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Do prisons make you feel safe?

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The idea of punitive action being asserted over me for my actions, whether they be seen as "good" or "bad" terrifies me because I am not sure how the entire process works, i am intimidated, and from every academic standpoint I have looked into has shown that nothing about prison seems restorative. I am a human being and I feel like that would be forgotten within this capitalistic institution should I ever become apart of a prison community.

11:11 AM | October 10, 2017

Carolyn Herz

Too many innocent people or people convicted of minor offenses are confined there, while violent criminals often email free.

2:14 PM | May 14, 2017


Because they tear up the social fabric, make people fear each other, & make everything they're supposed to solve actually worse

3:15 PM | May 7, 2017


Because prisons are not safe. In the neo-liberal society we live in, prisons are a business. Prisons need bodies and they exploit minorities to get and maintain the numbers. They are not just.

11:11 AM | April 20, 2017


I'm assuming that you mean, "do the existence of prisons make me feel safe". No. There are too many innocent people in prisons. Too many people, who require other forms of "rehabilitation", are dumped into the prison system and then unemployable. At that point, the only way for them to survive is to begin a life of crime. Also, many of the policymakers are the real criminals. And, they rarely go to prison. Many people who go to prison commit far worse crimes after re-entry. So, no. The prison system, as we know it, does not make me feel safe.

6:18 PM | March 25, 2017

Liz S

They make me feel like I live in a nation where someone can be stripped of their humanity, that this is a place where anyone's basic dignity can be on the line. Even conditionally, that make me feel less secure.

7:19 PM | October 10, 2016

Anezka Sebek

Incarcerating someone is humiliating and devastating to people who do not have the money to pay for a legal team. It does nothing to "rehabilitate" the person. It holds people back from contributing to their communities.

1:13 PM | September 12, 2016


They do not rehabilitate, they make things worse.

11:11 AM | September 7, 2016


No matter what, I will never entirely feel safe. Many people who engage in criminal activity are not caught. Plus other people commit acts in the heat of the moment. However, there are instances where certain people who continuously commit crimes such as rape and murder are sent to prison and can receive the necessary medical/psychological attention they need. This is why having prisons make me feel safer but I do not agree with sending people to prison for possession of narcotics when what they need is rehabilitation. In that instance prisons do NOT make me feel safe in the community because prison is where some individuals who do not commit violent felonies may learn how to commit one or get involved in a criminal organization. Prison changes the mindset of an incarcerated individual.

2:02 AM | August 11, 2016

James Fairchild

Correctional institutions do little to "correct" behaviors of the incarcerated and do much to destroy communities.

7:07 AM | May 22, 2016