When I vision institutional life what do I see? Where someone from the outside looking in would see murderers, rapist, alcoholics, thieves, drug users, drug abusers, drug dealers, evil doers aka villains like Dr evil, the enemy, or as the Godly would call us "sinners".Thrown behind fences, walls and cages like savage beast or mistreated pets to keep others unlike us safe from us. What I see, although some act or call themselves savage, I see a group of my peers. Some young some old all different races and nationalities. Fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, and nephews all different but the same. I see men who took what life offered them and made choices to get thru to the next day some choices made just to make it through the next minuet but we made these choices and we own it. We are the men who see life from all aspects we can taste both good and bad we have seen ugly and vile. We know what it takes to do what you have to do without excuses. Whether or not our choices was misleading, misguided, rash, indecisive, or just plan ignorant we learn and adapt. Not all of us get it, some get worse and continue to be lost and confused but before your freedom begins to make judgements.
What if you was innocent just living your judgmental life and all of a sudden your freedom was taken away? Could your bodies handle the improper bedding, the hard water, the below average food, the mental stress, or the reality of seeing and hearing about deaths from suicide and lack of proper health care. How about the strain it puts on the family, parents and children. Would your judgmental freedom be there to help you rise above this "Just Us System" and truly bring some justice if this position was yours? We are the future, believe that incarceration is like a womb preparing us for life like it was something new. We are molded into model citizens prepared to be positive and productive. Most prison stories aren't positive but if you believe in change then we together can be the difference.