What is your opinion about it?
July 12, 2019 2:12am CST
Hello how is everyone doing? I hope you are having a good day. I would like to ask you guys a few questions. It is for my school project that I am creating and in charge and part of it, is to ask others opinions and points of view. What do you think about the penitentiary system? What about Private companies that make money per prisoner? It this right in your opinion? And the extreme violence in these places and how it is common 16/17 year kids are sent to these places with minor charges. There is a lot claims that they will be rehabilitated to live in society but we know that does not happen. They don't get a chance and it is shocking to me after interviewing some of them. They were 16/17 and came back when they were like 27/29 years old. For minor charges. Many people of color that did not have the support they needed. Many that did ended up being there for being black or from a different race. What do you think of the racism that is around the system? Or do you think there is none of that and the system works perfectly? I could write more about it but I would like to keep it more clean. What do you think of it? ( Note: I am not talking about murders and rapists. I am talking about people especially very young people that are sent to the worst places with these kind of people for minor charges. I am asking about this particular group of people. If you have the mentality that they deserve to die in there or " They should not get themselves into trouble in the first place." please do not comment. The rest is welcome to participate. Thank you.)
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• United States
Your request for information is contradictory. First you ask our opinion then you at the end say 'please do not comment..." First: Since you do not state where you are from, I will preface by saying my answers refer to what I see in the United States. Second: Racism is rampant in this country, all too often this filters down to what looks like a bias in the courts system. Is it? I really couldn't say. One would need to do some heavy statistical analysis on all aspects (races arrested, those that go to trial, those who can afford attorneys, and those who receive prison sentences) to make such a claim. Third: Your questions seem to contain a fair amount of bias. You seem to be looking for people to skew your results toward the idea that POC (people of Color) or (YA) Young Adults do not receive a fair shake in the court system. Is this so? I can only guess based on what you wrote above. Fourth: While people do get prosecuted and incarcerated for things they did not do, I would believe this is a very small percentage of the criminals in jail. But if you ask the prisoners, you would get a very large percentage claiming to be innocent. Fifth: Despite your admonition that I not comment, nearly all of those who are in jail deserve to be there. Had they not violated the law in some fashion, they would not be. For a YA to be in an adult prison, generally points out the seriousness of their crime. But to have tried them as a minor would have meant that they would have been released from prison when they reached the age of majority... Is that right based on what they had done??? From what I have seen, the courts will often bend over backwards to give young people some leeway. Granted there are a few judges that are not so inclined. Sixth: You consistently state "for minor charges" yet you fail to define what that means. What is it you consider a minor charge? Your lack of a definition makes it difficult to make any educated statement about these people you seem to feel an affinity for. Finally, I hope that you take the time to get information from all sides of the issue you are going to write about. That way your arguments might mean something. If you ask for things only on one side, then of course your answers will be tilted to that side. Ask your questions, let the respondents answer then draw your conclusions. Doing it the other way around is nothing but a political ploy to rouse people to your purpose.
No it is not contradictory. I simply said those that would not add anything and would replay with comments like "They deserve to die in there." or "They shouldn't have got in trouble in the first place." or not welcome. I am not looking for this kind of comment because I heard enough of them and I already collected information from that point of view. So it is not necessary. I am doing my research for two months now. I know the system is bias and racism is very strongly present there. I have talked to public defenders and asked for interviews. Not only white but black public defenders I interviewed 10 of them. No my questions are not bias. My project is based on young kids (many of color) that are sent to the most horrible prisons in the country for minor charges. The questions are focused on that because that is the topic I am working with. My questions were never about innocent people that were sent to jail. There is a lot of people that did and that is another topic that needs a project of it's own. Your fifth point. Thank you for saying your opinion. There is nothing I will add to that because I am here to collect information not to debate with you. You don't know what minor charges are? If you don't you can search about it. It will be good for you to know. It is good to have this kind of knowledge about the system. And finally you never answered the first two questions in this thread. Not even about the private companies. You don't need to give me advice on how to take information. I have been doing this for two months and I have interviewed many people. Not only black people that live in a bad neighborhood for example but all the way up to white privileged people. I have a lot of sides and views about this topic. Many on are recorded so yes I do collect from all sides. But thank you anyway for your concern. This is only a small part of my project that is to collect date from people online too. I am not here to prove my point or anything like that. I am here to collect information about others point of view about the system only. Thank you for commenting.
• Eldoret, Kenya
I don't think that such young people should be taken to such a place. As for people who are taken for minor charges, they should be rehabilated and made to correct their mistakes in better ways. When you get so hard on people, especially when young, you make them worst than help them.