Yes the state should be required to give Mr. Con a comfortable jailcell. He will get a exercise yard and equipment to build up his body. Then we can give him Cable TV and he can enjoy that TV with three square meals a day. He will get professional help to deal with his grief about a mommy who did not understand him. While getting a college degree.
Meanwhile his victim will get nothing. Their family might have a body to bury. Oh joy there. Maybe they get to hear news stories about how we need to see to the civil rights of prisoners and how they deserve even more money spent on them
May I suggest that anyone who subscribes to the myth of the "comfortable jail cell" spend August in one? In Texas, with the temperature hitting 108 and no airconditioning? No shade in the bare gravel (or rooftop) exercise yard for his hour a day out in the heat that's only slightly worse than inside? Sass the guard and the fan his family sent him will be confiscated. Yeppers, that's the lap of luxury, all right.
After a day of stamping out license plates or sewing guard uniforms, literally under sweatshop conditions, the prisoner can have an hour a day of TV--chosen by the prison staff; all his reading matter will be monitored and limited to a certain number of books or magazines a month; his mail will all be read, going and coming; any education he gets while in will be paid for by himself, his family, or someone who's taken an interest in his case. It's not subsidized by the state, and it isn't free. Any takers? Get your reservations in early, gents.
Meantime, it's not true that the victim gets nothing. If the criminal can pay restitution, he's usually required to do so as part of his sentence. If he can't, there are state and federal funds for victim compensation, victim counseling, victim education, transitional housing, resettlement and a number of other services.
I know they get in the way when you're working up a good old fashioned "criminal-coddling liberals" rant, but the facts really do matter.