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Do prisons make you feel safe?

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Yes
9%
No
91%
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Rina Desai

Our current model is not rehabilitative, does not promote social re-integration, and due to things like solitary confinement compounds the mental health issues many people have before going in. Additionally, only addressing the root causes of crime - economic inequality, inadequate mental health, gender inequality, and the valuation of greed over love and nature - would make me feel safe.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Anonymous

Because I grew up thinking that prisons incarcerate those who are dangerous to society. Just a few months ago when I began working on HAL, I started to challenge that narrative and I am working on reunderstanding how prisons operate in society. While they make me feel safe, I am gradually learning that prisons do not, in fact, make me any safer than without them.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Darren Mack

I don't see prisons like I see law enforcement daily that to some extent makes me feel safe in public. With many states that have much less prisons than NY, I believe we could have a state with less prisons.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Bob Saccamanno

Reminds me of totalitarian regimes

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Nico

Prisons are dangerous places, and they harm people, both inside and outside their physical boundaries. Some of those people inside are my friends, and the prison system is hurting them. We have so many prisons, and as a trans person I still don't feel safe in society. Prisons don't protect me.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

Jocelyn Simonson

Prisons make me feel sad and angry. The state could help me feel safe by giving better/more resources to communities it has historically ignored.

10:10 AM | April 15, 2016

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

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