Journal of Prisoners on Prisons V14 #2
Imprint: University of Ottawa Press
72 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: January 2006
This volume of the JPP looks at the aging process inside prisons, where every problem is amplified by the prisoner’s age.
From the changing nature of dreams, valiant attempts to forestall mental decline, and thwarted attempts to access education, to the pain of watching children grow up without them, and the impossibility of adequate care in their declining years, prisoners share the desperation of growing old behind bars. Even in the stultifying environment of prison, however, personal growth can and does fl ourish and prisoners can contribute in many ways. Is the person who committed a crime in 1965 or 1985 still the same person in 2005? The resilience of the human spirit and the power of time, even in the absence of any other encouragement towards rehabilitation, have proven themselves over and over again. But even “model prisoners” are permanently held suspect.
What kind of justice system have we constructed when even professed Christians no longer believe in redemption and forgiveness? “Godot never arrived, and Vladimir and Estragon only grew older while they waited.”
Published in English.