at the federal level for all of the prisons in the United States.  Of course, I'd rather have the federal government manage and run all the prisons than private corporations, but choosing the lesser of two evils isn't always my favorite.

Though it is difficult in today's world run almost entirely by legal minutiea, it would be helpful to have people running prisons who know the community in order to help make appropriate decisions regarding parole, etc., and having some familiarity with prisoners and police, etc., would also lead to better management of prisons.

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