The American criminal justice system is not appropriately named because it meets justice to criminals. It is appropriately named because 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 is 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, 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 how U.S. prison bureaucracy has constantly increased in legal cruelty. Like phony wars on poverty, drugs and terror that will never end, so is war on crime. All were created as social cancers that consume national economy by people who want government to be sole employers of people. If bigger is better, biggest is bestest.
Cruelly deprive a child of love, affection, self esteem and build a cage for 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 except violence and see that he gets regular doses of violence in continuous survival conditions. Further isolate those who get caught up in violence.
Make 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 on system, turn him loose with nothing and tell him he better get a job. I say, send him to Washington or State Capitol to make new and never ending laws. He will do better than professionals we hire. He at least knows what justice is not. Turning people into beasts is never justice. It is insanity. Once damage is done it needs to be undone, not compounded.
For years, prison industry has been fastest growing segment of American economy. Those who don't get government jobs will fill these prisons and drive up 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 if prisoners were all liberated? Let 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 noticed recent progress in animal husbandry and I am sincerely pleased by 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?
In Old Testament, we had an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth. It was justice without mercy. The New Testament teaches merciful justice but New Testament is lost on America. Have you noticed? We have become stronghold of devils our enemies claim and this criminal justice is ugly proof. This system is a gauge of national spiritual immaturity. It portrays 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 become 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 of 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 over national spirit. Our prisons are spiritual mirrors and there is none fair in land.