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  •  I can't judge (15+ / 0-)

    what it's like to have to maintain prisons, which seem to foster the worst in humanity, but solitary confinement is viscerally unacceptable to me.

    There is no excuse for putting a man or woman in solitary for 40 years (or even less than that). There just isn't.

    It seems to me that if our government at the state and federal level want to pursue a policy of punishment rather than rehabilitation, then they are obligated to build the facilities to handle that.

    Thanks CIK and Angola 3 for publishing this interview.

    If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

    by unspeakable on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 04:37:34 PM PDT

    •  brilliant. you have identified the core (13+ / 0-)

      issue, unspeakable, and I thank you for this:

      which seem to foster the worst in humanity,

      Yes.  Our vision gets so corrupted.  We settle for fostering the worst, the deepest enmity, judging one another by the worst thing they did or we THOUGHT they did.  

      But you build a just, safe, compassionate, and inclusive society by appealing to the best.  And you don't have to be a naive chump to do that.

      Thanks to you for being here.  You always come with exceptional insight.  

      Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

      by RadioGirl on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 04:44:58 PM PDT

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      •  That's very sweet of you, RadioGirl. (8+ / 0-)

        Thank you. I come here to learn, and you all never fail to teach. :)

        To the substance, absolutely! You know, I have a cousin who wants to become a cop. From the stories he tells me of his volunteering with a police department in a fairly affluent, majority-white suburb of Chicago, it's clear that the system is set up so that the individual police officers reinforce each other's notions of what a criminal "truly" is.

        The problem is that we as a society are conditioned to stop thinking of prisoners as people who are deserving of justice, safety, and compassion. Changing that would go a long way to ending destructive practices like solitary confinement.

        If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

        by unspeakable on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 05:14:08 PM PDT

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