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A Criticism. Questions. Of Prisons.

A man commits a crime, is convicted, and is sentenced to ten years in prison. After ten years, he is released. He has “paid his debt to society,” no? No. In this case, society is a usurious bank. The man carries with him a twisted promissory note called a “criminal record” (the record itself is criminal!), and he must continually pay off his debt by remaining in the second class.

Should he not have had his record cleaned once he was released from prison? Should he not have been reformed? One says this is a ridiculous expectation. So we must ask this one: Why did he go to prison in the first place? Did he go in order to come out more hardened? Did he go in order to relieve us of his presence, only to return again with greater hostility and more difficult circumstances?

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2 thoughts on “A Criticism. Questions. Of Prisons.

  1. Even after prison you’re on parole and you cannot vote for an X amount of time. An ex-convict has to prove themself. It’s no different than when u ground ur kid.. just because they have “served their time” doesn’t mean you’re just going to trust them. Trust must be earned.

    • The analogy is useful to the extent that we can say that “trust is earned” in a civil society. But it is a false analogy in that the child does not have a continuously qualified relationship with his or her parents. A felon, regardless of how much he has clearly reformed for the better, still has a record that he must claim on job and housing applications, still cannot receive government financial aid for education, still is profiled, and still cannot vote in some cases. The child proves that he has “learned a lesson” by obeying in the next instance, but the felon can never offer this society enough proof.

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