## remember to hit reload/refresh everytime you come here ## I'm going to change the world for the better or die trying. -Nicholas P. Wilde ----- About incarceration and changing it. - I want to start by saying anyone of us could end up in prison. It’s easier than you might think – we all get angry, many of us have too much to drink every once in a while. Heck, we wouldn’t learn anything if we didn’t try new things and when a person tries something new they might make a mistake. And ALL of us go through hard times in life. Those hard times can push people to do things they don’t want to. We need to end mass incarceration, but that’s not the only thing we should be doing. We should be changing incarceration itself. Ideally a person would get their sentence, serve their time being rehabilitated in the process and return to the world with the skills and state of mind to function within the law. But we all know better than that. A person goes to prison often coming out worse than when they went in and return to lock up 6 months later for another crime. I’ve been watching prison documentaries and they’re saying it over and over, what they’re saying in short is that you need to often break the prisons rules in some form to survive, or be picked on, beat up, and worse by the other prisoners. So a prisoners life is constant infractions of the rules even possibly giving them a longer sentence. A prisoners sentence does not include living in fear. It does not include being beat up. It does not include being raped or even murdered. That’s part of prison life. But it shouldn’t be. And it’s part of the reason prisoners never get rehabilitated. In this prison documentary I was watching last night, in the prison there is 250 inmates for every guard. How the heck is one guard going to keep all those 250 safe from each other and keep themselves safe while they’re at it? So how do we change it? First by not giving up on prisoners. Even the worst person can change to be a much better person. Second, by putting ourselves in their shoes – it only takes seconds to mess up so bad you go to prison. Maybe make prisoners pen pals to give them hope and remind them that there are more beautiful things in this world than prison walls. Get more guards, a lot more guard, maybe make it a law where a prison is breaking the law if they have more than 25 prisoners to every guard. I know prison life isn’t supposed to be easy, but there is no excuse for it being as difficult as it is either. And I’ll end this here. Please think about what I’ve written.