A friend of mine turned a very horrible situation into a lifetime learning experience. A time that will change him forever. He sent me a letter from prison. With nothing but time on his hands, he drew on the envelopes he was sending out to friends and family. My envelope came with a pile of skulls on it. Check it out:
I guess now would be a good a time as any to go on a rant about how broken and fucked up our civil justice system is. Both sides of it. The court systems are run by District Attorneys with unlimited power, use of all government authoritative positions as witnesses and over zealous Assistant DA’s willing to convict anyone once the state is committed to prosecuting regardless of the accused guilt. If it weren’t for all of the advancements in science to disprove the one track minded charismatic District Attorneys thousands of people would still be in prison and on death row. A three letter word that is more valuable than S-E-X to someone wrongly convicted. That word is D-N-A.
The other side of the US justice system that is all screwed up is the ‘rehabilitation’ part of it. Come on, do you really think long term prison sentences are going to help first time offenders? Prisons themselves are a whole new society to first time offenders with a learning curve that doesn’t allow mistakes. Race segregation, new rules on who is charge, new ways instill prison justice on inmates and guards and wardens that know exactly what is going on, but choose to turn their backs to it rather than fight to correct prison life. To most, prisoners deserve whatever punishment they receive in prison because they are there, but if someone is wrongly convicted, everyday is a new hell. It’s not just about being physically or sexually abused, it’s also about being the one that needs to assault other prisoners because your new boss told you to. And I’m not referring to a guard or warden, I am referring to the leaders of each race in each cell block. Races need to keep their race in check. If an inmate is told by his cell blcok leader to assault someone, he/she needs to do it for fear of starting a race riot if the Wood doesn’t take care of the other Wood that is not following the prisoner rules. Kill or be killed. Put him in check, or we’ll put you in check.
This country needs quality affordable criminal defense for the accused. This country needs to hold state prosecutors personally accountable for people they wrongly convict. If DNA exonerates someone, the DA that prosecuted that person should go on trial to prove their innocence in wrongly convicting that person. We need accountability in our government, not a boys club of judges and district attorneys rubbing elbows to better their careers at the expense of innocent people.