Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said this week he is "flabbergasted" at some of the perks offered to prisoners behind bars.
According to the Washington Post, Carson spoke to a group of young Republicans in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday.
Carson said he has visited federal prisons, which President Barack Obama did last week — making him the first president to visit a U.S. prison.
"I was flabbergasted by the accommodations — the exercise equipment, the libraries and the computers," Carson said. The former neurosurgeon added that he was informed that "a lot of times when it's about time for one of the guys to be discharged, especially when it's winter, they'll do something so they can stay in there."
Carson then said the criminal justice system is putting too many people behind bars.
"We're not doing things the right way," he said. "A lot of people that we incarcerate don't need to be incarcerated."
When asked later about his comments during a chat with reporters, Carson went further.
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