Happy Mother’s Day

by Larry Bish on May 13, 2012

‎”Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem”. – Howard Zinn

Also addicts and alcoholics account for at least half of our jail population. I’ve never listened to so many sad stories as I have since starting my job as Corrections Counselor. The dumbest come from outside the jail, from the people who think they know why people go to jail–e.g. one I heard yesterday while getting a haircut; “They go there to get out of the cold weather for the winter.” The saddest come from the jailed addicts (incarcerated is a euphemism). Most of them don’t realize just how horrible a childhood they had. This may hold particularly true for the 40 – 50 women, most of whom are serving sentences for “possessing” a “controlled substance,” of fraudulently acquiring prescription drugs, of fraudulent use of a credit card (always to buy drugs) or of some other related crime like shoplifting or involvement in something like receiving stolen goods or “obstruction” (lying to a cop) or (my personal favorite) offering a nice blow job to the wrong man–horrors! So, at the end of the day, most of them are there because they suffer from addiction. They get little or no sympathy–most of them are mothers–all of them are trying admirably to hide their anguish.

Much or most (or possibly all) addiction is the result of childhood trauma or neglect that manifests as the addict’s need to sooth or aviod fear, pain and rage. War on drugs? Are you kidding me? There is more than one way to think about a woman who tries to kill herself and winds up in jail for six months because the gun she used wasn’t registered or because some cop at the scene of her attempted suicide found illegal drugs. Now there’s one for both sides of the aisle, don’t you think? We are conducting a war on sick people. We are punishing people for having been abused as children. Yeah–the truth is never popular.

Disagree? Well . . . the way to disagree is to do so on evidence. Show me yours and I’ll show you mine (I’m anxious to see yours 🙂 — Happy Mother’s Day

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