posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 08:18 PM
Inmates in a prison in the US state of Georgia are striking, demanding the justice system provide them with better medical and health care, wages,
and additional educational opportunities.
Thus far the strike has been peaceful and non-violent, with inmates refusing to do their assigned work duties, opting to leave their cells only for
food and showers.
Link to article:
This article is about a week old. The latest news on this is that officials are now meeting to negotiate with the prisoners and families. Anyway,the
subject of justice and incarceration is complex so I'm only going to address my take on a small part of it.
I think this astounding just in the fact alone that prisoners were able to set aside their sometimes staggering differences and join together in a
peaceful and intelligent manner in order to be heard. Prisoners have long been stigmatized as mostly being low-brow,self-serving,feral animals. While
this may be true in a few cases,this articles shows us that prisoners aren't all stupid and that people can change,whether willingly or by force.
In this case, I believe the prisoners had simply had enough and realized that by being socially divided,they were hurting their chances at getting
anything beneficial done for the prison system as a whole. I also think the prisoners have been hearing about how bad things are on the outside and
simply want a chance at a much-needed head-start on things for if,and when, they are released. They probably realize that the lowly jobs many of them
used to take after being released are being given to people with Ph.D.s and are scared enough by this to finally want to take charge of their lives
and start being productive.
The irony is that society has been howling for decades for inmates to do something with themselves and become more productive and rehabilitated and
now the inmates have decided to do so at what is absolutely the worst possible time economically,socially and politically,not just in America, but the
world as whole.
Even if the their demands are met, it seems highly unlikely that it will make any real difference once they get out. There simply isn't enough
time,money or political will-power left in this country to make room for them in what is now a rapidly crumbling country. I fear they will become
bitter and hateful and commit more crime to simply return back to the relative comfort and safety of their former prison routine.
No matter your take on this, I hope we can all agree on the that fact that prisoners aren't just failures to themselves or society,but society is a
failure as a whole when America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Pity and shame unto to all of us.