Numbers are up for prisons and down for enlistment. What better way to reform someone than giving them like a year long bootcamp? Fail to pass boot camp, go back to prison. Next. Can't we just start with nonviolent yet long term convicts by offering them a significant deduction in their prison sentence for their non-compensated service in our military? Naturally I would disagree with giving them weapons or control of any weapon systems and throwing them out on the front lines. But fortunately, I'm not certain on this number, but approximately 80% of the work done in all branches of the military are not weapon related. With time, those good men who were raised with terrible ideas and examples, who made bad choices at a very young age (as do us all) and got convicted for it, will begin to reenlist and run these boot camps and become the co's of such pre-enlisted level of service. Also, this could be an excellent way for convicts to provide for their children while serving the time for their crimes. Maybe their children could be allowed to stay with them at speacial, sentence enlistment barracks. It's the children we need to be worried about, as long as they're left out on the streets with no guidance then they will continue to make bad desicions. This also could drastically change the severity of penalty dealt out for especially non violent offenders, as in Bad Bankers. Knowing that whistle blowing on your rich boss will land him in the slammer getting god knows what done to his body vs. knowing that whistle blowing on your boss will land him in a system for much needed reform on his thought processes concerning the value of other peoples lives might be just the kind of approach we've been missing to let justice naturally float to the top where it desires and deserves to be.