This is the outcome of a philosophy that makes prisons as harsh and inhumane as
possible. Prisoners learn from institutionalized brutality and eventually react
the same way as they're treated. There's no doubt that at least some
of them need to be kept locked up for public safety, but confinement
doesn't have to be dangerous, abusive and inhumane. A properly-run prison
would not only make it difficult for prisoners to make and possess weapons, but
would also make it unnecessary for them to need weapons for their own safety.
The way a country treats its prisoners says a lot about the character of the
people of that country.