Yesterday the History Channel aired documentaries on several American prisons, along with a history of the concept of prisons. While I was watching, I began to wonder why the two major candidates for president never mention prison reform. So, I checked out their websites, and discovered that there is no mention of prison reform on either (unless you count Bush's "faith based-initiatives" being used in prisons). Given the sorry state of America's prison system, with its racism, inhumane living conditions, the barbaric "three strikes you're out" laws, and other major problems (visit the link for a longer list), I don't understand why this isn't a major talking point for liberals. I suspect that it's because Democrats can't afford to sound soft on crime, and Republicans are good at making any talk of prison reform sound like softness on crime. But how long can we let Republicans get away with framing the issue this way?