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EYE-BALL Opinion on – A Harrowing Human Rights story – Elderly Prisoner rates soar in USA …

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A Harrowing Human Rights story –
Elderly Prisoner rates soar in USA …
Aharrowing story came in today from the Human Rights news feed about the US’s soaring rates of prisoners over 55 years of age.

To read full story please click here.

This story paints a picture since 2007 where the rate of increase is 94 times that or other demographics.   It contains a link to a 104 page Report titled:

Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States.”

This is valuable reading to help understand the plight of the aging in scenarios where there is no one to take care of them.

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  1. Herman
    February 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Some of the stats we get from the USA are truly frightening. Ex-service men are too large a proportion of those sleeping rough.

    The republican presidential nomination process is filling the news waves right now. During the week Mitt Romney said after winning Florida, to the effect, Barak Obama you were elected to lead, you choose to follow, now get out of the way of real leadership.

    Then yesterday he said, he is pitching his reform at the middle class. There are mechanisms to help the poor, the rich are doing OK, so he intends to work for the middle class.

    This divide will be exacerbated all the way to the first Tuesday in November. Those sleeping rough, will commit a petty crime in the winter months for food and shelter. The aged made redundant have little hope. All are adversely affected. Most symphathy goes to those single mums or unemployed dads. Unemployment creates divorce. It is sad, and a downward spiral.

  2. david the pragmatist
    February 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    i am not sure what your trying to say. If this is just another injustice that human beings in a modern society have done unto them, so be it. If this is an example of you growing old in your prison, so be it. If modern society cannot help itself in so many ways and falls short of providing for the underpriviledged then let it be noted.
    Yes I care for everyone in our society, but caring and having justice is such a many sided thing.
    Sounds like spiritism is again the only answer.

  3. February 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Herman,

    You got the right context … that bloody idiot ‘David the Pragmatist’ is at it again – forgot his fruit-loops this morning I bet … he commented after you and waffled on about nothingness again …

    Yes the stats read like the uncared for aged are committing petty crimes to get food and shelter – what a reflection on society – people unwilling or can’t help themselves being left out in the cold … who said America was a wealthy Nation … surely a measure of wealth status is in how a Nation cares for its weakest and most needy …

    They is no upside media play in these numbers except if you’re a Republican but then their policies don’t give a rats ass about these people anyway – how do you get a message like this out there?

    Your comment about middle-class – where is that today – was that upper-class four years ago … and the slide continues …

    EYE-BALL …

  4. February 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hey you boof-head …

    Appreciate the feedback but if you’re gonna want to be spoon fed every bit of information so you can understand a human interest story when you see it – I’m happy to help you understand what it is you do not understand …

    How much of the story did you read before you decided to have a say – and that about sums you up – always got an opinion when you only know the topic header – never mind the substance … just wingin’ it of the top of my head until someones tells me what it’s all about …

    You are someone who talks to be heard as opposed to talks to be listened to …

    This is a Human Rights story dumb-dumb … what did you think it was about … no comment or judgment was made … just an information piece shared …

    Get over yourself …

  5. david the pragmatist
    February 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Yes I read the whole piece. Now go think again and read what I said.
    Dum Dum, Boofhead……..now thats interesting ….where are you Mr Moderator ? ….taking the low ground again…..under the circumstances, I will stay here on the high ground.

  6. Herman
    February 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Jeffery Archer (ex Lord and ex Lord Mayor of London) has written a series of books of short stories since coming out of prison. I think the one I am referring to might be Cat of 9 Tales.

    It is an interesting piece. He tells of strange crimes, and strange occurences within prison population. In one he highlights how one particular character commits a crime each autumn to get a short sentence. This also means he gets labelled a recedivist.

    It is one thing to be pragmatic, and say “such is life” (Ned Kelly), and it is another thing to raise consciousness, fight apathy, and trust in humanity to attempt to try to affect change.

    I have not really researched spiritism enough to believe I am an authority on it. I have done sufficient research on other forms of spiritualism to know prisons are often constructs of the mind. That said, it is also difficult to not see them as restrictions of liberty, punishment, cruel and too often the tools of despots. Modern prisons tend to date back to about 1830. Before that, most villains were merely executed.

    When you hear of mandatory detention, we have one standard for women and children compared to men. What is at stake? Checking who they are, and health checks. The pre requisites to allowing them Australian Citizenship. Is that a prison? It becomes one when their claims are not processed equitably.

    Last Autumn I was lucky enough to hear a man from UNHRC speak on human rights abuses in war torn countries, and their investigations. He highlighted that in 19 investigations the 4 worst investigations included Guantanomo Bay. The American military were lord unto themselves, and too often on suspicion. (They would not allow UN investigators unfettered access to prisoners, and wanted to attempt to influence the ultimate report on their activities). I could find a reference if you wanted to read the lecture.

    It is really good to simply increase awareness.

  7. david the pragmatist
    February 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    “Yes I care for everyone in our society, but caring and having justice is such a many sided thing.
    Sounds like spiritism is again the only answer.”

    This is the quote from my text

    ….the initial one was ” i am not sure what you are trying to say”

    Again I repeat

    ” i am not sure what you are trying to say”

    I have a suspicion that because it is/was America (USA) and I note in your comment the following “He highlighted that in 19 investigations the 4 worst investigations included Guantanomo Bay. The American military were lord unto themselves, and too often on suspicion.” that again that was the inference.

    Maybe I am wrong but the bias in the sentiment is something to do with “they should know better” or words to that meaning.
    That said I believe the American society is terribly flawed and arguably so insular that they have lost contact with what is left “and i stress” what is left of a rational world.
    When it comes to human rights, death penalty etc the USA is at the back end, but let me tell you along way from being last. The focus that you should bring attention to is thus more focused on a world that has created freedom to avail itself of such emotions as against the world that has not.

    To inform you more about “spiritism” google Alan Kardec and you may have a chance of understanding. Please do not confuse it with “spiritualism which has a religious connection.
    You can be a spiritist regardless of colour, creed or religion. It is the only hope there is and in saying this I am not even sure it exists!.

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