Have we become a nation where human rights are denied the incarcerated and the mentally ill? And we just lock them away and pretend they don't exist?
Torture has become a debate topic. Barbaric treatment is endorsed by some with the excuse that "it works" - without regard for the humanity of those tortured by barbaric means.
All of this is interrelated. We've outsourced penal systems to private enterprises: Businesses, that sell shares to investors and likely have lobbyists. Lobbyists to feed the insatiable super max beasts via longer prison terms and harsher treatment.
Why do we spend so much money housing prisoners and so little treating the mentally ill?
If it's effectiveness we're using as a yardstick, then let's look at the effectiveness of treatment. Let's look at humane treatment. For both prisoners and mental illness. Let's consider humane treatment of those we've imprisoned in Guantanamo, those tortured on our watch and still terrorized by goon squads. But also shine a light on similar mistreatment of citizens detained right here behind prisons walls.
Can we not realize that humane treatment is for all? That no matter what crimes people may have committed, it is wrong to endorse ill treatment. Especially by private corporations, which sell shares to investors and pay lobbyists to urge legislators to write bills demanding longer, harsher sentences.
Torture is wrong. But so is harsh treatment of criminals and mentally ill people.
International Covenant on Civil and Political RightsCould we please, at the very least, abide by international standards?
1. All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.
3. The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation.
Or have we become a barbaric nation?
a comment from William Thomas