Not much to add to this message. Think your tough? Think your bad and that you are makin' a rep? Think your boys will be loyal to you? I have a son doing 68 years and his FRIEND? He killed three people and he got 60 years cuz he fingered as many as he could as he was goin' down. Didn't even have to tell the truth, didn't even have to make sense....he just gave the man what he asked for. Now my son is payin' for something he didn't do....just trusted the wrong boy and lost his freedom for it.
I have written several articles on the over-use of Solitary Confinement in America. I have spoken about the fact that everyday in America there are thousands of youth being held in Solitary Confinement. There are times when I become impatient because of the slow process of change. Sometimes i want to stand and shout from the roof tops because I think no one is listening. Then someone like Richard Ross comes along and with an impassioned fervency takes on the juvenile in-justice system. For those of you who have never heard of Richard Ross, he is a well known photographer who spent time going around the country, taking photographs of juveniles in detention facilities, prison facilities and solitary confinement. He has a web site called juvenile-in-justice which depicts his work and makes it available to institutions and organizations around the world. His pictorial is graphic, stark and eye-opening. Now Mr. Ross will be photographing his own time spent in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility.
I know many who have spent time in solitary confinement. Some for days, some for months, and some for years. It is a harrowing experience. The people who are held in these conditions are even more at the mercy of their captors. Their time in solitary is usually aggravated by guards who alter the temperature of the cell by making it either too cold or too hot. Guards control the light in the cells and so they mess with the minds of the captives by adjusting the amount of time the lights are on so that the captive looses all sense of day and night and the passage of time. Guards take food from their trays so that the inmates are hungry or they will give them inedible food. Guards will hold mail, keep the captive from bathing regularly and keep them from leaving their cell to exercise. Visiting is limited and only allowed through plexi-glass or via camera. Phone time is limited. Guards have total control and they use it.
Solitary Confinement of youth, the confinement of youth in detention facilities and prisons, and the prosecution of youth as adults is a heinous crime against humanity. The United States is the worst offender of all and by this, condones torture in it's own back yard..
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