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February 25, 2013
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Letter: Bring back community service for inmates

Inmates should earn luxuries

Will a day spa be the newest addition to our Douglas County Jail? After hearing of the kiosk to soon be added to the list of luxuries of our local inmates, I found myself wondering if our tax money would next be helping fund a day spa in the county jail. Why in the world are inmates allowed to pick and choose items from commissary as if they are at a local convenience store, one they may have robbed or shoplifted from to end up in jail?

Thinking about the luxuries our local criminals are freely receiving on a daily basis is beyond upsetting and frustrating. There are hard-working, law-abiding citizens in our community who struggle to provide what most consider essentials. Yet the common thief, addict, or sex offender can easily obtain these things at our local Hilton, I mean, jail. Hot showers, warm meals, TV, books, phone calls, clean clothes, these things are not essentials, they are luxuries.

If an inmate would like a hot shower at the end of the day, then work for it, like the majority of us do! Clean up our community. I can’t recall the last time I saw an inmate in downtown Roseburg sweeping sidewalks, pulling weeds, cleaning windows, picking up trash — you know, ”community service.”

Jail seems to no longer be a punishment, but more of a vacation from the everyday responsibilities of life. Do the crime, enjoy a hot shower and warm meal while you relax at the Douglas County Marriott, compliments of your local taxpayers.

Val Kammeyer


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