I must protest
Manuel Moncayo-Adams writes: “I have a family member in the Burnside prison. I’ve watched the peaceful protest out of Burnside unfold with a touch of hope and optimism. But the statement given by Justice minister Mark Furey makes me angry, frustrated and tired” (“Nova Scotia has responded to prison protest with nothing but contempt,” Voice of the City, posted September 8 at thecoast.ca).
This is a highly complicated issue. Why do people commit crimes? How do we rehabilitate those that habitually do? Can we rehabilitate those that habitually do? Should crime be met with punishment or with rehabilitation? Does punishment deter crime and potential criminals?
There are a lot of things to consider with this topic. Giving in to demands based on human empathy and without facts is not helpful. If one of these incarcerated people had raped or murdered your child or family member, you might have a different opinion.
posted at thecoast.ca by Paul Quinton