Law: Working Prisons

New factories with fences

For years Chief Justice Warren Burger has been pleading for prison programs that would help turn the myth of rehabilitation into reality. In a speech last week at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he offered his latest vision of tomorrow's prisons: "Factories with fences around them." Inmates would turn out an array of goods for "reasonable compensation"; a fair amount would be deducted for room and board and the released workers eventually would take their places as more productive members of society. His plan, he said, has special urgency because the nation is expected to spend up...

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