Incarceration Seen in a New Light
I believe incarceration could be a viable option for rehabilitating people who may be accused or convicted of a crime. Although it’s not possible now under our current government, as seen by Rikers Island, I believe that it could be a viable option when operated under the right conditions. As Steven Pacheco mentioned, when he was first arrested and incarcerated for selling drugs, he was ready to do it all again once he was released. In order to break the mentality and cycle of crime, there should be an implementation of government support to help those in need.
The underlying issue is that our society and government is inherently corrupt, those who are convicted of a crime are seen as inferior and a burden to our society, which is why they are cast aside. There are reasons why people commit crimes. I believe that if the judges, government, or even the police force take a moment to recognize underlying issues, rather than just incarcerating everyone, then there wouldn’t be the problems there are now.
If we put our fundings in developing, enhancing, or even dismantling the current facilities, and altering it to fit the needs of the society and the people, then it will benefit rather than destroy our society. Rather than using our government funding on creating new jails, we can also use the funding to reach out to people in under-served communities. It can also be used to target people struggling financially and mentally by providing resources that will actually make a difference. If we completely close these facilities, it will only result in more people in the streets. Even the thought of having no police force, where would we go to when crimes actually affect us and place our lives in danger?
It’s true that there is such a small percentage of people who are actually criminals and had really committed an immoral act, so I feel that there should still be some kind of incarceration in place to keep order in society. Whether it’s by dismantling the current facilities and reinstating a completely new system that can help those in need, incarceration should be a safe haven or a community, instead of being seen as a punishment and a prison. It will help isolate them so that they will be able to safe from outside influences, especially for those that have mental illnesses and need a place to just isolate themselves and rehabilitate.
There is a negative connotation associated with incarceration, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sadly, I don’t think it’s possible right now, but it is still a possibility we can dream of.