Decarceration

Why do we have prisons?  What exactly is the purpose of prison?  Is it to show the prisoners how horrible prison can be so that they will never want to come back?  Is it to provide the best cost service to the government in housing our fellow citizens who have broken the law? Is it to provide vindication to society by continually raising the level of distress to the inmates?  Or is it to prepare them for the reentry back into the free world?  Do we care enough to ask?

Artwork by Glynn B. Cartledge

Artwork by Glynn B. Cartledge