Some criminals never feel remorse for their crimes.
They continue to harbor as much anger, hatred, resentment and disregard for the welfare and rights of others as they did when they committed the offenses which resulted in their imprisonment in a prison of county, state prison, or federal penitentiary.
However, hardened criminals do not represent the majority of people serving time for any mischief.
The majority of the inhabitants of the penitentiary establishments regret practically every day having succumbed to irresponsible, stupid, thoughtless impulses, some aggravated by immaturity, alcohol, illicit drugs or “run with the wrong crowd.”
For most of this group this time of year is extremely difficult as they lament not being with family or friends and not being able to otherwise enjoy what the holiday season has to offer, including holidays. traditions they know and love, many since their childhood.
This is a significant price they continue to pay due to bad attitudes, hard-heartedness, and influences that have caused them to stray from what is right and expected in a civilized society.
Prisons have a responsibility to do everything possible to help incarcerated persons avoid repeating the criminal behavior described by the word “recidivism.”
The holiday season can be an ally in helping to achieve this result through the sentimentality, awareness and generosity that the season generates.
Consider this example reported on December 3 by WHYY News in Philadelphia:
According to the report, 18 men incarcerated at SCI Phoenix, a maximum security prison in Montgomery County, Pa., Recently raised $ 1,450 to purchase at least two science lab kits for students at Stephen Girard Elementary School in the south of Philadelphia.
One of the inmates, who has been in prison for 30 years for mistakes he made when he was 22, said: “If any of these lab kits can change a child’s life or spark enough interest in science to do anything other than go to jail, I think it’s a victory.”
This opinion is undoubtedly correct.
Gifts at school represent a significant financial sacrifice. Inmates only earn 19 cents to 51 cents an hour working at various jobs in the prison. This means that it took thousands of hours of work to raise the amount of money in question, although it is important to note that some inmates also borrowed from their families in order to contribute.
It brings up a question about inmates in county jails across the region: How could their lives be made more meaningful and charitable during this and next holiday season through projects to help the less fortunate or some other cause. important?
A positive dialogue between prison staff and returnees – and, where possible, even hardened criminals who experience some change of mind – could help pave the way for something good never before imagined.
It is worth finding out.