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Comments on Wednesday 2 October 2002:
Somewhat related and a bit more vague - optional prisons for people who haven't committed a crime. An optional prison would provide similar life-sustaining materials to those offered by a normal prison, and allow access to a certain level of working materials - out-of-date computers, a library, a machine shop, and so forth. Occupants of the optional prison may leave at any time, with the cost of their stay billed to them later in a similar manner to student loans. It could prevent crimes of desperation, provide time for self-education for those willing to work to learn but unable to get tuition, provide a block of undisturbed time for people to write a book or a piece of software, and so forth. And it would be cheaper to operate than a normal prison, since it would need only loose security. In essence, a little bit like university with campus accommodation, or perhaps like medieval monasteries. What have I not considered that makes this a bad idea? [06:10]

RavenBlack
Monasteries, I realise, is probably a better analogy than prisons. Non-religious monasteries, where you can learn whatever you want, not just Shaolin kung-fu. Though Shaolin kung-fu would be nice too. And zombies.

Tom
I draw the line at zombies learning kung-fu. Bits would fall off.

C. Copperpot
Hraaahhh! *CRUNCH!* *SNAP* Urrrrrgggggh....

Kevan
Mm, essentially an agnostic monastery and homeless hostel - be good if you could get it running pretty much self-sufficiently. I'm not sure whether the lack of a revered by-the-book belief system would cause it to crumble apart, though, being overridden with individual's opinions on things. Depends what entry criteria you impose, perhaps.

RavenBlack
Or no entry criteria, but residence criteria. Anyone's allowed in, but you'll have to break bricks with your head if you make a noise in the silent zones. To exaggerate an example.

bluejoh
If it worked like Ford Open Prison then I would definitely go for it!
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