scarier than Halloween will ever be
The recent Mother Jones cover story by Shane Bauer: "No Way Out"
article on solitary confinement
Thousands of people paying $40-$100+ each to walk through a world changing model prison that operated for 140 years and have themselves "scared" in the name of fun.
I've been aware of, and tangentially and directly related to, "prison work" for years now. There are many dedicated, compassionate people who are trying and fighting (from many angles) to combat the current state of incarceration in the U.S. For anyone, surely, the sheer statistics must be frightening.
The number of people incarcerated in the U.S. is staggering: 6 million people are under correctional supervision.
Then compare that to the number from ANY other country in the world: 5% of the world's population, 25% of the world's prisoners
Disproportionate is the all too generous word.
Yes, the tour was scary, and no, I couldn't keep from thinking too much. This is our history. This is what people do to other people--and it is growing, and people are profiting.
I love Halloween. There is something enjoyable about being fake scared. For one, I would much rather be fake scared.
history of solitary confinement
Posted by MJV at 2:23 PM