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Dear Florida: Please secede. No, really.

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What Do States Owe The Exonerated?

They take away 24 years of an innocent man's life, over a quarter of his life expectancy, and give him nothing in return.

There's a reason that Fark has a "Florida" tag. Sigh.


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Jun. 7th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
I was going to post this in my journal, but I'll do it here ... your post is concerned with treatment of the innocent; here I'm more concerned about treatment of the guilty.

This whole Paris Hilton thing has gotten me thinking about jail conditions again. A lot of people are relishing the fact that finally, she pushed too far and she's not getting special treatment. The problem is, she is getting special treatment - she's in the special needs section of the jail, reserved for police officers, celebrities and others. The reason they have such special needs sections is to prevent these prisoners from being beaten, raped or killed.

Every day in prisons, non-special needs prisoners are beaten, raped and killed. Why are we not concerned about them? Why is unchecked brutality part of our supposedly-enlightened penal system? When people chuckle about the prospect of anal rape as a de facto part of incarceration, instead of talking about sending wardens to jail who permit it to happen, something is deeply wrong with our prison system. When you take away someone's right and ability to defend themselves, you assume 100% responsibility for their safety. We ought to treat all prisoners as special needs, if we define that as 'someone we don't want beaten, raped or killed'.
Jun. 11th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely. The "Correction and Rehabilitation" tag is a cruel joke: how can we even pretend that these facilities provide reform when many leave them more degraded than when they entered? The recidivism rate is at close to 70% in this country, according to the Bureau of Justice data in the link provided.

(reposted to correct typo)
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