Source: U.S. Senate
quote: Prisons are overcrowded because people don't fear being there enough, because we've made them into resorts better than the standard of living the convicts had outside.
quote: This is similar to what you wrote, except no, prisons are overcrowded because of the factor that more people commit crimes and more are caught. Getting the word out that certain crimes won't even be punished with more than a better job than a person already had, would merely create another incentive to being a criminal.
quote: Community service has always been a sentence that courts can pass on as a "punishment". With hackers it would be a lot like that - they would be performing a service to the country without the option to refuse. Who is the idiot who suggested they'd be getting paid a salary and have freedom to do what they want while serving out their sentence?