Tyson says more must be done for prisoner re-en­try

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

For­mer heavy­weight boxing cham­pion Mike Tyson gave the key­note ad­dress Thurs­day at a con­fer­ence on prisoner re-en­try, say­ing that the pri­son sys­tem isn’t do­ing a good job of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing in­mates and that there needs to be more pro­grams to pre­vent peo­ple from go­ing there in the first place.

Tyson, who has been jailed twice, spoke at the con­fer­ence at St. Peter’s Uni­ver­sity in Jer­sey City.

“There’s no such thing as re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Pri­son is all de­bil­i­tat­ing. When you go in there, you never come out the same per­son again,” Tyson said. “This is some­thing a na­tion of savages would look at as some­thing of a dis­grace.”

Tyson spoke about his trou­bled past but said, “I’m on the course of be­ing the per­son I want to be. I have dig­nity. I have self-re­spect.”

Tyson was jailed in 1992 for rape and went to jail in 1999 on as­sault charges.

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