Do prisons effectively capture the raw and unchecked nature of man’s brutality? In answering this question, I’ve had an entire yard of subjects ranging from C/Os to murderers to study. What I’ve come to discover in answering this question is there is nothing moral or civil about the nature and administration of prison. Here, the keepers become just as criminal as the commitments.
Case in point, guards become sex offenders. Women prisoners get it the worst. They’re frequently forced into a sex trade for the little extras. For me, a member of the male gender, my bat ain’t so appealing so the molestation becomes most subtle. Instead, I’m ordered to get naked, lift the jewels, turn around and spread my cheeks until the crest of my rim appears. Ain’t that a crime? Surely, there’s a commitment (i.e., a prisoner of the sort) whose mirrored behavior landed him a stiff prison sentence. And to think, somehow society has accepted the notion that the most effective approach to deterring its criminal element is to barrage it with the very inhumane treatment it seeks to deter. As bad as it may seem, I can honestly say it gets worse.
Take for example the “Potty Watch” experience. It entails being bound in a paper jumpsuit and duct tape. It’s a hostage situation. Whereas, as the days of inhumanity pass a C/O stands post playing in your dung anticipating the discovery of contraband. I know plenty cats on the yard who received a 25-to-life sentence for a hostage situation. The staff is into robbery too. Aside of the petty material items they chose to take from me, it’s the 211 of my mentality-both good and bad-they seek. For example, they attempt to displace the work ethic my grandfather taught me with this quasi-slave system. I refuse to partake in it. So they call themselves punishing me by taking my idiot-box (i.e., TV). Their idea is that I’m to benefit or be rehabilitated in some sense by slaving for a nominal wage, if any, in the government’s multi-billion dollar prison industry. In the same breath, they attempt to chalk-up the slave labor as punishment. All this seems like gorilla pimpin’ to me. And here it was I, like many Americans, thought pimpin’ and pandering was illegal.
I must admit it’s been simply too easy to be overwhelmed by such circumstance. Sure, there’s a story to tell. However, what I’ve come to discover and experience is simply profound. Because, where we find the term prison, as defined by various glossaries to be any place of confinement of persons accused or convicted of crime, the reality is this definition is genuinely lacking in meaning. Thus arresting a clear-cut understanding of what a prison truly entails. If words could describe the situation, the definition should read:
Prison (priz’ən), n.  A compound composed of present day mentalities which founded this country;  A medium used to mask present day enslavement;  A social device facilitating class and racial hierarchies within the makeup of American society;  A place of isolation designed to silence one’s voice and influence; discourage family and community ties, support; and a process of natal alienation;  A state of mind constraining the ability to constructively think, act or make decisions conducive to a prosperous and fulfilling life. Syn. 1.) Incarcerate. 2.) Imprison.
Perhaps, given more detail to this definition society will come to realize that America’s penal institution becomes the most effective tool of Domestic Genocide.
Ivan Kilgore is the author of Domestic Genocide: The Institutionalization of Society. Friend him at Facebook/Ivan Kilgore.com. You can contact him directly at:
California State Prison Sacramento,
Ivan Kilgore, No. V31306, FB2-118,
P.O. Box 290066,
Represa, Ca 95671.
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