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RANDY SHAW: Prison Etiquette? Are You Kidding?

by mboyle

KREM.com

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Miss Manners is paying a visit to some inmates at the Airway Heights Correction Center and many Spokane area residents are already cracking jokes about it.

The Department of Corrections is using what it calls the "Right Living" program for about 600- minimum security inmates to get them ready to meet society once again.

The program is used in some regional drug treatment programs, teaching manners and respect and a work ethic.

Does it work? Only for a few. Associate Superintendent Rob Herzog says inmates in such program are about five percent less likely to re-offend. That means it has little or no effect on 95-percent of the inmates.

One person called me to say the manners program will mean the next time a robber holds up a convenience store it will be "Please, give me your money" as a pistol is shoved into your ribs. Or, "pardon me, may I have all your jewelry please?"

Others want to know if it only works five percent of the time... why bother?

What do you think?

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