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Short thoughts on justice

July 19, 2009

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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