The Prison Mirror (part of Prison Series)

Written by Ed Howes

The true measure of social consciousness is prisons. They tell more about society than any travelogue possibly could. They arerepparttar product of ignorance as a tradition and undeniable social regression. Send a law breaker to prison and convert him to a vicious vengeful beast. Then send him back where he came from. Letrepparttar 113503 taxpayer suffer from his crime. Letrepparttar 113504 taxpayer pay for his maintenance and conversion. Letrepparttar 113505 taxpayer support his family. Let his children grow up with no father. See if they dare follow in his footsteps. Letrepparttar 113506 taxpayer pay for any feeble attempt at his rehabilitation. Letrepparttar 113507 taxpayer bearrepparttar 113508 cost of every crime he commits after release, his arrest, and trial(s). Then repeatrepparttar 113509 whole process. Prisons everywhere are no less than government sponsored war on society. The least valuable social creation ever devised.

Their primary social function is to strike fear inrepparttar 113510 hearts of society at large. If you don't eat your spinach, you will end up in prison. If you don't obey every rulerepparttar 113511 professional rule makers invent, day in, day out, you will go to prison. Making punishments fit crimes is beyondrepparttar 113512 creative powers of bureaucracy. Instead, they chooserepparttar 113513 humiliation and degradation of caging and totally controllingrepparttar 113514 life of a lawbreaker. To a lesser extent, they dorepparttar 113515 same to all who care about him. They discourage telephone communication, meaningful financial support and visitation. Insiderepparttar 113516 prison walls they heap punishment upon punishment, because simply caging people is too good for them, no matter whatrepparttar 113517 crime.

While we are at it, we ought to take a look at crime itself andrepparttar 113518 reasons for its increase. I'm only guessing and my guess is that ten times more behaviors are crimes and felonies than were so inrepparttar 113519 year 1900. That is, bureaucracies are inrepparttar 113520 business of creating crime. Such bureaucracies sincerely believe they are being paid to modify human behavior. They are runningrepparttar 113521 ultimate social experiment, whererepparttar 113522 result is seldom questioned. One punishment fits every crime they can create.

A man is imprisoned for theft and released with murder on his mind and in his heart. That's progressive! Society can think of nothing better because society doesn't think at all. Society closes its eyes and turns its back. Society doesn't want to know about life inrepparttar 113523 cages, which is in reality, slow death. Take a man's life one day at a time. Then turn him loose and see how he does. Emptyrepparttar 113524 country's zoos and see howrepparttar 113525 animals do. Prisons testify of man's inhumanity as well as war does. President Bush threatens American justice on his enemies. See it at Guantanamo Bay or uprepparttar 113526 road from where you live. American and justice cannot be properly used inrepparttar 113527 same sentence. Americans know less about justice than any other subject, save mercy and responsibility. Blind obedience is their forte. Prisons arerepparttar 113528 expressions ofrepparttar 113529 very ugliest Americans and they all support prisons without question.

I have heard vague rumblings of a new compassion in an effort to lower government "justice" costs. The Governor of Arizona is considering stiff fines for driving underrepparttar 113530 influence of alcohol, instead of confinement, which leaves whole families without support. Make a "criminal" pay (Us) instead ofrepparttar 113531 taxpayer. There is a novel idea. I've heard a number of bureaucracies are looking at treating drug addicts instead of locking them away.

The Bible deals quite extensively with crime and punishment, but then, what would God know? Property crimes are punished by restitution and multiple restitution, depending on whetherrepparttar 113532 loss interferes withrepparttar 113533 victim's livelihood. There is a silly idea, huh? The greatest growth industry in this great land ofrepparttar 113534 free is locking people away. Can it be that America only pays lip service torepparttar 113535 whole idea of liberty? I believe so. It is too much like justice to really get a handle onrepparttar 113536 meaning of freedom.

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.

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