Ben Carson told a group of young Republicans in Arlington, Virginia, that he's worried federal prisons may be so comfortable for prisoners that they don't want to leave.
"I was flabbergasted by the accommodations -- the exercise equipment, the libraries and the computers," he said on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
President Obama recently became the first sitting president to ever visit a federal prison--prompting Carson's reflections on his own visits to prisons in the past.
Carson claimed he had heard that "a lot of times when it's about time for one of the guys to be discharged, especially when its winter, they’ll do something so they can stay in there."
That doesn't mean he's against prison reform--"We're not doing things the right way," he acknowledged. "A lot of people that we incarcerate don’t need to be incarcerated."
"I think that we need to sometimes ask ourselves, 'Are we creating an environment that is conducive to comfort where a person would want to stay, versus an environment where we maybe provide them an opportunity for rehabilitation but is not a place that they would find particularly comfortable?'" he continued.