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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