Friday, June 26, 2009

Prison Violence

This post from the ACLU deals with the highly unpleasant subject of rape in prison. It is a horrible situation made worse by bad law. Our whole prison system is dysfunctional in the extreme, and it enrages me that people view prison rape as another aspect of punishment. Rape is a violent CRIME and should be treated as such.

Being tough on crime is viewed as politically necessary, but we do not get justice, and we do not get rehabilitation. I don't know how much job training services there are in prisons anymore, and have to ask what kind of person do we expect to come out of jail, when many prisoners have been subjected to severe trauma while in prison and the prospect of no job after prison?

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