Wow, WTF is wrong with you today Wu? First you give props to a democrat now you're actually tossing out decent solutions to problems.
I've never been in the military so I don't know how effective that idea would be or if the extra burden would be worth it. But I think it's a GREAT idea that someone could choose to serve in the military/be productive instead of rotting in a jail cell. One problem with your system is if there's a whole "branch" of the military where convicts go it will end up very much like gangs or a bunch of "cliques" who would be in charge?. I'd think they need to be separated from each other and dispersed around more.
Either way, I like the possibilities of where you going with that. Hitting like 2-3 birds with one stone.
haha I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.:all_cohol
anyway this idea of mine still needs a lot of careful planning and integration in order for it to work. but the advantages is not single sided either.
first, this idea is not applicable for everyone. if you are a mass murders, this will not be applicable to you. but on the other hand, if you are a repeated pot dealers, car thief, etc, this will be the program design for you. second, this will be applicable for those who have demonstrate good behavior during their prior terms in prison. this program will be a volunteer bases. since they will get paid just like everyone else, it will be a good incentive for people to join. on the other hand, their pay will be reduce in comparison to regular soldiers. part of their reduction will be used for keeping the program going (i.e. goes into the military branch). part of their paid will go in to their food and living expenses (so they are self sufficient). part of their paid will be their living allowance (cant give them too much money, since money management is a big issue). while the remaining amount will be saved for them so they can take it out once their term is up. this money saved is the best part of this program because once an inmate is release, they can use this money to start their own business if they want to.
I was thinking that for each of the military branches, they can all have a division such as this. the division will be controlled by regular military command, and this will be a good way to handle their logistic loads in a cost effective way. they will not be treated as inmates, but rather as new soldiers. if you think about it, there is a lot of un-tap potentials that goes in to a life of crime. for example, a guy got busted running a chop shop means that he is very good with machines. so why not put his skills in repairing Humvee and tanks. the guy who is dealing drugs obviously know how to move hot product to the right place and the right people while everyone is looking, so why not have his input with battlefield logistics. . now for a person who is charged with illegal guns position, have him deal with munition supplies or demolition specialist. since he probably have a good knowledge base of those weapons.
before the inmate is transfer to the military base for their rehabilitation training, they will be notify that they will be judge under military law. so if they decided to fuk up real bad, they are not going to face jail time and a open trial, instead they will be judge under the military law and possibility facing the firing squad. second, I wouldn't worry about the safety of the existing soldiers, because if the inmate wants to start trouble, there will be plenty of guns to put him in his place.
last if the inmate in this program will be transfer away from their home town, so they will be well isolated. for example, an inmate from LA will go to a base in fort knox or something.