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thomas hill
Posted about 2 years ago
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
It will be hard to make the "system" more fair when the bedrock of this society rests on racism. When white people (I know this is an overly broad brush, but generally speaking...) automatically give other White people the benefit of the doubt, whether in a court room or in society in general, when it comes to believing a White person or someone of another race. From the beginning of an issue a White peson is racist when, 'just on the complexion of someone's skin" they believe a white person's position over a non-white
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thomas hill
Posted about 2 years ago
Do jails (Gaols) rehabilitate?
Well, in my experience, "Jail" itself does not rehabilitate, "time" does. I spent a total of 23 and1/4 years in prison. I served a 31/4 year sentence, got out, and immediately returned and then did 20 years. Now that was an experience! I don't want anyone to think I'm taking it lightly because the experience was anything but... However I believe this is what happened: At 18 i received a total of 12 years in which I was to 'do' 3 & 1/4. during this period i just suspended my life and couldn't wait to get out to continue on with my where I left off. With that attitude I got out and 'continued', which got my right back into prison with a 20 year mandatory sentence. There were lots of issues during both events which were just wrong and prejudiced against me but that isn't the issue here. However during the 20 year sentence, I began to reflect on my life, what went wrong and led me to that place, what could I have done differently, reading and writing and pondering on relevant issues and then the resolve to never return. The 'system' did not rehabilitate me even though I received a college degree. However given the time to reflect and ponder on my life, issues that impacted my life and eventually the realization that my actions have consequences and that I don't want to waste my life in someone else's dream/concept (someone had to come up with the idea of jail). Now, more than 10 years post incarceration, I am still dealing with the injustices of this American judicial system which to this day, disriminates against me for something that happened more than 30 years ago and have paid for it in full, my mind is made up not to go back.