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What Is a Crime? Who Is a Criminal?

Do prisons make you feel safe?

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The prison system itself is sustained by practices of suppression, white supremacy and hegemony. Workers/runners of the prison system have done far worse than those imprisoned.

2:14 PM | January 5, 2021


Prisons don't prevent harm, they just punish people after the laws are allegedly broken. Also frequently people are unjustly convicted or are targeted based on their race or financial status. Prisons create and replicate societal hierarchies, resulting in huge abuses of power. Inmates are subject to rape and additional violence by their wardens as well as by other imprisoned people.

6:18 PM | October 17, 2020


So many people in prison are there for actions or behaviors that have been criminalized while those with white skin and class privilege do not serve for similar offenses. Why should I feel safer when affluent white people-- like the students I teach-- can commit the same crimes and remain in our community? I know that with resources and support, most people will make good lives for themselves. Prisons work hard to dehumanize those they incarcerate. There is no added value to incarcerating the vast majority of people behind bars.

12:12 PM | September 10, 2020

Molly Hults

prisons do not rehabilitate, it can be argued that it causes increased criminality because those released have fewer options for employment.

7:19 PM | August 7, 2020

Stephanie Guy

The more I learn, the more I realize that prisons only function to punish not to reform or make communities safer.

6:18 PM | August 6, 2020


While those who commit crimes, particularly those of a violent nature, need to be dealt with in some measure (punishment/rehabilitation depending on context), I do not feel that prisons rehabilitate those who might need it and punishes everyone convicted of many different crimes in the same way, not considering if the punishment is just or fitting.

1:01 AM | August 3, 2020


They used to make me feel safe, but now I think they turn people--especially the prison guards-- into monsters

5:17 PM | July 23, 2020

Avalon Betts-Gaston

The people that work in prisons are the most brutal either verbally or physically. Prisons in and of themselves do nothing to rehabilitate people sent to them. It's the individual who rehabilitates themselves despite being in prison.

4:16 PM | July 23, 2020


They rarely, if ever, prevent or deter violence.

1:01 AM | July 18, 2020

Michele Hilbert

The real criminals are running the country. They are harming us every day thru militarization, unfair elections, underfunded schools & health systems, inappropriate responses to addiction & other mental health issues & so much corporate theft of labor, land & lives

11:11 AM | July 15, 2020