I must protest

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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