Friday, March 30, 2012

"The Degree of Civilization in a Society Can Be Judged by Entering Its Prisons"

One wonders what Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, the author of the above quote, would conclude from the fact that with "216,000 victims, not instances," "prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008, likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women," as reported by Christopher Glazek — Raise the Crime Rate.

"America’s prison system is a moral catastrophe," writes Mr. Glazek. "The eerie sense of security that prevails on the streets of lower Manhattan obscures, and depends upon, a system of state-sponsored suffering as vicious and widespread as any in human history. Dismantling the system of American gulags, and holding accountable those responsible for their operation, presents the most urgent humanitarian imperative of our time."

[Link from #7 of Gavin McInnes' latest — 10 Hatefacts for Those Who Hate Facts.]

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for posting on this. Spot on. The barbarism of our priison system is difficult to verbalize. Not just the rape and sexual depravity, but also the common violence and brutality in the prisons is something that most people just don't care about. But when one looks at the number of people who are locked up for non-violent offenses, the level of violence in the prisons is even more shocking.

A sign of the sickness of our society. No question.

March 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

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