Nope, I’m not even being metaphorical on this one.
Recently, prisons have been on my mind. I have no idea why, not really sure where the thought process has stemmed from, but either way, prisons have been on my mind.
I recently learned that prisons are privately owned, and used as a means of profit.
This. Is. Disgusting. DISGUSTING.
This making money off human misfortune. Misfortune is the broadest of terms, but it’s ranging from unfortunate accidents, unfortunate decision making, unfortunate disabilities, unfortunate placement.
I’m going to open this up a bit more, and look at any pro-profit organization that does this.
Pro Profit vs. Non Profit
I used to work in direct care with adults with developmental disabilities, and the first company I worked for was a pro profit company. The clients had their own homes, their own space, paid their own bills, and were supplemented by the state. Some had proper jobs In the community, some had other jobs like paper shredding which earned pennies on the day, but promoted the clients’ value within themselves, gave them the feeling of accomplishment.
The way the system worked was depending on a client’s independence, or depending on how much assistance a client needs, the state allots x amount of staffing hours per week. The state essentially pays the staff. The agency worked for basically arranges the staff, helps clients with their money management and so on.
The agency would promote a decrease of independence so that the state would allot more money to them. They would use this extra money for enhancing the agency, instead of the staff that works directly with the clients.
This is taking advantage of what could be a potentially beautiful situation.
The opposite, the next agency I worked with was constant you working on teaching their clients new skills, and helping them to do more things for themselves, this needing less funding. They were a non profit organization. As a result, clients were happier, like had a bigger presence in the community, and live better quality lives.
Now, on to prison systems. If they are a pro-profit business, the. It will enhance crime rates In the states. After all, if you have enough money to invest in a prison, you must have some sway in local government (this is assumption, I don’t have anything to back this up)
What’s more, there is no want for “correction“. It’s just a place to stick the “trouble makers” (quotations are because the definition of “Trouble-Maker” varies from person to person, and not everyone in prison is necessarily accurately described as such), and benefit from them.
However, what if there is the opportunity to learn new skills to benefit the community and the economy?
My proposition is this:
- Each prison should be entirely self-sufficient.
- Inmates learn about solar, wind and water energy, and learn how to build and harvest those energies to create power for the prison kept self.
- Inmates grow their own food organically, and eat what is produced. If no one works, there is no food.
- There would be allotted hours per week each inmate would have to clock in an area of their choosing after they have gone through all the training and probationary work hours to ensure each job is fully experienced. By meeting this hour requirements and/or exceeding them, they would gain special privileges. The hours of course would be a humane goal, not something that would be impossible to attain without being worked to death.
- Any extra food or power generated would go toward helping their surrounding communities, and are at a discounted, if not free rate.
So my goal is to make enough money that I can buy a prison to set this system up. It would allow self-worth to be promoted, a realization that anyone can do good in society, no matter what their background. There would be pride and self worth instilled, and new skills to bring into the community. It would bring team building skills, and help relieve pent-up energy.