reply to post by MikeboydUS
I want to apologize if I came across as haughty.
It is obvious that I have had some pretty gruesome and intense experiences in the American Prison System.
So it is safe to say that, yes, I have been to prison.
More than once.
As a matter of fact, 9 different times in 7 different jails and 5 different states.
That is long ago in the past, and every single charge revolved around non-violent, victimless
Drug dependence and abuse are mental health problems and not a criminal issue.
Because if a victim cannot be presented to the court then it is not a crime but a code violation intent to generate money.
The behaviors resulting from those that need help with drug abuse can be a factor in a resulting
criminal behavior, but harm reduction through
mental health treatment will... and you mark my words... soon be the preferred model of treatment, and it will have a much higher success rate than
the 12 step model, which is about 1% to 5%. (SMART recovery has a MUCH higher success rate than 12 step models, which have become increasing entwined
in the legal system)
Because I am a convicted felon, although my last charge was well over 10 years ago, it makes finding a job, any job, very difficult.
This is a Scarlet Letter that will forever be a monkey on my back.
I am an extremely upstanding citizen, but yet this haunts me to this day.
While some may say our domestic prisons are better than the gulags (we will just forget about extraordinary rendition and Abu Ghraib), and maybe to a
certain degree they are, but I honestly still feel just as trapped, sequestered and mentally tortured as anyone who has no choice but to take the
punishment because there is no escape and there never will be an escape.
I have, and continue, to be denied any federal aid (school, food stamps, etc... all the better to starve to death)
I can only rent in extremely low class neighborhoods.
I have been denied entrance to grad school although acing my GRE with a cumulative 3.83 GPA.
I have obtained, but only soon to be released from untold jobs due to my background, regardless of the fact that this is illegal to deny me a job
because of my felony convictions according to the Equal Rights to Worker Act. (EOE). (yes I have 3 felony convictions. trust me I have done time)
As a student of WWII, I have had much praise for your opinion, but what some consider torture while experiencing it, others arrogantly decide that it
is nothing, but only while NOT experiencing it.
All I ask is that you understand the problems it can cause, problems glossed over by the average American.
And these problems can be just as, if not more, detrimental to the psyche of the person who actually has to GO to prison.
It certainly gives no on looker any insight in to the reality of life as a forever branded convict in the United States of America
Once again, my apologies for losing my cool.
edit on 3/30/2011 by Josephus23 because: (no reason given)