On behalf of the many of us who are “BEHIND THE WALL.”
I write from an individual perspective from those who are like-minded in an effort to enlighten the masses and to seek responses for concrete-solutions in a world of the social exile. My intentions are to network with the diversity of Bloggers who share a common interest and concern for those who face everyday challenges within the prison environment. As our situations are reflective of a systemic apparatus of rehearsed practices from Law Makers and B.O.P officials in order to sustain political points and projected revenue? As I hope to raise more awareness on issues relative to Criminal Justice Reforms, I aim to provide first-hand knowledge and experiences to a “Factually Failed” system of draconian (Excessively Harsh and Severe) legislation and policy-making. As the misleading and fabricated fate resembles the lack of urgency which is placed-on such an important Topic. Let us continue to advocate for change and re-structuring for those who are “BEHIND THE WALL”
NO EXPIRATION TO OUR MORAL OBLIGATION!
Despite the data of the 910,000 men and women who are “BEHIND THE WALL,” the statistics still reflect that people of color are the inheritors of the many injustices. During the Days of the so called “War on Drugs.” Law makers instituted tough-on-crime bills to impress their constituents and to meet policy agendas. In efforts to persuade legislators that their approach was productive on crime; Drug czar’s law enforcement agencies and even politicians would dramatize the narrative by utilizing tactics such as over exaggerating when it came to certain terms such as “Crack.” Therefore, without any forensic or scientific evidence, knowing that this would send panic and confusion throughout mainstream America, Congressional representatives would naively corroborate in pushing for harsh legislation, (i.e. mandatory-minimums, 3-strikes laws, etc). Law makers would purposely mis-inform the media outlets regarding drug related incidents (i.e. such as the death of Len Bais, a prominent basketball star in the mid 1980’s) who die from a drug overdose of “drinking cocaine,” not crack? But law makers penalty provisions regarding cocaine-base?
Without expertise and by being unfamiliar to the intended purpose behind such legislation, often times people of color would fail victim to society’s disproportions regimens. Ro justify previous policies, former Presidents would enact legislation that would only impact the urban areas (mainly ghettos) within the US resulted in mandatory-minimums sentencing, also attributing to Mass-Incarceration. Years following that legislation, law enforcement officials had to actually lure a small time drug offender on Lafayette Boulevard in Washington D.C to substantiate the lie of former Present George H.W. Bush, as he made fabrications of “crack: being sold across from the White House? Moreover, President Clinton introduced the DRUG ENFORCEMENT LEGISLATION ACT, initiation 3 strikes penalties, more mandatory minimums to sentencing guild lines and Career offender enhancement within Drug Statues to persuade politicians to campaign for stiffer penalties for small time offenders with prior offenses. This pandemic impacted mostly urban area, as the threat of Law and Order (Lock-em-up) policies forced the fear of even pregnant drug addicted mothers to miscarriage, and in some instances resulted into toilet-babies , causing other negative alternatives to circumvent going to the hospital for treatment.
As a result, the Federal government refusing to pay for the treatment due to Medical Regulations, calming that since drug abuse classified as a mental illness, it was a State responsibility? Hospitals across the country would report Mothers of similar ethic backgrounds, who admitted to drug use to the State Child Protection Agency, Who would therefore have those Women arrested and/or children taken? Jennifer Johnson of Seminole County, Florida, first African American woman convicted of the special crime of using drugs while pregnant was charged with delivering drugs to a minor? Within the 60 seconds between the baby’s birth and the cutting of the umbilical cord was consistent enough to charge and prosecute her based on a theory from the Assistant States Attorney, Jeff Deen. She eventually served one year of house arrest and 14 years probation.
Even within the B.O.P., African American prison staff come to work everyday and would “Blast” their office entertainment systems to rap music, often quoting lyrics and familiar rhetoric to identify as of being “from the hood” in order to relate to the relative mindset of those incarcerated. These sentiments of insecure guilt symbolizes a sense of “I made the right choices” to justify and/or turn a blind-eye to the obvious statistics of Mass Incarceration. This Denial disposition supports the wrongs of our past behaviors, we request for logical avenues of reform and pray that opportunities are made available in the pursuit of a positive outcome. Although our living conditions may be discomforting and our means of resources sometimes seem skeptical, we no longer walk in the bitterness of victimized casualties and remain faithful in our endeavors. As 2017 almost reaches its end, we are witnessing America’s social transitioning which has enabled us to surpass those old segregated impediments and racial inequalities. By recognizing our diversity, multi cultural ethnicity and the respect for each individual rights. Let us provide inclusion and stand together for what’s morally right in fighting this new “State of Emergency” known as the Opioid epidemic. Let us not this time politicize a Public health crisis and open our hearts, minds and recourse’s to prevent another mistake as reflective of the past, because at the end of the day, it affects us all, in some way or another.
May we continue to progress within the Struggle