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What Is a Crime? Who Is a Criminal?

Do prisons make you feel safe?

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Because if we do not offer rehabilitative resources; such as education and/or some form of skill, we are dooming them and ourselves to a doomed future.

11:11 AM | April 15, 2016


They are shaped both architecturally and in practice to instill fear in prisoners and visitors.

11:11 AM | April 15, 2016


Prisons do not address or resolve the problems.

11:11 AM | April 15, 2016

Briana Reitano

They are currently used to punish, not rehabilitate.

11:11 AM | April 15, 2016


Prisons have increasingly made me rethink our obsession with law and order, crime and punishment. Instead of making me feel safe they make me angry. More and more prisons seem the modern version of the slave ship - to purposefully exclude entire segments of the population from participating in society.

11:11 AM | April 15, 2016

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid

State sponsored violence implicates me and injustice disturbs me

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Donald J. Trump

I don't know about you, but I like walls. Big, strong walls. Join me and make America's prisons great again. America won't be safe until we transform the entire country into a prison by building a wall to keep the rest of the world out. I know lots of wall builders, the greatest bricklayers, really great guys, it's gonna be great, and I'll make Mexico pay for it.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Elsa Lilja

Prisons are imagined/presented a dark place, something to be kept away from "general population" as if the people incarcerated cannot be considered to hold the civility of "general" people. That suggest that certain people are considered an inevitable threat that must be kept locked away from others, and discards any ideas about what may have lead them there. Prisons will not make me feel safe until the pathways that lead people there are adequately addressed. With insufficient reintegration, I don't believe prisons invite any incentive to address or prevent what leads people to commit crimes. Deterrence is both historically and contemporaries insufficient incentive.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Jerry Blassingame

Prisons are not designed to make communities safe. Prisons are designed to punish people. Incarceration is for people who get caught. Getting to know my neighbors make me feel safe.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Justin Clark

While there are those in our society whose crimes may justify incarceration, there are scores of men and women, often poor and of color, who are disproportionally incarcerated for little more than minor drug offenses, petty crimes, and even simple misunderstandings. When we incarcerate these individuals, we crate a system that makes more criminals, hardens our law enforcement, and destroys communities. This must change.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016