This is a follow-up to the Comments For Rara post. If you sent along a comment for her, you’re going to want to pop over see what was done with them.
The system is broken – so sayeth Fishie, and I completely agree with her. Pop on over to read what has both of us irrate at the moment. Maybe together we can come up with a good solution, because something needs to change. The system has been broken for too long and should not be tolerated as is anymore.
This is 2014, yet money can still buy freedom. If you can’t afford freedom, well, too bad. You can eat in jail.
I heard a story this morning on the NPR about poor people going to prison because they cannot afford court costs. This should not be. You should not have freedom because you are rich and you should not go to jail because you are poor.
In the story, they talked to one man who lost a job he was about to start because he spent 22 days in prison. He didn’t have enough money to pay court costs.
In Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephen Papa, a homeless Iraq War veteran, spent 22 days in jail, not for what…
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Head held high, she strides into the system,
(Did they handcuff her? Did she tell her beloved goodbye?)
Unashamed but tired of fighting,
She knows her fate is not yet written.
(Will it really be a year? Did they tell her why?)
So much time had passed, her life had gained some peace,
(Statute of limitations? How long could they leave this?)
Shattered but no time for crying,
I want to pick up the banner and march in the streets.
(I’m disappointed in our nation. I want to call it quits.)
Do you remember when you were a child and had complete faith in the police, our government, and our systems? You knew that good people would be proven innocent and that bad people would end up jail…
As we aged, and saw that the world is much more complex than our naive minds could process, a bit of our faith died. We realized that there are still humans behind each of those systems and humans are frail and prone to error. We aren’t even smart enough to put in the checks and balances that would ensure our mistakes were caught by others. We try, but we fail.
I’ve only met her in person 3 times, but, in the time I have known her, I know her to be a good person, and I am proud to call her a good friend. But, right now she is in a bad way because the system if failing her.
Today I grew up a little bit more. Today I can see our world a little bit clearer and I don’t like what I see. It isn’t pretty and it hurts my heart.