by Dortell Williams (incarcerated at LA County California State Prison)
How is it, my dear
a misguided youth of 10-12 years
can be corrupted by adults or his peers?
In that short span of say, 2 years;
an urban generational fate
from the playground to the police
and then prison the gate.
Tossed away with an eternal date;
warehoused for perpetual profit
in the bloodied hands of the state.
The irony is clear, no doubt
a dearth of rehabilitation, a lack of reform.
Nothing whatsoever to tout.
Redemption in the military, rehab centers and churches churn
Yet CDCR fails dismally to teach or even learn.
30 years-plus it takes to reform 2 years of corruption.
It’s a farce, it’s an outrage
claiming to rehabilitate humans in a cage.
There’s another model that far exceeds abroad, Google Germany, Switzerland
or Norway’s prisons and grant the nod
You want public safety, humanity and morality wrapped in one and tame?
Stop the insanity, the profanity and inhumane shame!