Crime and punishment
Punishment is the act of making someone suffer for a fault or crime. The purpose of inflicting penalty is to prevent the criminal from doing further injury to society, and to prevent others from committing the same offence.
Today's "prisoner" seems to have little to fear. Many find themselves better off behind bars than they were on the street. Modern prisons seem more like country clubs than the classic notion of "prisons".
Prisoners are supposedly "repaying their debt to society". How can they be doing that if they contribute nothing to that same society while in prison? They need to be put to work.
There's an endless number of jobs that they could be doing to benefit society at large. For example, why let trash accumulate all over the landscape just because people don't want to take paying jobs to clean it up?
We also need to repair our system of "justice". Lately too many criminals get off for nonsensical reasons such as the infamous "temporary insanity" defense or by claiming some imagined racial injustice.
Also, any person who can suffer a bout of "temporary insanity" that would cause him to commit murder should be the *first* person to be locked up - not the last. One wonders how many murders are committed by people who are already planning their "insanity" defense.