Love Prisons (from Prison Series)

Written by Ed Howes

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The political will as concerns prison, swings with liberal and conservative influence. Conservatives want every aspect of prison life to be punishment. Liberals want humane treatment and rehabilitation. Because liberals never remain in power, prisoners eventually lose any gains they make and conditions usually get worse than beforerepparttar liberal swing improved them. That is, prison life becomes increasingly accommodating torepparttar 113502 desires of prison administration.

Much of what is done inrepparttar 113503 name of prison security, is like that we see done inrepparttar 113504 name of national security. Shortcut solutions to save time, expense and staff, that infringerepparttar 113505 rights and humane treatment of others. If some prisoners use telephone communications to run con games onrepparttar 113506 public, with or without outside help, all prisoners are restricted in telephone communication. It is restricted byrepparttar 113507 telephone time allotted each prisoner every month. It is monitored, recorded and restricted torepparttar 113508 length of call. It is restricted because only collect calls are allowed at rates up to ten times higher than a direct dial or phone card call. This is a blatant infringement onrepparttar 113509 privacy and economic rights ofrepparttar 113510 person called and discourages people from acceptingrepparttar 113511 charges. In many cases,repparttar 113512 state gets rebate kickbacks fromrepparttar 113513 phone company as part of this monopoly contract.

To restrictrepparttar 113514 profits of smuggling drugs and other contraband to prison staff, (Just Us) visitors often must submit to searches and strip searches which effectively discourages visitation as commanded inrepparttar 113515 Bible. When isrepparttar 113516 last time you visited a prisoner? Wasn't it a special experience?

The same is done with mail. If you send a letter, a money order and a simple gift that is not on an authorized list or appears homemade,repparttar 113517 entire package is returned with a notice of what is unacceptable. The U.S. Postal Service only takes responsibility for prison mail delivery torepparttar 113518 prison itself. If mail gets lost or sits onrepparttar 113519 mailroom floor for weeks, there is nothingrepparttar 113520 inmate can do but complain andrepparttar 113521 same forrepparttar 113522 sender. Prison mail rooms should be operated by specially trained employees ofrepparttar 113523 U.S.P.S. as they would a small town or village.

Prison food is poor and to save costs, only meets minimal dietary requirements. There are prisons with farms that inmates operate. The fresh farm crops are then sold for profit andrepparttar 113524 inmates are fed canned and spoiled food. When you are living in a din of noise, under constant threat of attack and abuse by staff and other inmates,repparttar 113525 ever present stress, from which there is no escape save solitary punishment, boosts nutritional requirements. Over time, anyone will become ill, probably everyone.

When an inmate becomes ill, no matter whatrepparttar 113526 problem, it is of little concern to administration. They will provide medical attention when it is convenient to them. The prison physician is poorly paid, overworked and may be so incompetent, he could find no other paid employment. Prison malpractice isrepparttar 113527 rule and notrepparttar 113528 exception. If an outsider wants to send an inmate dietary supplements or herbs for a health problem, it is not allowed in most prisons. In some, probably few, it is allowed if it is sent in by a commercial distributor, reducingrepparttar 113529 likelihood of contraband.

Often inmate victims of medical neglect, abuse and malpractice, have to suerepparttar 113530 system to get help. When they do so, they come in for punishment by administration and staff. More often than not, their case is dismissed on legal technicalities, which onlyrepparttar 113531 most experienced paralegals can avoid, after many years of filing whatrepparttar 113532 courts call frivolous lawsuits. They have to file, just to learn allrepparttar 113533 snares and pitfalls. The courts are in no hurry to adjudicate inmate cases, so they languish in courthouse IN baskets for months and years, forcing inmates to file motions to move their cases. If they win their lawsuits, their condition is usually many times worse than it was when they filed suit and they will getrepparttar 113534 minimal medical attentionrepparttar 113535 prison can get away with under court order, or worse, more malpractice.

No matter what your crime may be, imprisonment is always a de facto death sentence. Prison life robs one of health andrepparttar 113536 life force, one day at a time. Most of America does not know this. Most of America does not care, unless a friend or relative gets caught up inrepparttar 113537 great Just Us system. But now you know, dear reader, and with a little imagination you could do much to improverepparttar 113538 lives of many who were somebody's victims, long before they ever committed any crime. Have mercy onrepparttar 113539 more than two million souls whose lives are long stories of abuse and neglect that never ends.

Freelance writer published on websites and newspapers.


Written by Ed Howes

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Lives of total dependency in cages help no one. Not keepers,repparttar prisoners orrepparttar 113501 society trying to protect itself. To treat a person as though they will never have an opportunity for revenge and then releasing them with hearts full of fear, resentment, anger and rage, guarantees that society will pay a price forrepparttar 113502 way they treat people who were most often fellow victims, long before they turned to crime.

In Orwellian double speak, society talks of caging people as criminals paying a debt to society. The fact isrepparttar 113503 reverse. Society is creating a debt torepparttar 113504 offender, turning a marginal life into a hopeless and useless life. Society is restricting a person from any opportunity to contribute torepparttar 113505 society he or she offended; allowing no opportunity to support a family for which they may be responsible; innocent victims of terrible, thoughtless social policy.

Society has so long applied this cruel punishment that its debt torepparttar 113506 criminal element cannot be paid. Just likerepparttar 113507 debts owed Native Americans andrepparttar 113508 descendents of African slaves. We can go ahead and live our lives as though no debt existed and we do. America will pay in blood, terror and plague - death and destruction. It is a sad thing we have so chosen. Divine justice does not allow for life in cages or a few living well fromrepparttar 113509 misery of many.

The rehabilitation of social offenders will not preventrepparttar 113510 judgment of a dispassionate, unrepentant people, long past due. It could create pockets of mercy within that judgment. Perhaps you and I will know a little of that mercy. Perhaps you and I will make some effort to end a social injustice that is worldwide and centuries old. Perhaps you and I will no longer ignorerepparttar 113511 problems some are paid to hide from us. Perhaps we actually do know right from wrong. Perhaps knowingrepparttar 113512 difference, we will choose what is right. Perhaps but no one is betting on it.

Freelance writer published on websites and in newspapers.

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