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Do prisons make you feel safe?

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Yes
10%
No
90%
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Steph

I believe as a youth they might have made me feel safe knowing there was a system in place for "punishment" but now being an educated critical thinker that I am. I realize that mentality was taught. I realize the truth is punishment doesn't heal. It traumatizes.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Anonymous

They don't solve problems, give people resources or tools, or transform harm. They just silence and get rid of people while keeping them barely alive.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Anonymous

To some degree

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Khalil Cumberbatch

With recidivism rates as high as they are (67% nationally) a prison is not serving the purpose of rehabilitation in the name of "public safety."

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Shakti Castro

Prisons exacerbate the problems that cause criminality

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Cara Knowles

It is being used against the people it should be helping and making feel safe.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Jane McNamara

They create more violence than they could ever possibly stop

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Anonymous

Discrimination

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Robin Kirk

I don't think this is a yes or no question. Unfortunately, poverty, abuse, substance abuse etc. damage some people early on, and they need to be in some institution. This is a minority of current prisoners, to be sure. But we need some facility/treatment/place for psychopaths. I say this from the experience of representing men convicted of murder and sentenced to death in my state.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Tiffany Campo

Prisons do not make me feel safe because they do nothing to shape the face of crime in the outside and because I think we have a real problem with humans being abused at the hands of the state.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

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