posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 12:16 PM
I live in Indiana, and the other day, I drove by the Westville Correctional Facility. Its a huge maximun security prison here. Its been featured on
HBO a couple times, and whenever theres a documentary on tv, it always seems to show up. Not a nice place by any stretch. And, its one of 4 prisons in
our state. Thats just OUR state.
I dont feel any particular sympathy towards criminals. They make their bed, theu sleep in it. But I wonder about the prison system itself. Who ever
thought that taking someone, locking them up for 10 or 20 years in a cage then releasing them is any sort of rehabilitation? It seems to me to be more
of torture than anything. It goes with out saying that there are ceratin people out there who need to be locked up and forgotten about, but to pack
them in with some 20 year old kid who sold some pot to an undercover cop, is wrong.
There is a huge move to privatize prisons. This is also a terrible idea. Now, it is no longer a form of punishment. Its a profit making machine. And,
the more money they make, the more powerfull they will become. In a cash driven society, such as ours, they will want to grow and expand as much as
possible. I'm afraid that this will open the door to levels of legal abuse, the likes we have never seen.
Am I the only one who thinks it odd that here, in America, the land of the "free" we have more people locked up than anywhere else? And the numbers
keep growing. More than half the people are locked up for some sort of drug conviction. I believe that violent offenders should be put away. They
should be treated, but still punished. But the people who are there for simple possion charges, should not be locked up for years. It is a victimless
crime. How can we be free on one hand, but then treated like children on the other? Its my body, and I have every right to do with it, what I choose.
Does a kid who was caught with a few ounces of marijuana deserve to be raped and beaten in prison for 4 or 5 years? What sort of positive impact is
going to take away from that? The pyschological scars? AIDS? Did he deserve that? We were all young once, and Im sure alot of us were not angels
either. God knows, I wasnt.
It had to take a pretty sick mind to come up with prisons. I see no good that comes from locking up people with killers and rapists. Treatment
centers? sure. Some sort of life training? right on. Nightly rapes and beatings? What do you think you are going to release into society? A
rehabilitated person, or an angry young man, who is headed down the same road. It seems to me, that they are breeding more of the same to keep the
beds filled, and the money coming in.
Theres something wrong with justice system that is profit driven, if you ask me. Any opinions?