My knowledge of the justice system is close to none-existant.I have no criminal record and it's not something that normally interests me.Still , I was wondering about a specific aspect of prison sentences and I wanted to have some feedback on the issue.Why does the justice system , from my limited perspective , never seemed to care about how tough the life in jail will be for prisoner X compared to prisoner Y? I do not want to accept arguments such as "if you're willing to do the crime , you should be willing to do the time" or "if you don't want to suffer in prison then don't commit a crime". Suppose a very weak person , both physically and mentally , blue collar worker , is sent to a very tough prison for 10 years.Suppose a 250 lbs gang member that has a very heavy record of violence , is sent to a tough prison for 15 years.Suppose they are convicted for the same crime X in an extremely similar situation and the gang member gets an additionnal 5 years because of his record (very basic and naive exemple on my part). From that exemple , the justice is saying to the weak person: If you do X , we'll sent you to a place where you will get repeatedly raped , beaten , intimidated , possibly stabbed or killed , and we'll make sure you stay in that place for 10 years and by the way , no , we probably won't help you if you do get repeatedly raped , beaten ... etc ... even if you tell our staff , because we don't politically care all that much about the human rights in prison since the voters do not care about prisoners. But then the justice is saying to the gang member: If you do X , we"ll sent you to a place where you'll have to fight for your survival but where you will have some strong guys of your gang helping you deal with the power struggles.We'll sent you to a place you were prepared (and probably preparing) for and where you have a decent chance at being at the top of the population's hierarchy. Without downplaying the extremely cruel reality of being trapped in a prison for many , many years (and potentially life) which is imposed on all prisoners , I think there's a difference between the gravity of punishment from one prisoner to the next and the difference is quite extreme.Anybody got some thoughts on this?