People say it is important to have hope and faith. I think that the same might and should apply to being thankful.
For the first time in your 40 years, you give serious consideration to ending your own life. Not only to stop the horrible and cruel daily trauma, but also to force everyone to acknowledge that in fact you were actually murdered by the Department of Corrections (DOC), which has done so much damage and harm behind the euphemism of security that death was a better option when compared to another day of getting hurt.
Derek Chauvin’s verdict has so little effect on the day to day misery of prisoners in Virginia, and even less so for the Black prisoners held at this prison.
Showers during day shift, phone calls/emails at night – This policy ensures that many prisoners cannot get in touch with their loved ones due to conflicting schedules.
While it is accepted that the foundation of any good and healthy relationship is communication; it is also a rule that communications to or from prisons is problematic.
I want to draw attention to one of the many failings of the prison industry: its carbon footprint.
I call my son almost every day, sometimes twice a day. But at 20 minutes at a time, there is simply no way to delve deep into his crisis, not in a real meaningful way.
This is, we are told, part of the mitigation technique of social distancing. Here, that’s no more than a bad joke.