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The Family Separation Crisis Exposes America’s Addiction to Incarceration


#1

The Family Separation Crisis Exposes America’s Addiction to Incarceration

Somil Trivedi

The continuing cruelty on display at our southern border has unleashed a righteous, primal scream of revulsion from Americans across the ideological spectrum. The outrage, plus a successful ACLU legal effort in San Diego, hopefully has helped turn the tide toward family reunification.


#2

It’s so much easier to “punish” than to remediate. It externalizes the problem and turns the “offenders” into “the other,” the ones who “violate our laws.” The Protestant/Calvinist focus on punishment, sin, etc is in our historical roots, and it will be difficult to eradicate as long as people feel justified in pointing fingers and blaming the others for problems they themselves have helped create.


#3

I was incarcerated once, for something that warranted it.

Children, however, do not deserve to be incarcerated.


#4

I live in a Massachusetts town with a new shopping center, a new transportation center and a new justice center.


#5

Does the Justice Center have incarceration facilities ?