And we've all played into the system, largely excluding opportunities for us to love and to sacrifice and to be kind and to forgive. We're taught to pass off our problems to someone else, to the "professionals." We are brought up to avoid them, to ignore them. And once criminals are admitted for "correction," the system is content to simply punish them while the rest of us ignore them. We may not have created the system, but we are often complicit with it.

Our society ostracizes criminals, who are typically poor and/or of racial minorities. We count people as "too far gone," even going so far as to allow the State to take their lives. Released criminals have an incredibly hard time finding jobs. They are marginalized even more so than before by our (sometimes subconscious) prejudices against them.

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