I received a disturbing e-mail from the MumiaNYC website stating the intention of Governor Cuomo of New York to reduce the days that NY State would allow prisoners in maximum security prisons to receive visits from friends and family. This is a brutal and heartless way to treat human beings.
Even if a person is so perfect as to be cooly judgemental of those who have committed crimes, can they feel the same about the families, and particularly the children, of these people? Don’t these innocent people deserve the opportunity to spend time with their family members who have already been denied their basic freedom and civil rights?
Especially now, in this time of greedy and selfish obsession with personal desires and ignorant hatred of those who are “different”, we need to get back in touch with compassion. We’re slowly (maybe not so slowly) devolving further into an uncivilized society of possession-obsessed gluttons who can’t seem to differentiate between needs and desires. (One need not look any further than the abomination of the 2016 election to see how far into an abyss of insanity we’ve fallen).
Additionally, we have become infatuated with forcing those with the courage to be themselves to conform to our narrow-minded vision of what is acceptable and to punish those who refuse this mental slavery. This mentality is most obvious in how we deal with those who are incarcerated. We don’t need to empty our jail cells to show a modicum of compassion as a society, but we do need to refuse to be as savage as we think our criminals are.
Brutal punishment has rarely proven to be effective in encouraging people to see the error of their ways. It’s more likely to increase anger and lead to further dysfunctional behavior. We should not expect our prisoners to acccept a life of unusual punishment and believe it will not affect our youth (or our psyche as a nation). It’s delusional, as well as immoral.
If we accept this type of behavior by those who are expected to lead us, to where will we allow them to lead us?
Governor Cuomo has just proposed to limit visiting at New York State
maximum security prisons to 3 days a week instead of the current 7.
If passed, this measure will be awful for thousands of max prisoners.
PLEASE email or write to Governor Cuomo opposing the cutback in
visiting hours at NYS max prisons.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
The Governor talks a good line about compassion and reducing mass
incarceration, but this proposal will seriously escalate suffering and
family disruption. Under the current 7-day system, weekend visitors
(many are women with young children) often wait 2-3 hours to see their
loved ones. With reduced days, the wait will be longer, the visitor
rooms more crowded, the visiting days and hours even more
limited. This will be terrible for everyone and impossible for many.
More information about this initiative is attached, along with what
you can do to help stop it. But if you can only do one thing, PLEASE
EMAIL OR WRITE THE GOVERNOR TODAY!
Thank you from David Gilbert!
and from me,