Corrections On The Run
I’ve never seen anything like it! Opposition to the solitary confinement bill, LD1611, on Wednesday, February 17, brought out an army of corrections officials, guards, social services staff and hangers on, all glaring with contempt at the assortment of people advocating for prisoner rights. It was an army coming out after a guy with a sling shot. If there was one there were fifty people lining up to cover the Commissioner’s back. With the Committee as obviously in his pocket as they are, it is totally mystifying as to why he would need anything more than a pack of Rolaids.
The only conclusion an objective observer could reach was, “Me thinks you protesteth too much!” Objectivity, however, was in scarce supply.
The Committee missed the point entirely. If it takes an army to silence a guy with a sling shot, what does it take to silence a prisoner with nothing but a pen and a piece of paper? That question was answered over and over again – it takes a dysfunctional system with a fierce commitment to secrecy. What you do is more important than how you do it, so long as you don’t cross that proverbial line.
Perhaps the sage was right! “The pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword.”
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