If anyone still believes we are a civilized society, the following post from Moorbey’z Blog will wipe away your delusions of ignorance. We often hear people speak of how a civilization can best be judged by how the most vulnerable in it are treated. However, they are always referring to our disabled, children and elderly. Even those with the best of intentions fail to include our prison population. We have a strong, deeply ingrained bias against the men and women in our prisons. It’s as if we feel that it’s best to err on the safe side and assume guilt rather than getting involved and finding the truth about these severely neglected people.
Criminals! Ooh, they’re bad people. Murderers, rapists, gang-bangers. We don’t want to think about them. We just want to go to our feeble jobs, bring home our feeble paychecks, eat dinner and watch the ignorance box (some of which are as big as some apartments I’ve lived in these days). Ignorance sure can be bliss. But it can also be suicidal. Societal suicide.
We aren’t that much better than the prison guards if we continue to allow basic human rights to be kept from people that just happen to be in prison. Even if they ARE guilty. They are still our sisters and brothers and they deserve a chance to redeem themselves if they did commit a crime. And many aren’t guilty of a crime. I could go on with statistics about how often someone is finally released from prison after serving years for a crime someone else committed – even after being convicted with “evidence” from multiple eye witnesses. And worst of all, we allow people to serve life sentences for refusing to cowardly obey the brain-deadening dogma of the dominant culture. Political prisoners is a term most of us previously associated with Stalin’s Russia. Gulags. Things aren’t much different here in the good ‘ol United Snakes of Corporations. (By the way, suicides is a term used far too easily in prisons – just saying). I’ll leave the readers of this post to continue with the following eloquently written words: