Four jails New York City plans to replace its Rikers Island facility will have cells with natural sunlight, space for programming and a children’s play area,
That is plain bullshit to start there and to call it change. The question is, do we need to incarcerate so many innocent people and people who are victims of “normal accidents?”
Indeed, the conditions in prisons are deplorable, but part of the reason is that over 1/3 of those incarcerated don’t belong behind bars.
The other question is, should corporations and states profit from mass incarceration? This last question is at the heart of the problem as well as the elephant in the room. Instead of creating more hospitable prisons why not look at why we incarcerate so many innocent people or poor people who are victims of “normal accidents?”
NYC wasting taxpayers dollars to make prisons more friendly to families and inmates does nothing to reduce mass incarceration. Btw, once funding dries up and income from mass incarceration becomes necessary to maintain profits to states and big businesses, those facilities will be no different than the old Rikers.
Another example of how taxpayer’s dollars are wasted on projects that sound noble but are the same shit in a different package.