I am not here to share statistics or number games, they are useless to reality in my opinion. What I have seen working in the jails in SF is more alarming than any statistician could ever come up with. The realities of what goes on in jail and who goes in to jail is barbaric. I worked both women's jail and men's jail, for over 3 years.
A hostile environment full of anger, hate, and ignorance. A place that would easily lose face in comparison to a zoo, or a dog pound, at least some keepers actually like the animals they care for.
A jail is a smelly, loud, hostile, energetically degrading place, where human beings are made to follow someones orders, live with other people who don't care for themselves, addicts, theives, murderers, rapists, chid molesters, drug dealers, and inocent folks.
The lack of human kindness, abounds, a criminal does their time, only to get out with more hostility and hatred and now the experience of hell, with no intention of going back nor the intention of changing thier ways that got them into jail in the first place.
Fights over using the toilet, fights over saying something someone took personally, fights over jealousy, or domination, or lack of language skills, or perceived threats. Constant vigilance over what is said or done, or eaten, or made. people who have let go of living thier truth, and begun living in hate and anger only to beget more of the same for themselves and from others.
imagine the lack of a gentle touch or a gentle word, imagine all your belongings that you had on you, being constantly eyed by theives and addicts. imagine roomates, hundreds of them, all in the same situation, without regard for safety or integrity.
Jails are not places to rehabilitate, they grow the sense of powerlessness and disparity among classes, races, and sophistication in crime. kindness begets kindness, cruelty begets cruelty, are you begetting something today?