MISUNDERSTOOD (inmates)

For too long the eyes of the people have been blinded by our Alabama government. They have allowed  themselves to be tricked and fooled by our government into believing that the whole of the Alabama prison system is not culpable, is untrustworthy,  or just not deserving of having a given opportunity at freedom. They call us animals and often times depict us as being monsters, to serve the social public eye; to make them believe that we should not be released back into society, neither soon or at all.

And for years, it has been allowed for the people to see it that way but that can no longer be allowed. The eyes of the people must be enlightened to see that they are being played for pawns in a chess game that they have no idea that they are involved in. They are being used as financial and systematic puppets by a government whose only concern is keeping them blind from the truth, and keeping them issuing funds that they say are allocated for all these corrections programs for our betterment and rehabilitation. But the truth is these programs that do exist, the state has no part in creating, as they come from the fee people in society [or prison] who are not blind, and who see that although we are incarcerated, we should have the opportunity to be exposed to something that can help us become better people who can once again fit into society.

Alabama truthfully does not care about our corrections, and that is an inappropriate and quite void expression that has been given to define our government prison system, and the people of society have been paying tax dollars not in the name of corrections, but big business.

Alabama has no desire to rehabilitate us because now we are the new business investment. Marking the politicians as crooks who make investment out of criminal activity. They discovered a way of making it legally acceptable, and we are no longer a responsibility, but a profit margin.

But we ask you a question, Society? Why is there a need for such market trading and share buying into private prisons? And prisons in general? This is not supposed to be a way of creating income for our government; it’s suppose to be a place where we are placed into to go through a strong and structural level of rehabilitation until we are deemed fit for social re-emergencr. But, the truth is, our government has no corrections going on for us, and the only programs that we do have that assistance is in corrections, our government has nothing to do with them.

We are not humans to them, but property. So why would I want to give my cow away, that I raised to eventually bring me a profit at the cost of its life, any kind of intelligence? Because then it will learn how to get away from me and I will lose money? So I have to do what? Keep them stupid and uncoordinated so I can control them. But the thing about it is this: even cows get mad!

So, what do you do when you have nothing conducive to your growth that helps you desire to be better and different? That gives you hope of seeing freedom and family again? You fill that void with drugs and violence. Which is what has happened. We get high and kill each other. Which is a fate for us that the ADOC is well satisfied with; that keeps them from having to worry about ever releasing us. That is their answer to our mass release, which is keeping us under oppressive circumstances, which only creates a recipe for internal inmate homicide.

They are so quick to show you all of the negative things about us on TV, but what about the good things,  like guys who graduate or participate in the social, not government, but socially instituted programs on classes that really make an effort to rehabilitate ourselves?  Why do you, the people of society,  continue to support a system that does not work because its intentionally designed not to? Do you think we are overcrowded for nothing? Its not by chance, but carefully crafted. This is why you have laws like the habitual offender act that is designed to keep the so-called scary criminal off the streets forever.  But what about the criminals that has reformed themselves? Do they not deserve an opportunity? Should there not be a measuring stick for them? You are being controlled by the media and manipulated into contributing your hard earned money and votes to support a system built on human, racial, and social hatred. Not to mention greed. Is this how you, the People of society, view yourselves?

I’m sure you don’t, however, every time you allow them to hold on to these inhumane laws, this is the portrait you paint and present of yourselves.  It’s funny they made and hold dear to this habitual offender law for us, yet they habitually offend us every day when they beat on its because they feel they can; and get away with it. They feed us food not fit for human consumption that literally says this on the package box, and every time they convict us with these illegal sentences, trying to use a law that is supposed to go against double jeopardy. Yet, I end up doing more time for a crime that I’ve already done time for !!

Are we not human beings too? Does our rights stop because we face so-called lawful punishment? ! They are killing our bodies, soul and spirit in here, and taking us away from our lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness; not to rehabilitate us toward change and self betterment, but profit. There is no longer the law anymore. Its just a loosely. . . allocated. . . word.

People can truly change even if they are in prison. You can’t blame all of the apples and call them rotten because you found a few or one that was. You must give them all a tested chance because any other method is unjust in the eyes of God and human rationality.

If we seem animalistic, you should thank your government for that; for not making your family members better potential citizens, but mentally dysfunctional sales items, and our AIS No. is merely our bar codes.

And to end my article, I will give you a deeper thought to ponder on:  If they are not instituting your tax money to create a true system of corrections, then what effect does that have on the level of crime rising around you in the street? After all, you cannot fill a prison without criminals, correct? And what happens when the crime isn’t being committed fast enough or at a desired capacity? Well, I guess in those moments you might have to instigate a little in order to get things moving, huh?

All this talk of changing laws to make things better, but all they did was tweak a few things and remodeled the same laws they already had that needed to go, just so they can keep the same system they’ve always had and, meanwhile, no doors of change or chance has truly come. And we still sit here crowded on each other like sardines.

Wake up, Society!! Prisoners are People too, and God is not asleep. Alabama will never truly be free until its people in society open their eyes and free their minds and begin to see.

Support a true cause for a free and rehabilitated Alabama.

Article by aspiring writer Mr. Mark Giles, aka the Gifted #1
For opinions and comment, contact Mr. Giles at:

Mark Giles
AIS No 230243
Donaldson CF
L-54
100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, Alabama 35203

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