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Voluntary Prison

Because sometimes willpower isn't enough
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For one specific type of problem this exists already as a rehab clinic.

But what if you want to do something positive but can't stick at it for very long? Need to lose weight? Want to write a book? Get a degree?

The 'prison' would be nicer than most, but would still be pretty basic, with as few distractions as possible to allow you to focus on your particular goal.

The sentence you give your elf would be 'until x is achieved or y months, whichever is sooner'.

You would have to pay for your incarceration but due to its beneficial nature I imagine that it could get tax breaks or a government subsidy.

marklar, Mar 09 2008

Similar idea but no reason Prison_20volunteers
Let people go to prison if they want to. [marklar, Mar 09 2008]

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       I would go for life +
zeno, Mar 09 2008
  

       a bit like a monastery, then?
pertinax, Mar 09 2008
  

       mmmmmmmm... fresh meat...
ConsulFlaminicus, Mar 09 2008
  

       No need for it to be spartan. All you need is an environment where you can't do whatever it is you want to quit doing. The problem is that such a system is still dependent on the willpower of the incarceratee to remain there, since you can't imprison someone even if they ask you to (as I understand it).   

       Possibly some kind of forfeit system, wherein you pay a huge deposit which is forfeit if you decide to check out.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2008
  

       Who would I have to stick a shiv into to get solitary?
stoaty, Mar 09 2008
  

       I thought that there were rehab clinics you could force yourself to stay in. Or you could sign yourself in as mentally unfit and sign over responsibility to a trusted family member. All open to abuse of course.   

       I'm sure there's a country somewhere that would allow it.
marklar, Mar 09 2008
  

       I've often thought of just this thing. Kind of like a boot camp for whatever you want to do. Even something like a 4-year engineering degree, which is fairly full-on as far as undergrad degrees go, could probably be knocked over in 18 months or less in saturation conditions.   

       I'd sign up tomorrow to learn latin, german, italian and get my masters. Give me say, 12 months. Maybe 18. Bun-diddly-bun-bun.
Custardguts, Mar 09 2008
  
      
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