On Facebook tonight, I saw a graphic of how prisoners receive so many things that they shouldn’t receive.
And the “they should only have basic necessities” comment.
I get that. I agree that they shouldn’t sleep on $1,000 mattresses and have lobster for dinner.
But sometimes they don’t have soap to wash their hands.
Often they don’t have enough to eat for even the smallest caloric needs for a grown man.
They don’t have Cadillac health care–often not able to even get a pain reliever when fighting the flu.
You’ll probably never see me on the news fighting for prison reform. I don’t think prisoners need extravagance, but they need basics.
Certainly, we can disagree about what “the basics” are, but the conversation changes when someone you love has no soap in the bathroom when MRSA is raging through the facility. Or when they are so sick they can’t function but won’t be seen by the nurse because they aren’t “sick enough”.
The thoughts you have when someone you love has been there are very different and I suppose that’s a good thing. You don’t know what you don’t know and if you don’t know about prison, consider yourself blessed.
I think one thing to remember is that “these people” will someday (hopefully) rejoin society and perhaps it’s a good thing to treat them like humans so that they remember how to function in society when they get out.