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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Story that Haunts Me

I read many accounts of injustices around the world and fret over them but few haunt me like this one of three prisoners in Angola Prison in Louisiana. They have been in solitary confinement for 30 years. It seems they are innocent and the prison authorites have been conducting a vendetta against them over all these years. AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Life in Solitary Confinement: 12,775 Days Alone How a person maintains their sanity under such a condition of torture, is a wonder to me. Just the thought of it makes be feel a sense of panic. In truth, it does drive people insane.

At first, I thought this was a "one of" situation. With a little research I discover it is shockingly common in the American Prison System. Increasingly, long term solitary confinement it being used.
Solitary confinement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia NPR : Q&A: Solitary Confinement & Human Rights

If this can be the practice in a country that believes in the rule of law and where people have the right of habeus corpus how more abusive under a system where these safeguards are denied.

I have long been aware of the inadequacy of the US prison system. There is something dreadfully wrong that this liberal democratic country the claims to believe in the rule of law should lead all other countries in the number of its citizens incarcerated.
The Straight Dope: Does the United States lead the world in prison population?

I guess those who believe in "lock them up and throw away the key" are happy. I am just one of the simple minded who really believes, "we are our brother's keeper".


At 12:31 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

Its sad being a American and its said that there is no country a American can go to and feel safe and welcome. Our politicians have taken so many of our rights away. Taken innocent people to prison or worse. Have insulted and destroyed other countries so that America hangs her head in shame. I feel the need to apologize to all countries and most people in the USA because of the treatment they receive from this land of the free.

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