In response to comments in the Feb. 4 paper on inmates shopping at Wal-Mart, I have one main question.
Does the writer fear for the inmates or himself?
The system should take offense at his criticism of the guard. He must not understand the personal search that the inmates go through before and after anything and everything they get to do out of the normal daily routine. He is also ignorant to the fact that these men are on "outside detail" and have the ability to actually walk off if they are not determined to do their time. They have an apartment complex outside the fence and drive around the grounds to tend to the cattle, farm and all that entails. They are being mainstreamed for their release.
We all deserve a second chance to get it right. The men who shop at Wal-Mart spend their own money. They work the farm for pennies and have earned this privilege by respecting the system's rules and judgment on them without fleeing. I honestly believe these men have the desire to put it behind them and live a better life.