Mrs. Conley, your views, as always are profound and spot on. I am of the mindset that if you treat people like competent adults, they will act like competent adults. Now, I fully understand that some of those in the prison population may not yet have that capacity, but it can be learned, earned, and trained. That is the very fabric of an advanced society, and the fabric of our society is being torn before our very eyes. That these prison administrators would not only allow, but create, these disturbing practices is appalling. It really does make one wonder what sort of mental deficiencies these people in power possess. In my own microcosm of the world, when I have let people be to do their own work, they perform it exceedingly well more times than not, and I don't spend a lot of excess energy managing every second of their days. There are those who just want to be micromanaged. I don't have time for that, and those people eventually weed themselves out of my circles. Much the same here. looking into people's internal cavities for the sake of administrative convenience, regardless of who they are, is micromanaging them on the most vile and base levels. If you are sticking your nose in their business, people will find a way to get around that nose. It's a game for them. From another standpoint, look at our community here. We have a very hands-off moderation style, and (mostly) civil conversations take place with very, very little intervention. I watch interaction on other boards (and not the usual suspects ), and the more that board is moderated, the more upheaval and drama there is. If they'd just leave stuff alone, the troublemakers eventually just go away.