I read that the prison officers are up in arms at the Justice Department because of their slow approach to banning smoking in prisons. On the one hand I can understand where they are coming from, it is their place of work and they are as entitled as anyone else to be protected from passive smoke.
The reality though is that the prison is home to the prisoner and in banning smoking one of the last remaining privileges a prisoner has wil be removed coincidentally also removing one of the’carrots’ which keep a lid on the prisons.
Surely it wouldn’t be rocket science to ban smoking in communal areas but allowing the guys to continue smoking in their own cells. As usual though the Justice Department have to create kneejerk reactions without thinking them through.
I am inclined to agree with those who project that a smoking ban will indeed create much unrest, nothing is more certain and yet the Justice Department will blunder blindly forward.

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