Friday, May 29, 2009

A dissenting view...

I read Ryan's post this morning about the dignity of using state or county prisoners to do menial work on the side of the road like picking up trash or mowing the side of our roads and highways.

On first blush, I tend to agree that it certainly may be demeaning for some and it brings to mind thoughts of enslavement.

That being said, there is another view that goes something like this. For some who choose to take part in those work details, while it may be demeaning to have passerby's see you in your prison blues, it may also be an anticipated period where one can be off the barbed-wire-enclosed compound and instead out in an ever-changing free world, albeit for a few hours at a time. Some may choose that over standing around on the yard doing nothing all day or sitting in your cell reading the same book over and over again.

Also, I must say that Governor Crist, despite his nickname and his reputation as Attorney General, has been decent on innocence issues since he took over Florida's government in 2007; certainly better than his predecessor. While we should certainly criticize where it is due, we should also give credit where credit is due.

3 comments:

1American4Justice said...

It's been awhile since I have had time to read all these blogs,as an Inmate Advocate dealing with those inside (DOC) everyday I can tell you that they are probably glad to be out there doing something. The Black and white uniforms means they are probably in County Jail and have already pleaded guilty by choice or a plea deal. Most DOC inmates would love to be on a work crew doing anything as they are locked down most of the time in the dorms. It can get pretty tense staying inside 22 hours a day, and if they do get outside it's not for long. We sometimes take our freedom for granted, and look at things from the outside looking in, but if we were inside looking out think what we would see then. Keep up the good work, it's a lonely battle when have more requests than you do workers, I know this.

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