This is in response to a recent letter defending the practice of letting prisoners shop at Wal-Mart.
First, this "shopping privilege" should not even be an option. I, many other customers with whom I have spoken and the employees, all feel these prisoners should not be out shopping with the rest of the public. Whatever their crime, their punishment was to be sent to prison to complete their sentence. If they need to be mainstreamed back into society, make it a program for after they are released, and they can have someone with them one on one.
I do not feel comfortable knowing these prisoners are right there beside me. I do not know what crimes they have committed. Yes, I fear them.
If you have been in the stores when these prisoners are there, the supervision is not very good. The guards are not very close to the prisoners. If one decided to leave on his own, he could and it would not be noticed until hours later when it came time to take him back to Northpoint.