Love Prisons (from Prison Series)

Written by Ed Howes

The American criminal justice system is not appropriately named because it meets justice to criminals. It is appropriately named becauserepparttar justice system itself is criminal. Those who operate these ever expanding bureaucracies don't care at all about justice and have no clue what justice is. When President Bush speaks of American justice as though it was judicial caviar, I want to vomit. You should too. The problem is foundational. The U.S. Constitution, which isrepparttar 113502 pattern for many State Constitutions as well, prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Wiser people would have forbidden cruel punishments, usual or not. An unusual punishment would be victim restitution or compensation. It would be unusual but it would not be cruel, so it is not forbidden. Family support is not even a punishment, so it is not forbidden by this law.

The problem is,repparttar 113503 wording allows cruel punishment as long as it is usual. We can be usually cruel. If we can be unusually cruel and get away with it for a year or two, it becomes usual cruelty and legal. This is howrepparttar 113504 U.S. prison bureaucracy has constantly increased in legal cruelty. Likerepparttar 113505 phony wars on poverty, drugs and terror that will never end, so isrepparttar 113506 war on crime. All were created as social cancers that consumerepparttar 113507 national economy by people who want government to berepparttar 113508 sole employers of people. If bigger is better, biggest is bestest.

Cruelly deprive a child of love, affection, self esteem and build a cage forrepparttar 113509 adult you created. When you have this adult locked in a cage, deprive him or her of dignity, love, affection and self esteem. Make him totally dependent for everything he needs for life. Don't allow him any productive work and don't pay him any meaningful pay for menial chores. Isolate him from all he knew exceptrepparttar 113510 violence and see that he gets regular doses of violence in continuous survival conditions. Further isolate those who get caught up inrepparttar 113511 violence.

Makerepparttar 113512 whole environment so unattractive, as to discourage visitation. Restrict, for half and non legitimate security reasons, his access to decent food and health care. Repress, oppress, suppress and depress this person who did not properly respect some law or other.

When he has become completely dependent onrepparttar 113513 system, turn him loose with nothing and tell him he better get a job. I say, send him to Washington orrepparttar 113514 State Capitol to make new and never ending laws. He will do better thanrepparttar 113515 professionals we hire. He at least knows what justice is not. Turning people into beasts is never justice. It is insanity. Oncerepparttar 113516 damage is done it needs to be undone, not compounded.

For years,repparttar 113517 prison industry has beenrepparttar 113518 fastest growing segment ofrepparttar 113519 American economy. Those who don't get government jobs will fill these prisons and drive uprepparttar 113520 demand for more, bigger and uglier high security housing. It is such a delightful prospect. If what recently happened in Iraq is unattractive, what would it be like here ifrepparttar 113521 prisoners were all liberated? Letrepparttar 113522 good times roll, eh? Millions of people who can no longer take care of themselves, settling scores. Let's try that on global TV.

I have noticedrepparttar 113523 recent progress in animal husbandry and I am sincerely pleased byrepparttar 113524 trend. Could we learn enough about humane treatment for animals to teach us humane treatment for people? Can we warehouse people who are restricted but healthy, happy and productive? Do lawbreakers need to permanently forfeit their humanity as punishment? How can incarceration be a just punishment for anything but kidnapping murder and rape, where one deprives another of liberty?

Inrepparttar 113525 Old Testament, we had an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth. It was justice without mercy. The New Testament teaches merciful justice butrepparttar 113526 New Testament is lost on America. Have you noticed? We have becomerepparttar 113527 stronghold of devils our enemies claim and this criminal justice isrepparttar 113528 ugly proof. This system is a gauge of national spiritual immaturity. It portraysrepparttar 113529 value we place on soul or spirit. It is an Old World relic of barbarity that needs serious reform.

Government schools don't identify and support neglected and abused children and wasted lives becomerepparttar 113530 object of corrupted government. Government sweeps its social mistakes into Graybar hotels, out of public sight, out of public mind. It's a non issue. The public neither knows nor cares. Let's outlaw criminal justice. Let's outlaw public ignorance.

Unlike citizens, criminals are created, not born. Negligent and abusive parenting, which is often multi - generational, and unspiritual education create perhaps half ofrepparttar 113531 U.S. criminal population. The rest is created by incessant lawmaking. An entire professional class writes new law, year in and year out and people pay them to do it. We ask what schools our children should attend. We need to ask what prisons their children will attend. It is time for everyone to take an interest in modern prison life. It affects all of us, even if we choose to ignore it. It is a storm cloud overrepparttar 113532 national spirit. Our prisons are spiritual mirrors and there is none fair inrepparttar 113533 land.


Written by Ed Howes

As in nearly all things, America has been of two minds concerningrepparttar rehabilitation of criminals. One camp believesrepparttar 113501 more severe and lengthyrepparttar 113502 punishment,repparttar 113503 less opportunity a criminal will have to re offend. Lock them up and throw awayrepparttar 113504 key. Statistics prove this camp wrong and alternatives are far from their concern. They arerepparttar 113505 law and order people who have a strong appeal to a society that fearfully sees itself as victims.

The other camp wants to rehabilitate criminals but can seldom raiserepparttar 113506 needed economic support to initiate and evaluate rehabilitation programs. These are folks who know that no life is beyond redemption or incapable of productive work.

Rehabilitation has failed so often because it rests onrepparttar 113507 idea of stripping every right from a person, throwing them in a cage, isolating them fromrepparttar 113508 larger society and destroying any sense of personal identity or value. Treating people worse than animals is not conducive to self improvement. Rehabilitation must begin by not caging non violent offenders. House arrest, victim restitution, fines, counseling and work habilitation will prove much less expensive to society than caging and produce a better outcome.

Anti social behavior grows out of confusion and misidentification. That is, anti social people believe they are someone different than who they are at their core. They are books judged by their covers; judged by people only interested in covers. They come to believe and behave as though they arerepparttar 113509 covers others have created for them. They arerepparttar 113510 products of other people's expectations and imaginations as so many of us are. Unfortunately,repparttar 113511 expectations of many role models were low and easy to fulfill. Let society helprepparttar 113512 victims of low expectations to distinguish between who they are and who they have been told they are. This explains their confusion to them and alleviates it. Clearing this confusion makes good candidates for rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation begins by helping an offender find their true identity. The tools trained counselors now have at their disposal for this identification process are readily available: aptitude and IQ tests; personality and character tests; astrological and numerological charts and reports; literacy tests. Poor readers are non readers and have a lifetime social handicap until they want to read well. Probations should continue until literacy is achieved. Once a person can read well and wants to do so, they can learn anything else they so choose. This opens a world of options previously denied.

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