Monday, December 19, 2011

What is life like to be a felon?

In Today's society being a felon is like wearing a Star of David during the Nazi occupation of Germany. As the current unemployment rate soars sky high at an exponantial rate for "normal" citizens. The unemployment rates for felons is doubled, trippled, and in some places even quadrupled.

Why is society so surprised when these people commit crimes again? They have families to feed just like you do.. and you cant even find a job. First off, if you are on probation/parole, having a job is part of the probationary protocol and if you do not have a job you are in violation of probation and often times re-incarcerated in the already over populated privately owned prison systems costing the tax $37 billion yearly. So when times are already hard for the tax payers why are the systems set up for people to fail from the beginning? Why WHY WHY? Because prisoners equal BUCKS!!!

All privatly owned prison corporation's stock are traded and valued at the amount of people (quantified as state property) currently incarcerated in their prisons. On top of that, how can the public judicial system sentence anyone to a private organizations control? With the aid of well placed lobbying of course. Stiffer penalties on drug enforcement and the ignorant arrest of people for dancing and protesting its no wonder these companies are accumulating huge fortunes. Aside from the money aspect, lets get down to how these individuals are actaully treated.

In the past decade over 500 correctional officiers have actually been charged with crimes ranging from simple assualt, to rape, and even murder of inmates. Its that age old cliche of "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". There was a famous psychological study known as the Stanford Prison Experiment where proffessor Philip G. Zimbardo tested the effects on the human psyche when put into certain environments. I quote "Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.". Gaurds began to abuse the prisoners and prisoners lost their self identity and both parties assumed the role of their new environment.

As a felon who has been to prison myself, i know for a fact the system doesn't fix behavior. When i got out, i still smoked pot everyday. I was dehumanized because i grew marijuana, not because i killed someone. The system made me worse, it made be bitter, full of hate, callus and sneakier. The system Made me hate and distrust law enforcement. Made me more conniving and evil towards people i feel deserve it. Made me less afraid of doing WORSE things to those people as well, and made me voice my opposition that much louder to anyone who will listen, anyone i can persuade against that system. On top of that, i now feel that everyone around me is out to get me, i don't trust anyone or anything. Its been almost 6 years since then . I am off probation now but only because i played the game better, smarter and didn't get caught, not because the system worked but because i became a better criminal. Life doesn't get any easier after release, actually i feel it gets even harder, because while incarcerated you have a role to fill, all your meals are given to you and you have a place to sleep. In the real world not a single damn will be given about you, or your general well being, whether you have a job or not, whether or not you can provide for your family, all because you are continuously dehumanized by a life long stigmatic title. You know that little check box on the application that asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime? I always check no. Screw the system and your judgments. Guess what, I have never even been suspected of telling that lie, proving that my past decision to break the law and grow marijuana has no bearing on my ability to do a better job then you. It just proves that i'm willing to live life my way.
GA Jackson State Super Max facility. All inmates being released from jackson will see these cells.

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5 comments:

  1. I used to be in a prison, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

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  2. I've never commited a crime, but I agree with you 100%! Americas prison system is screwed up and wrong. WRONG! Most other countrys don't do things like america does for the exact reasons you stated! I remember watching the TV show OZ (about people in jail) and hearing how most people that leave jail leave it harder and meaner then they came in!
    Thank you for telling me your story! More people like you need to come forward and speak your mind!
    You are not a real criminal! I know many who smoke pot, being from BC Canada lots of people smoke it here and cops don't care they don't waste their time! I've known mothers who smoked, bosses who smoked, old ladies who smoked!
    Check "no"! Cause you are not a criminal! You are a human being.

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  3. having been in the system I can say that there are some serious flaws....I also can say that many of those that lived that life with me were diserving of something. Maby not prison but something. What society does not understand is that if they expend some money on prevention and social programs like public outreach and drug and alcohol treatment they would save about 300 to 400% in the back end. Thank false info provided by the powers that be....

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    1. yea man you are completely correct. It sucks loads.

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