notes on prisons...

I. The fundamental rights of the prisoner

The fundamental rights of a criminal are no different from those of any other individual. If we accept that these rights are "unalienable", then the concept of "an eye for an eye" can have no place in a discussion about prisons and punishment.






In most prisons today, the rights to freedom, life, property and dignity are infringed through psychological and physical torture*, murder, forced labour, and humiliation - either by the guards or by other prisoners. And because we know this to be true, we are willing facilitators in the violation of fundamental human rights.

*to torture 1: To punish or coerce by inflicting excruciating pain 2: To cause intense suffering to (Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)

For an action to be torture, physical pain is not necessary. Spiritual, emotional pain are also the fruits of torture.