Colorado Prison Director To Reform Solitary Confinement After Enduring It Himself

Originally posted on A Solitary Torture:

First thing you notice is that it’s anything but quiet. You’re immersed in a drone of garbled noise – other inmates’ blaring TVs, distant conversations, shouted arguments,” he wrote. “I couldn’t make any sense of it, and was left feeling twitchy and paranoid. I kept waiting for the lights to turn off, to signal the end of the day. But the lights did not go off. I began to count the small holes carved in the walls. Tiny grooves made by inmates who’d chipped away at the cell as the cell chipped away at them.”

The Free Thought Project- “Colorado prison inmates who have spent time in solitary confinement should prepare to see their conditions change after the new executive director of the state’s department of corrections said spending 20 hours in isolation has inspired him to reform it.

Rick Raemisch announced his intentions in an…

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4 comments on “Colorado Prison Director To Reform Solitary Confinement After Enduring It Himself

  1. amaezed says:

    About time. Crime shouldn’t be a legal issue. Kids aren’t born criminals. Institutionalising bad behaviour could best be served with intensive moral and ethical support together with a modicum of confinement until it is deemed by scholars that individuals have gotten back on the rails and are able to live prosperous lives within society. It should be seen that they are capable of contributing to others through mechanisms we all go through. Thanks……

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    • The only problem I see with your ideas is the low profit margin. Sad, but true. Until we abolish/obliterate incarceration for profit, no serious remedies will ever be sought out or implemented.
      The idea of restorative justice that involves the community, the ‘harmed’ person(s) and the offender. It encourages communication, honest-to-goodness solutions, etc. It’s been shown to work but it doesn’t encourage many repeat offenders or set anyone on that wonderfully profitable prison revolving door so our legislators don’t care. Prison lobbying $$$ talks…the rest of us can just scream until we’re hoarse and it matters not. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

      • ephraiyim says:

        The biggest problem is the redefining of crime. At one time if you harmed another they sought retribution or restoration with the help of the community. Biblically, if one harmed another the city elders would listen to both sides and adjudicate the best way for the harmed person to be made whole based on guidelines in the Bible.
        For instance if one accidentally killed a neighbors cow you had to replace it but you could keep the meat of the dead one for yourself. If it was done purposefully you lost the meat and had to provide a new one as well.
        If you killed someone and it was an accident there were cities of refuge you could run to. You were free to live within the bounderies of that city until the year of Jubilee when the death was to be forgiven. If you were caught on the way the family had the right to take your life. If you left before the year of Jubilee even temporarily and were caught by the family of your victim they could kill you.
        On the other hand if you had planned the death and killed them on purpose there was no forgiveness and nowhere to hide. The family would kill you and NO one was allowed to help you escape.Everything was very clear.
        Now all crimes are considered to be against the state. How a non person can be harmed is illogical and unjust because the state has unlimited resources to bring against a defendant.
        While under Biblical law it was possible for a city elder to be bribed, the penalties were very steep if caught and usually the individuals were trusted older people who were considered both wise and fair by the population..
        It required a decentralized form of government where local maters were handled locally. Where there was no King or ruler over the nation and if there were problems to complicated there were judges in the country who specialized in the law who helped in those times. Deborah was one such judge.

        • amaezed says:

          Well said, I totally agree with you. I agree with you MisB. about the money aspect. Govts invest in…I think it’s derivitives, not sure but non-the-less they make a lot of $ out of prisoners. The Australian Aborigines pretty much do the same thing. Their law is dealt with and by the elders. The punishment is determined on common sense and not British Commercial/Admiralty Law, where everyone is a commercial entity…essentially a number or corporation or a non-human being where the goods come before you. Not many folk know of this. They know tho’. but aren’t telling. You can opt out of this system but then you’re on your own. It’s very difficult and they will fight tooth and nail to stop you from submitting this form, that is available in the deepest recesses of their vaults. Thanks. http://amaezed.wordpress.com

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