A couple of days ago, I seeded an article, link here:
Women in prison are being denied feminine items when they need them. In the course of posts, it was also revealed that prisoners are denied such basics as toilet paper, toothpaste, and other essential hygiene items. None of this is acceptable or defensible. None. Of. It.
I've started a petition at "We the People", links here:
Short URL: http://wh.gov/i0P0t
This isn't about me, or my petition. This isn't about what prisoners did or didn't do - because let's face it, more stories are surfacing about prisoners who were wrongly convicted or set up by the state even though they were innocent. These are discussions for a different day.
This is about what's happening to people who are under state control whose basic human rights, and US civil rights are being violated IN OUR NAMES by those we pay to guard and regulate them.
People complain about how much our prisons cost us. Some people complain that this nation jails more of its people, and a higher percentage of its people to population than any other on earth.
What hasn't been made public, or brought to the general public's attention, are the gross, harmful, torturous conditions many prisoners face, depending on where they were jailed or imprisoned and the whims of the powers that be.
Any time one human being uses another human being's own biology against him or her, that person commits torture. That's what torture IS. This is not what we're paying prison guards, staff, and/or wardens for.
We're better than this. At least, that's what we tell the world. So it's time to demonstrate what 'better' is.
Please go to either of the petition links, or even start your own and provide the link, sign, and let's get some public, political, and media focus on these appalling conditions. One person isn't going to change this. Change will require the participation of many. Please be one of the many.