3 thoughts on “For Some Prisoners, Finishing a Sentence Doesn’t Mean Getting Out

  1. A woman who hangs out in my neighborhood just returned to the streets after a six-months stay for misdemeanor offense in a medium security prison where she was raped by a guard. She was inconsolable and sobbed nonstop while telling of her ordeal. All of her meager income buys her fast food and liquor and she gets her income on the street doing a hustle consisting of minor tasks for the corner drug dealers. She lives in an SRO where she is regularly attacked by other residents who bite her and leave the scars to document the attacks.

    While walking in a remote section of a park I encountered a homeless man who was deaf and mute and very likely has a low IQ. After contacting homeless organizations staffed by formerly homeless individuals I was forced to conclude that the man was probably much better off living in this beautiful forest park for the duration of warm weather because the homeless org staff said resources for a severely disabled homeless person were even scarcer than for the able bodied homeless population.

    Neuroscientists have repeatedly demonstrated that social or psychic pain is not much different to the brain than pain caused by a severe burn.

    I am less astonished by the abject examples of poverty I encounter than I am by the epidemic of indifference which now encompasses ignoring basic laws and rights for all classes of citizens including those who have broken the law.

  2. The State has an obligation to make it possible for a released person to fulfill the conditions of their release. A Catch 22 situation is unreasonable.

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