Felons do pick up trash, cut grass, fix streets, maintain city lights, signs, clean municipal buildings, do KP in the Senior Nutrition Centers...
In most small towns down this way more guys wearing INMATE on their shirt do government work than free folk. It has been a blessing for cash strapped towns, and counties here though laid off guys might not think so.
Now I don't think most citizens would appreciate multiple murderers, child molesters, rapists, insane criminals mowing the grass outside the library or day care center, but plenty minor felons sure are. One day when I went to town all but one man digging up the street to repair a broken water line had INMATE on his back, to include the backhoe operator.
And wonder why it is that they turn back to crime in order to make ends meet.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
And they could do so much more! If they choose a life of crime the they choose a life of work. Nothing stops misbehavior better than manual labor. They could join construction crews and help carry heavy objects. They could work as cheap labor in factories to help bring industry back. I always say you can't compete with a nation that employs children for 50 cents an hour. Sure you can, employ prisoners for free! As for the repeat rapists, if a batch of them get public execution, it will stop for the most part.
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." : Stephen King
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." Thomas Jefferson