The Prison Mirror (part of Prison Series)

Written by Ed Howes

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Drugs! Notrepparttar 183 billion dollars' worth onrepparttar 113503 government approved, monopoly supplied drug market, butrepparttar 113504 ones a once free people choose from a different list,repparttar 113505 "bad" drugs. The great war on drugs, lost before it began, but continued to expand government power and control; is now responsible for about half ofrepparttar 113506 nation's prison population, which isrepparttar 113507 largest inrepparttar 113508 world, I think I heard.

There is no doubt in a majority of American minds, that a person who uses any drug not yet approved by government, should have their lives destroyed by prison beforerepparttar 113509 drugs can do much harm. They thinkrepparttar 113510 prohibition of drugs makes people safer, whilerepparttar 113511 inflated costs make it necessary to rob them and burglarize their homes to feed extravagant addictions. What wise and merciful people! They were victims of twisted logic, long beforerepparttar 113512 robbery. It is prison that has becomerepparttar 113513 most powerful narcotic in America. We know if we build a hundred more, there will not be enough. How long before it becomes a crime inrepparttar 113514 land ofrepparttar 113515 free, to publish what I'm saying?

The past four generations have been told to go off to foreign lands and fight and die to keep America free. The people who tell us this, then build more prisons to keep allrepparttar 113516 free people. If we took our high school students to visit prisons and gave them a term paper assignment to come up with better punishments, we could begin to learn justice and transformrepparttar 113517 existing Just Us system.

Capital punishment. The Bible says you must have two witnesses to indict on a capital crime. We can assumerepparttar 113518 qualifiers of honorable, credible witnesses, not criminals with offers of reduced sentences for testimony. The two witness provision made it harder to indict. I'm not sure that circumstantial evidence is acceptable as one witness either. The point is that under Bible law, you are more likely to free a capital criminal than to execute an innocent person. DNA testing has confirmed that we do itrepparttar 113519 other way round. Executerepparttar 113520 innocent to be sure and punishrepparttar 113521 guilty.

President Bush has no problem with this. He was pleased to do it routinely asrepparttar 113522 Governor ofrepparttar 113523 great, error free State of Texas. DNA has proven otherwise in Texas. Did President Bush ever apologize torepparttar 113524 families of those he wrongfully executed? Does he have any clue how many innocent lives he has taken as Governor or President? Does he care? We know now he is all American. He is probablyrepparttar 113525 most appropriate representative of American society we ever had. "Don't bother us with details. We have people to kill and prisons to build." No one should be surprised that we arerepparttar 113526 most despised nation on earth. We are worthy of hatred. Foreign policy is all about Just Us too.

An America that refuses to look at its prisons is likerepparttar 113527 vampire who cannot tolerate his own reflection. Until it does so, it is a society with a seared conscience, fit for destruction and little else. Destruction byrepparttar 113528 pound. Destruction byrepparttar 113529 ton. Run and hide. We have it coming!

Freelance writer published on websites and in newspapers.

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.

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