Darrell Cannon discussion

The discussion that the class had with Darrell Cannon last week was amazing.  Darrell was able to tell us so much information that we would not be able to get anywhere else.  I’m sure bits and pieces of his story are around, but the best information always comes from the main source.  The thing that made me think the most was when Darrell talked about being in Tamms.  He said that Tamms was made to mentally and even physically break the prisoners. I found this to be very disappointing.  The prison system should break people; it should help them.  It was reassuring to know that some of the guards were nice though.  It was nice to hear that some people were understanding and that they knew that the prisoners were people too.  I’m sure not all prisoners go to prison wanting to change and become different people, but they should have the chance if they want to.  If DOC officials and guards treat the prisoners badly and don’t give them a chance for rehabilitation then what is the point of the prison?….to keep them locked up for the rest of their lives without a chance to become a better person?

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