I agree with Dee-Ann Dossi. We should not build a new prison ("No new prison," Forum, March 17). However, as a retired Department of Corrections professional, I feel compelled to respond to some of her statements that prison should "be punishment, not a resort stay" "a cell with a bed, sink, toilet."
I am not aware of any judge handing down a sentence of prison time and all the abuse that you can be given. The punishment is removal from society.
Inmates who have committed heinous crimes are housed in secure cell blocks 23 hours per day. Most other inmates will eventually be released and undergo programing to better prepare them for life outside.