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concentric prison

A prison with blocks arranged in successive rings
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Consider a prison where there aren't just halfway houses but many levels arranged from inside to out.

The ring that the prisoner starts on depends on the severity of the crime. After passing tests, say, of literacy, non-violence and general rehabilitation and after a certain amount of time, they earn the right to move one ring out.

Acts of violence (other than self defense) result in moving back in a ring.

The outer rings are nicer than the inner ones, having successively more privileges, (maybe bigger cells) and facilities until finally at the outer ring there is the opportunity for parole.

talldave, Sep 14 2008

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       Hmm. Well, OK, but I don't see the concentricity of the prison as significant - why wouldn't the same scheme work in a more conventional geometry? A linear prison where you move from the north to the south end, or a multistorey prison where you move up and down, or just a regular building where you have more and less secure/harsh areas?
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 14 2008
  

       Good point MB.   

       The reasons aren't too strong, but here they are.   

       The barriers from escape of each ring provides security for the next ring in.   

       The other one is a bit more abstract: It is a sort of metaphor for moving outwards and back into the world.   

       The idea of "rings" need not be terribly literal. They could be concentric squares or hexagons or octagons.
talldave, Sep 14 2008
  

       It could have an interesting social aspect: you don't want your serial-killers mixing with the unpaid-parking-ticket violators so exercise yards could be between rings and only those rings adjacent would be able to use them... Hmm, or more likely, "time until release" rings.
FlyingToaster, Sep 14 2008
  

       Sort of Dante-esque
hippo, Sep 14 2008
  

       Maybe you'd need the worst on the outside, where the circumference is bigger?   

       Reminds me of Silent Hill.. spooky rotating prison where people are tortured...
Bcrosby, Sep 14 2008
  

       Both Dante-esque and very similar to the prison of the "Princess Bride" book. The "pit of dispair" has many levels in the book.
MisterQED, Sep 14 2008
  

       Concentric rings, hmm... Are we talking about the Pentagon?   

       // It could have an interesting social aspect: you don't want your serial-killers mixing with the unpaid-parking-ticket violators //   

       But the ticket violators could learn sooooooo much from the serial-killers. That's what happens in today's prisons.   

       What would a bunch of concentric rings look like from above? Like a target.
piwoslaw, Sep 15 2008
  

       //What would a bunch of concentric rings look like from above? Like a target.//   

       Death row in the bullseye.
Noexit, Sep 16 2008
  
      
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