caitlinblen 
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SMU student, Psych and Crim major Lovely lady who likes to read, listen, chat, drink coffee, and talk to you!

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Re: “Prisoners "Rights and Amenities"

Can we just clear this up for a moment, is television really an issue that we need to spend time examining?
We need to ask ourselves as a society how our time and energy should be spent.
Should we spend all of this time re-hashing the problems of our current system, or should we be discussing paths leading us towards a solution?

Posted by caitlinblen on 04/10/2009 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Prisoners "Rights and Amenities"

When someone has come to the point in their life where they are facing incarceration, they have been outcast from society in some form or another. We can see prison as an opportunity or as a means of punishment. It has been proven that locking people away in a cell and throwing away the key does nothing for them, or the community they came from.
Whether we like it or not, these people are going to be re-integrated in to our communities following their release. Do we want to look back and say that we have given them every opportunity to make different choices, or do we want them to leave with feelings of anger, and that our system has failed them?
No matter how many "luxuries" you give them (which, as an aside, there aren't many, as I have visited the Burnside facility), the overwhelming feeling these people exist with in prison is one of confinement.
The taking away of personal freedom is punishing in itself. Do you really believe that giving these men and women TV changes the fact that they have committed an offense, and as a result of their actions, are away from their friends and family?
For many women, especially, prison is the first time they will have access to valuable health, employment, and counselling services they desperately need.
We want to do everything possible to send these people back in to YOUR community with support, resources, and the ability to live a "productive/normal" life.

Posted by caitlinblen on 04/10/2009 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Why Ginger's and the Granite Brewery closed

a sad loss to the local music scene
:(

Posted by caitlinblen on 02/20/2009 at 8:54 PM

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