I don't think it's a bad idea for first-time non-violent offenders that the judge determines might get something out of a regimented lifestyle, but I don't think the judge ought to be able to act in a vaccuum, I think they ought to offer it as an option to the convict and let them make the ultimate decision. A 4-year stint in the military where you can learn a trade or 4 years in prison where you'll become Bubba's best friend. Take your pick.
The Army - Recruiting Regulation, Army Regulation 601-210, paragraph 4-8b: "Applicant who, as a condition for any civil conviction or adverse disposition or any other reason through a civil or criminal court, is ordered or subjected to a sentence that implies or imposes enlistment into the Armed Forces of the United States is not eligible for enlistment.."
The Air Force - Recruiting Regulation, AETCI 36-2002, table 1-1, lines 7 and 8, makes an applicant ineligible for enlistment if they are "released from restraint, or civil suit, or charges on the condition of entering military service, if the restraint, civil suit, or criminal charges would be reinstated if the applicant does not enter military service."
The Marine Corps - Recruiting Regulation, MCO P1100.72B, Chapter 3, Section 2, Part H, Paragraph 12 states: "Applicants may not enlist as an alternative to criminal prosecution, indictment, incarceration, parole, probation, or other punitive sentence. They are ineligible for enlistment until the original assigned sentence would have been completed."
Join the Military or Go to Jail?
One of the ingredients necessary to maintain a strong force is to ensure that the members are volunteers. Each member knows what he is signing up for and understands the possibilities (even though some become "suprised" when ordered to fullfill that obligation).
By opening the military up as an alternative to jail time, the military would get flooded with criminals, insubordination problems, and half-hearted souls. In other words, societies messes would become our messes only they will now be armed and trained to kill. The military's role is to protect America and its interests. Not to correct societies garbage.
Last edited by MSgt; 06-20-09 at 10:14 PM.
The military isn't the town dump. If someone has committed crime that deserves jail time, send him there. If it doesn't deserve jail time, don't send him to jail.
The men in today's military are disciplined professionals, not the cast off dregs of society's rejected classes. Don't insult those men who volunteered to serve the nation by larding their ranks with losers that can't obey civillian laws.
Boot camp? Heck yeah. Military? No thanks.
I'd like the guy/gal defending my country to be top notch, shoot straight and come home in one piece. Not coming down off of meth.
Non-violent drug offenses need to be let go into programs of rehabilitation for their illness, addiction, and dependence on drugs.
Non-violent financial offenses such as fraud should relegate that criminal to minimum wage or just enough to survive, and never allowed to work around money again unless its their own.
This way the prison system and non-violent offenders don't have to have their enormous and state-wide bankrupting systems fall apart in the next 10-20 years. Less privately or 3rd party funded prisons.
Also we can greatly reduce our ridiculously high percentage of prison inmates. As it is 1 in 100 people are in jail.
I'm what Willis was talkin' bout.