abolishing prisons

Only a few days ago I asked this question on abolishing prisons. It’s one among many things that I think are important discussions we should have in our time. Here is a podcast by a prison abolitionist that you could listen to or you can read the transcript of the discussion.

Then I remembered this address by Clarence Darrow to Cook County prisoners in 1902 where he says

There ought to be no jails; and if it were not for the fact that the people on the outside are so grasping and heartless in their dealings with the people on the inside, there would be no such institution as jails.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

10 thoughts on “abolishing prisons

  1. shelldigger says:

    I am sentimental towards that ideal, right up until I recall how the R party is getting away with the constitutional atrocities they are pulling.

    Until we can strip them of their means and leave them destitute on the street, jail sounds better than letting them get away with this crap.

    SD, heartless S.O.B.


  2. renudepride says:

    The quotation by Clarence Darrow is very appropriate as a reminder to EVERYONE to treat one another kindly and thoughtfully. Good post! Naked hugs!


  3. basenjibrian says:

    This is all well and good. But vengeance is a deeply root demand in the human soul. And, I feel no need at all to treat avid and avaricious members of the Trump cabal with kindness and thoughtfulness.

    There are predators among us. Maybe some can easily forgive a priest that has been raping children for two decades, or a white collar criminal that has looted a pension fund. I am not a good enough person to do that.

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  4. Eric Alagan says:

    I believe in jails – specially for politicians, priests and purse-snatchers (aka bankers)


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