The incarcerated are our brothers and sisters-broken angels. Many of the women were sexually, physically or mentally abused as children or a victim of domestic violence. They have huge self-esteem and self-worth issues and the prison system continues that cycle and then expects them to come out and be healthy productive members of society. To prepare these women for going back into society, they should be treating them with dignity and respect, be building their self-esteem and self-worth and teach them job skills that are relevant to today's society. Prison causes a form of PTSD. It is horrific the way we treat other human beings sometimes. And if you say that saying, "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime", then you have missed the point and it is easy to dismiss the atrocities of the criminal justice system.
BABIES ARE NOT BORN BAD-SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THAT CHILD AND WE AS A SOCIETY ARE COMPLICIT IN THAT ON MANY LEVELS.
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Everyone makes mistakes. There is an old saying "walk a mile in my shoes". We are quick to judge and in doing so we miss an opportunity for compassion, empathy and forgiveness. I have met a lot of these women and they are no different than you or I. They have already been punished by separating them from their family and society. We do not need to punish them more with cruel and unusual punishment. To me, being called by Inmate or by your number is psychologically damaging. People can and do change. One day most of them will be someone's neighbor so what do we want them to learn in prison and what are we going to do to help make sure they don't go back. We should not be defined by the worst thing we have ever done or we would all have a very difficult time. Everyone has something positive to contribute to the whole.
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