August 1, 2017

Sessions puts general in charge of America's civilian prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he has named an Army general to be in charge of the U.S. federal prisons system.

Gen. Mark Inch, who had served as a military policeman and recently as head of Army Corrections, was named the director of the Bureau of Prisons. Inch is “uniquely qualified” to head up the federal prisons system, Sessions said.

Inch was previously responsible for detainee operations in Kabul, Afghanista

1 comment:

Tom Puckett said...

To a hammer everything looks like a nail... in this case, is an empty prison a good prison?

Keep prisons out of private hands. When a huge industry depends on keeping prisons full for its jam, let along bread and butter, all kinds of petty infractions will be listed to help it do so.

Spend the money on rehabilitation and half-way houses, instead.

Thanks, Tom
From WikiPedia
The concept known as the law of the instrument, otherwise known as the law of the hammer,[1] Maslow's hammer (or gavel), or the golden hammer,[a] is a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."[2]
The concept is attributed both to Maslow[3] and to Abraham Kaplan,[4][5] although the hammer and nail line may not be original to either of them. It has in fact been attributed "to everyone from Buddha to Bernard Baruch". Mark Twain has sometimes been credited with it, though it cannot be found in Twain's published writings.[6] Under the name of "Baruch's Observation", it has also been attributed to the stock market speculator and author Bernard M. Baruch.[7]

Sharlyn Lauby has drawn the following lesson from the law: "We need choose the tools we work with carefully." Some tools are adaptable, while others should be employed "only for their intended purpose".[8]

The English expression "a Birmingham screwdriver" meaning a hammer, references the habit of using the one tool for all purposes, and predates both Kaplan and Maslow by at least a century.[9]

In 1868, a London periodical, Once a Week, contained this observation: "Give a boy a hammer and chisel; show him how to use them; at once he begins to hack the doorposts, to take off the corners of shutter and window frames, until you teach him a better use for them, and how to keep his activity within bounds."[10]