This is a question we should all ask ourselves. What is the purpose of sending a person to prison? Do we want to harm them? Do we want to be sure they are punished, stripped of humanity and demoralized? If that is our intention then what kind of person do we expect to walk out of those prison doors? Because they will all leave prison one day.
Prisons in the United States, the system, the wardens in charge of these prisons and apparently the American public seem to support punishment, dehumanization and oppression. The American public and the prison systems that it funds seek to strip every person held in prisons of their humanity and their dignity. American prisons promote harm and not rehabilitation. So the final question to ask is what makes the United States government and the citizens who support the prison system as it currently operates any better than the people they have condemned to serve time in prisons?
Every day in the United States there are violent events inside of prison. Guards through men, women and kids to the ground with their faces ground into cement floors. Every day in the United Stated there are men, women and kids held in sensory deprivation cells called solitary confinement. Every day in the United States there are men, women and kids who are humiliated, bullied and repeatedly told, through the action and atmosphere of prison, that they are worth nothing. How is this supposed to improve the behavior of anyone and how is that supposed to make our communities better?
We need to take a good hard look at ourselves and then ask if there is a better way? Most other nations do have a better way. We choose to be brutal. They choose humanitarian conditions that promote rehabilitation, wellness and success.
Please watch this clip and then join the voices for change. Warden of Attica visits The Norden in Norway.
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