After reading an article I was reminded of the movie: The Shawshank Redemption
. For many prisoners who
are set to be released from a lengthy prison stay, it can be very stressful. (Talking about the rehabilitated
.) The people who have no
inclination of ever commiting another crime. The prison system offers a man steady shelter with meals every day. They have a bed to sleep in every
night with a shirt on their back. This alone puts them in greater living conditions than many on the outside.
I direct you to this article:
Freed inmate refuses to leave jail
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- A 59-year-old German man who has spent the last 34 years in jail has turned down offers to be let out, an official said
"He rejected an offer to leave in 1992," Thomas Melzer, a spokesman for the Brandenburg state justice ministry, told Bild newspaper. "We can't do
anything if someone sentenced to life in prison doesn't want to leave."
The man, identified only as Gerold H, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1972 when the area was part of communist East
German prisoners have no obligation to agree to leave jail before their sentences have been completed.
Now this man has openly refused to reenter society. He wishes to remain incarserated and enjoy the comfort level prison offers him. I am sure that
this is a rare occurence, but I wonder how often prisoners who are released wish they could remain in prison.
Go and search for a definition of prison
. Most times you will come across correctional institution
. ...Yeah Right. Prisons are
nothing more than a con college that prey at on the weak. Those lucky enough to survive the experience and actually become rehabilitated, face a
possible harsher reality while on the outside.
Naive to think that a reformation of our prison systems would actually solve anything, but once a criminal, always a criminal
isn't a term
I'm willing to accept. I believe in the rehabilitation of individuals convicted of certain
crimes. Rapists, Child Molestors, etc., are not
grouped with criminals, they've lost all basic human rights in my opinion.
So looking back at this specific case, should the man be able to refuse to reenter society? Is it his choice to remain in prison? The argument can
be made that he has not served his full sentence, since he was sentenced to life in prison. But what of the individuals who have completed their
sentence, do they have the right to refuse freedom?
I don't see how they can remain in the prison systems and continue to have tax payers supporting them. I would not want them to be released to
simply commit another crime to be sent back to prison, but I would like to think they should be obligated to contibute something to society.