The prison system is inhumane and the largest violation of human rights in America. Penitentiary comes from the word “penance”, and although I am not religious, this is clearly no longer the model for prisons in America. Facts like the ones above * reflect the inhumanity that occurs on a daily basis.
* In response to the following facts:
Did you know?
One in every 28 adults were in prison, jail, or in probation or parole in PA in 2009 (Pew Report, 2009)
There are more than 1.7 million children in the United Stated with an incarcerated parent including one in 15 African American children, one in 42 Hispanic children and one in 111 caucasian children. (The Sentencing Project 2009)
Over half of incarcerated fathers reported that they were the primary source of financial support for their children prior to their incarceration. (Glaze and Maruschak Incarceration and the Family: A review of Research and Promising Approaches for Serving Fathers and Families, 2008)