On one hand, people are arguing that there is no reason why prisoners should be given a special dinner, since criminals don’t deserve it, especially at the taxpayers’ expense. It should be noted, though, that extra money isn’t spent on the meal; the food is different, but it is made from the same allowance. Some people also feel that wrongdoers shouldn’t be given a treat after committing mistakes that brought them to jail.
On the other hand, there are people who are a lot more sympathetic and feel that this is a great idea. After all, aren’t prisoners people too? Aren’t they suffering enough by being alone during the holiday season, most of them not even visited by family members because partying is considered more important? Also, consider this: imagine you are arrested on a Thursday for a minor crime and although you would have your hearing the next day, the courts are busy. As such, you have to wait until after the weekend to get your point across. What about these people, who haven’t even had a trial?
In case it isn’t already evident, I feel that this is an important initiative. It is human to err, and we all know how many mistakes we make. Is it really fair to judge those who are serving time for their mistakes? It’s not like any of us are perfect.