WHAT TO DO WITH CRIMINALS
The spate of viciousness directed at drug lords and their minions, the drug pushers, has been inspired by the incoming Duterte administration, a professed hater of crime. And why not? Drug crazed zombies roam the streets and wreak havoc in most communities virtually disturbing peace in a fatal manner. They ought to be taken down since they have it coming.
Aside from those referred to as merchants of death, which those involved in illegal drug trade are known, we can even up the ante by including liquor and cigarette traders as well. As it were, almost 40% of crimes are committed by intoxicated persons. Almost a number of people suffer from irreversible ailments brought about by smoking, even passive ones are victimized. Government should decide once and for all whether to run not only after drug peddlers but also on other vice (liquor and cigarette) dealers as well. After all, the ill-effect of liquor and smoke is more than that of drugs. An ordinance banning liquor for 4 hours and smoking in public places is not enough.
Death to all those who violate the laws! Let the law of retribution takes its course and let the State and its apparatus comply with the mandate.
Abolish prison if necessary. It is not only archaic but irrelevant in a world constantly challenged by disorder. Peace must reign and let not anyone contradict the order.
If however the State would acknowledge the principle that there is still something in man worth saving and that he still can be restored and reformed, then imprisonment, no matter how fleeting and extraneous, may be a proximate option.
If the state’s machinery could not contain so much violence and decide to sustain incarceration, then let those in the business of prison management do the walking.
Prison service is not for the faint of heart. It is an adventure replete with lessons on patience and understanding. Criminals or those with offensive outlook do not become saintly once admitted into the prison community the next day. It takes years, at times a life time. That is why the courts would hand over judgment on the period with which an offender must serve time. The State even would spend tax money for the maintenance and subsistence of this sector let alone formulate programs for the rehabilitation of offenders, no matter how ghastly the crimes they have committed.
Prison personnel are in the midst of an artificial community simplified by inmates on the basis of deception. They must simulate an atmosphere of normalcy in an abnormal condition. They knew fairly well that the prison community is the flipside of the free community; and for a lengthy period, inmates must live through every situation that requires sanity in an otherwise insane consideration. Man was never born to be caged in the first place.
It is frustrating whenever recidivism is noted. There is failure of corrections when this happens. But of course, the rate does not raise much concern. In the Philippines, recidivism is 5% compared to US which is about 75%. There is still hope although much is desired.
For all we know, our prison system has been managed irreverently on the basis of politics and not on how to properly administer correctional precepts. There is abuse, incompetence, even ineptitude and stupidity that marks every corner of the prison service. There is nothing serious in the choice of administrators. There is compelling response however when the accumulated clumsiness would pass on from administrator to the implementers.
Suddenly, the lowly guards are blamed for all the expressed foolishness that would accrue. Suddenly, the prison workers, exposed in the hazard and blight condition, are the most culpable and should be administratively exterminated. It is like denouncing nurses for the wrong prescription given by doctors that made the patient worsen in his condition. It is like blaming SAF 44 for following the orders of a suspended PNP Chief.
We better check the correct equation to fully understand the social configuration of our times. Re-check if necessary.
What to do with offenders in prison? Are we adhering to the notion that assault is essential? The better question is: Will it be directed on the prerogative to choose a leader from the ranks of those who know nothing about prison administration, Or, directed against tainted prison personnel, Or, directed against inmates themselves?
My guess is as good as yours.