The world needs more thinking and more medicine like what is accomplished with projects like Unlikely Friends.
Restorative Justice instead of Revenge-based Justice.
“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with one out of 32 Americans under criminal justice supervision. The rest of the world is intrigued by the paradox that the leading democracy in the free world imprisons so many of its citizens, 25% of the total prisoners worldwide.
UNLIKELY FRIENDS documents victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with their perpetrators.
Finding a criminal justice system that has left them empty and unsupported, these victims of unspeakable crimes forgive out of a deep need to heal themselves, which in turn motivates the perpetrator to fully account for their actions and thereby begin the process of true rehabilitation.
These relationships, so unfathomable for most of us, open our thinking to new possibilities of how to transform a system ensconced in punishment and retribution to one of restorative justice that is based in humanity.”
Hate begets hate; healing begets healing…it is not a difficult concept to grasp but it isn’t one that is promoted nearly enough. All of the ridiculous fear-based propaganda like “TOUGH ON CRIME” has taken root in our society’s thought process and we are just now beginning to see and feel the ramifications of that school of thought…More prisons, more abuses, more crimes, more violence…more, more and more of everything that is unhealthy and damaging to us all.
Politricksters who stand to profit from the private prison industry have no reason to reverse anything they have accomplished so it is once again up to US – The People – to instigate the change. I don’t care if you are a ‘bleeding heart liberal’ that thinks we can abolish prisons entirely or an ‘uber-conservative rightwinger’ that is simply fed up with the exorbitant amount of your taxes being spent on prisons…it behooves all of us to do whatever is necessary to halt the revenge-based and profit-driven prison system from rooting itself even more deeply into our societies. (Yes, plural…ALL societies are at risk of being over-run and destroyed by this cancerous growth; it is NOT just an American problem.)
Proliferation, Paul Rucker
Animated mapping of the US Prison system set to original music.
Green Dots: 1778-1900
Yellow Dots: 1901-1940
Orange Dots: 1941-1980
Red Dots: 1981-2005
The only way to make an idea take hold and start to grow is to keep promoting it so please help spread the word (Loudly, repetitively and often!). The intent of this project is health-based and healing-based…but unless more people hear about it, there is little hope of the spark becoming a wildfire. If you also think it is time to stop the hate and turn towards true healing then fan the flames of forgiveness and share the message(s) and help promote projects like Unlikely Friends as much as you can…social media is our most powerful tool right now, I think and here is another opportunity to use it for good!
Connect with and support Unlikely Friends –
- Between Filming, Leslie Neale Photographs the Downtime and Tedium of Prison Life (prisonphotography.org)
- Mayor calls criminal justice system “revolving door” (wgntv.com)
- A Great Idea, A Commitment and an Embeded File (deafinprison.wordpress.com)
- How Private Prisons Profit From the Criminalization of Immigrants (counterpunch.org)
- Of Prison and Reform: My Interview with Glenn Langohr on Prison Reform (thiscollegedropout.wordpress.com)
- Breakdown on legal costs for Calif. prison cases (wtvm.com)
- South Dakota governor signs criminal justice reform measure (rapidcityjournal.com)
- Inmates offer help from inside prison (kshb.com)
- Schools beginning to use collaboration instead of blame game in resolving student conflicts (calgaryherald.com)
- Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices:The Prevention Researcher Features Approaches for Dealing with Crime and Wrongdoing in Schools and Juvenile Justice Systems (prweb.com)