For my first blog, I would like to talk about justice vs. punishment…
Do you remember the first rule you broke? Was it something simple like taking that chocolate chip cookie that your mother said “Not before dinner”. Was it wetting the bed but blaming it on spilled milk? Whatever you did wrong, imagine if everyday of your life someone pointed out your mistake or bad decision. I have been in prison now sixteen years and have nine more before I get the “eligibility” of parole. In January 2017 I received 10 years for the nature of my crime. I was lost because I thought that is what the judge did when I was sentenced. So are these next nine years punishment or justice. I am in no way discounting my victim and his family. I personally would not say 15 years is the equivalent of a life, but I do not believe the judge inappropriately sentenced me. Was that not justice? If you broke the law today by speeding, maybe five to ten miles over the speed limit, are you a bad person? Of course not. First, this no such thing as a bad person. Second, you are not your bad dececions. Yet when you commonly look at prison, prisoners, or criminality in general, you tend to have a sour disposition. Why? When it is not just us who make bad decisions. Hopefully now you think differently. At the end of the day, whether you called in to work sick but were not really sick, you filed that deduction that truly was not yours to file, or some minor petty law that should not “really”be a law, maybe you relook at how all of us are humans who make decisions. Sometimes not good ones, but justice can not be just for you and not for us. They say justice is blind, but sometimes for prisoners it seems invisible. Change your point of view and change the conversation.