Does the “D” alongside Rep. Joe Neal’s name stand for “Dumb” or “Desperate” (“Why SC’s prison-labor programs are controversial,” Sept. 15)?
Prisoners are in prison because they were convicted of a crime. They can sit in their cells bored to tears, or they can volunteer to work. The wages they earn are in addition to room and board; this beats being bored.
Work is a privilege, not a punishment. It is voluntary; it is not slavery. Recommended viewing: “The Shawshank Redemption” or any old George Raft prison movie.
Neil J. Mahoney