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Prison Break & The Culture of Complacency
I’ve been pretty fascinated with the NY Prison break since the news announced. More and more details were revealed as time went on, so it was really interesting to hear the final details of the story. Here’s a list of those move the prisoners made to escape:
1. First, the inmates cut neat rectangular holes in the steel at the backs of their cells.
2. They made dummies from sweatshirts and stuffed their beds during the night.
3. The men climbed five stories down between the wall and the catwalk to one level underground. The men then joined together on catwalk within the pipe system. They spent months looking for the perfect way out.
4. Until they cut a hole in a 24-inch steam pipe. With the heat turned off, the pipe was cool enough for the men to crawl through.
5. They crawled through the pipe to a manhole about 400 feet beyond the prison walls, cutting through a steel lock and chain to open it.
But what was real thing that let them accomplish all of this: Neglect.
Many of the rules and procedures usually followed by guards were ignored. Missed checks, guards missing from stations and in one instance bribes were exchanged between inmate and prison gaurd. A prison worker was even recruited to help the prisoners.
A culture of complacency and laziness among some prison guards, employees and their supervisors was exposed.
Our prison system has a long way to come if we truly want to improve its standards and get past its history of complacency.
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I agree @drwhat. And with an increase in inmates, it just seems like a messy, complicated problem. Do you think the de-privatization of prisons would help?
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb Perhaps, I think that's a big step. Protocols aren't really enough because they just get ignored. A bigger thing, I think, would be putting less people in prison that don't need to be there, and helping to do some retrograding about laws that have changed and getting people out that wouldn't be put in if they were caught doing the same thing today. There's a lot more people in prisons than need to be, but nobody involved in the "industry" of prison gets any benefits of taking them out, so no one will push for it.
2 years ago·Reply
That’s an interesting idea @drwhat. I agree! I think that there are way too many people in prison (and for way longer than they should be). And a top of that those children of prisoners are WAY more likely to end up in prison themselves. It’s just a vicious cycle for them. Do you think loosening laws would help?
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb Loosening laws yes, but because i know how much of the public reacts to that idea, also just adjusting laws to suit contemporary society more appropriately would be beneficial. Think about it this way: there are people like Bill Cosby that cannot be charged even though it is known that he has committed dozens of crimes--but they aren't considered crimes anymore. Meanwhile, those who are convicted with drug-related felonies (for which the laws were written in the 70s) now have minimum sentences of at least 20-40 years, depending on the specifics. Seems a bit off, doesn't it? Things have changed. At the time when many laws were written, they were being written that way to achieve a specific goal or task of the government at the time and for the government to look like they were doing good and on the path people wanted. Things have changed, but our laws have not changed to match the current state of things.
2 years ago·Reply
Good point @drwhat! I also just have an opinion of the war on drugs myself. I think that the drug-related felonies are way too harsh, and I think like you said it’s very unfair. I think our justice system has a lot to do with it too. I feel we are arresting and punishing too soon. The negative behavior the police and the prisons have with the people makes it a vicious cycle.
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