The unfortunate incidence of rape in prison should not be something that we take comfort in. Something as vile as rape and murder should be disavowed for all human beings.There are essentially three different goals for punishment: deterrence, rehabilitation and retribution. I believe the state should more appropriately focus on the first two.
Hmmm, so people in prison got it made, such as Pete Rose, with giant big screen tv. Inmates get to watch HBO. Rarely will prison life will be hellish, unless it's in a maximum security prison, in which possiblility of getting rape is HIGH. Most inmates serve their time in minimu, to medium level security detention. Oh, yeah, and they have free access to legal libraries, in which get get to sue the state over every little issue, such as not providing salt for my food.
Personally, I have no problem frying the scum and think we should accelerate the process.