Today is Sunday, July 17, 2011. I haven’t had a recreation since May 24. It has been almost two months now. I’ve filed grievances and everything to no avail. Their laws, their rules, their way! That’s just the way it is…but I will continue to stand up and fight for what I believe is in.
I read Paul’s comment this past week which he left under Life on San Quinten’s Death Row dated 7/1/11 on how he thinks prisoners should be treated. It saddens me to read that. I do also understand the act of a vengeful heart. Although I don’t agree with the torturous conditions that he would like to see enacted. He does have the right to his opinions.
Now Allen Cox wrote a piece and I want you to read it because although the American prison system isn’t quite the torturous environment that Paul would like, this is not a pleasant environment. The American prison system has over 2 million inmates. That is more than any other country in the world.
Why? Because it has become a 60 billion dollar a year corporation that doesn’t give a damn about society, or the inmates. Damn rehabilitation! The prison system needs and desires the inmates to return. The American prison system is a failure to everyone except the rich corporations that profit from it. That is why they allow the thug criminal environment within the prisons and rehabilitation has become a thing of the past. There is nothing easy about life in this environment where every day is a struggle. A place where you constantly have to look over your shoulder never knowing who you can trust, which in most cases that is no one. Right now we are currently dealing with the temperature. Right now in my cell the temperature is in excess of 100 degrees and when you add the Florida humidity into that….well it’s down right “miserable”.
But Paul, we all make mistakes and torture is not the answer. For hate builds upon hate and anger upon anger and creating an angry vindictive inmate is what you are talking about – and my friend, that’s what the American prison system is already doing by allowing rapes, assaults, and abuse by turning a blind eye to the torture you never hear about that takes place in the dark isolated areas of these prisons.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you and thank you for as well for reading Allen Cox’s essay “Taxpayers of Florida”.
In Peace and Love,