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Because of the 'nicety' of prisons, criminals who are sent rarely learn from their mistakes. Considering the crimes they commit, they are treated unusually well. They have access to television, training equipment, pornographic material, and more. Often, there is not enough work to go around, resulting in excessive amounts of free time. In many other cases, prisoners are let out early for 'good behavior,' ending up back where they were prior to incarceration, posing as a threat to anyone near them. All in all, prisons simply aren't harsh enough. People do not fear them, knowing the so-called 'consequences' that await them upon arrival. With this in mind, I propose the following legislation: Upon passage of this "No Bars Held in Prison" bill, a criminal will be (in prisons): 1. Provided with living conditions and opportunities that are no more luxurious than those which the average prisoner would have had if not incarcerated; 2.

Not provided with any prisoner benefits or privileges (including earned good time credits), less than 40 hours a week of work, unmonitored phone calls, in-cell television, possession of pornographic material, instruction or training equipment for body building, or dress other than what is standard (uniform) in the prison; 3. Will not be provided housing other than in separate cell blocks intended for violent prisoners, less than nine hours a day of physical labor, or any release from the prison for any purpose (This being, in the case of a prisoner serving a sentence for a crime of violence which resulted in serious injury to another).

Two members of Congress which would support my bill are Senator George Allen (of Virginia), and Representative Peter Sessions (of Texas). Allen fully supports forcing violent criminals to serve their full sentence with no chance of parole, as does...