As many of you know, I see “law and order” in the USA as a profitable scam for the few at massive costs to society. My explanations about this issue are however often too long for some readers. So let me use a picture and its caption to illustrate my point. Taken from this webpage found via an article on NPR.
The photo shown below is part of a series taken by Richard Ross at richardross.net
I’ve been here a week – I have one more week to go. I’m here for a violation (probation) I was put here originally on battery charges (a fight with another boy). When Youth Services (Douglas County ) were called to take me I didn’t want to get in the car, so I didn’t put on my seat belt – that gave me another violation.
I got into a fight with a kid because this kid was calling my mother names. I was also charged with criminal damage for beating up a car. I was beaten up by my step dad when I was little. My mom doesn’t work. We live with my biological grandfather on my dad’s side. We pay rent in order to stay with him. I’ve got two brothers and one sister, they are 7, 8, and 9. My step mom has been with my dad for five years. I’ve been SANCTIONED here for two weeks. I can’t leave earlier. I went to day school (next door—for kids thrown out of regular school situations), got into a fight in regular school, went to day school next door for eight months, transitioned back to regular school, and got in a fight within 3 days. So the long story short: I didn’t do my schoolwork, then seat belt stuff. I said, ‘NO.’ I didn’t want to come back here. But here I am.
– N.T, age 12
On the bright side- the people responsible for arresting, processing and housing this boy in prison are making a nice living. It is one of the few industries with growth potential left in the USA.
Isn’t this synergy of Capitalism, Fascism and Calvinism what truly defines the USA.
What do you think? Comments?