a reply to: theNLBS
Thats good work Joe.
From the initiating story about the child who was incarcerated after a Skittle throwing incident, to the facts and figures pertaining to
incarceration rates in general, every point made impacted me very deeply.
The obvious connection between the privately owned prisons, and the rate of incarceration is stark in its blatancy, in the extreme. However, the
connection between what happened to the child featured in the opening story of this episode, and the incarceration rate for adults going forward, is
one which needs reiterating in terms of its importance.
This young person has been locked up for six days, without access to a lawyer, without seeing a judge. That experience will not have passed him by
with no effect, and I think that it is fair to say, that it may affect him long term. There is significant statistical evidence to support the idea
that young offenders institutions, by and large, can be just as bad for a child as getting away with whatever they might have done, because it puts
those who are genuinely on the road to a bad life, amongst those who might otherwise move on to normalcy later in life, in tight confines.
Those who seem to establish themselves as top dogs in that environment, have influence over those who are considered less of a threat, and this
places those who might otherwise have moved on with their lives, at a significant risk of being turned to a life of criminal behaviour, almost as a
defence mechanism to deal with their incarceration, and to survive contact with the genuinely dangerous and criminal youth that they are forced to
This obviously benefits anyone who is running prisons, because this inserts at an early age, an influence on themfuture behaviour of children, into
adolescence and adult hood, without which they might never become offenders. In the case of the boy who spent six days in jail, I have met children
who WERE genuinely dangerous. When I was a child, there were some actual, serious nutcases in my life, and most of them were children. We are talking
about torturers, narcissistic, sadistic bastards that liked to hurt people. They did not throw skittles to make their presence known. They would make
you bleed, throw you down, try and dominate you with pain on your part, and laughter on theirs.
How many kids in Louisianas juvenile offenders facilities are more like the child in the opening story, than the psychotic scum that I describe?
Which percentage do you suppose is larger?
I wonder how it can be allowed to continue, because to me, the connection between the prison for profit schemes, who owns them, and the over zealous
policing strategy, and the presence of that corrupt authority within the school system operating there is so glaringly obvious, that it scarcely seems
probable that anyone could allow it to carry on!