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Old 07-25-2016, 08:59 AM
TriPolar TriPolar is offline
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Location: rhode island
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There were a few efforts to create new chain gangs in the past few years. Actually steel cable gangs I think. Public outcry ended the efforts as I recall. The image of the brutal chain gangs from the past are still in people's minds. Brutal not just on the job, but part of a brutal practice of prison labor camps that became well known through the book and movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. I think there are plenty of prisoners who would prefer to get out and do some work strung along a steel cable if the conditions weren't awful, but even then the public is not going to like the idea. There are highway crews, but the prisoners aren't chained in any way, and as a result the prisoners eligible because they aren't dangerous or likely to escape is limited. Maybe limited to people who don't really need to be in prison anyway.