IFAS | Freedom Writer | March/April 1997 | prison.html

Tough love

An article in the January 1997 Communicator, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church's in-house publication, called "Let's Make Tougher Laws Against Criminals," advocated involuntary servitude for convicted felons. For example, the writer, Edward Hesson, a member of the church and the Christian Coalition of Broward County, proposed that prisoners be secured to treadmills connected to electric generators. The electricity generated by the prisoners would then be sold to Florida Power & Light. Felons would be required to stay in prison until they generated enough electricity to pay their victims. He also called for a mandatory 10 year prison sentence for drug users, and "life and a day for convicted drug dealers."

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