Adolescent Youth in Prison

This is Ismael Nazario.

As a young teen under the age of 18, he was convicted in the state of New York, one of the only states that imprisons individuals under the age of 18. He spent 400 days in prison before the age of 18 and spent 300 of those days in solitary confinement. Ismael claims reminds us that no matter how much you scream or yell, you are the only one that is hearing your voice and that eventually, your thoughts become your worst enemy.

He mentions that correctional officers have a significant impact on not only his time in prison, but the majority of inmates as well. Prisons are meant to be a place of rehabilitation and depending on the correctional officer you have, it can be a decent time or a nightmare. He tells a story of how one correctional officers agreed to fight him and to keep things quiet, in which they both gained respect for each other. Ismael stresses the importance of assisting youth in prison systems and to encourage rehabilitation techniques to prevent them from entering again.

Until next time,

BradandBougiee

An Analysis of My Journey

 

Through this series of blog posts, I wanted to create a platform in which I could inform society about mass incarceration and its implications by making the subject easily relatable and easily understandable. I have found that adding humor or sarcasm to my writing has a positive effect on the quality of my blog. Interaction between blog posts has allowed room for healthy debate amongst ourselves and has created an outlet in which bloggers can receive valuable feedback.

Speaking of informing society, my blog posts were mainly consisted of posts about mass incarceration in the United States. I wrote about this topic because it interested me and I perceived it as an issue, that is often surpassed by other issues that have more publicity. Mass incarceration simply is not receiving the attention that it deserves and as a society, we all need to become more vocalized in order to press the issue. Through countless research, I have realized the struggles that inmates have faced and the issues that mass incarceration can have on prison populations, modern society, and the economy. I implemented a way in which this topic can reflect my own educational goals by writing an analysis post about the healthcare system within prisons. I want to pursue a career in the medical field and wrote my analysis post in order to express the degradation of healthcare in prisons as the populations within them are increasing. This issue needs to be resolved quickly and effectively in order to put an end to the injustice that mass incarceration is having on prisons and the communities surrounding them.

This was my first time ever blogging a topic that I was interested about. Blogging entails a very different style of writing as compared to the usual MLA or APA format that is required for most high school and college courses. The most difficult task in this assignment was revising and editing each post, because of my lack of experience in styles and methods used within blogs. I often reverted back to writing traditional research essay format, rather than a blog format at times. I’m not sure if I would have ever created a blog if I was not required to for a class,  but I am glad I did!

Throughout this assignment, I was also given the opportunity to read some of my fellow classmates’ blogs that pertained to a topic of their interest. It was interesting and enlightening to witness several different accounts and perspectives of what other people were blogging about. Through this process, I have realized that not everyone has the same opinion and it is inevitable that controversy will occur, no matter what topic it is. Through commenting and receiving feedback from fellow bloggers, I am further inclined to improve my writing and to support whatever argument I create with the strongest evidence possible.

Until next time,

BradandBougiee

 

 

Shout out 3: Speaker

Allow me to introduce Speaker, and advocate for assisting refugees in the Refugee Crisis. He spends some of his free time visiting local refugee homes and getting to know the people there. All of the refugees he has spoken to share something in common, the simply want a safe environment for their families and to obtain an education. Speaker discusses the immigration ban that Trump’s Executive Order fulfilled and how he believes that it will be unsuccessful, which turned out to be true. In order to resolve the refugee crisis, it is important to understand the process that they go through and why the became refugees in the first place. It is a very sensitive subject to some people, but Speaker does a great job of explaining it!

Until next time,

BradandBougiee

Shout 2: TOBEDETERMINED

I would like to give a shout out to a fellow blogger, TOBEDETERMINED, that comes from the Carolinaonourminds blog. TOBEDETERMINED introduces the controversial subject of how religion and politics are intermingled. The majority of this nation’s past presidents have been Christian, including Trump, and it would be interesting to see if their expression of religion has influenced their victory. Despite the separation of church and state, there are still many issues surrounding religious affiliation and its connection with with our careers. This is a very interesting blog and I am curious to see what they post in the near future!

Shout out 1: Kash$$$millionare

I would like to give a shout out to Kash$$$millionaire in his blog within frostyandfrenchfries for delving deep into the realm of marijuana legalization. Kash provides a unique perspective, because he comes from Colorado – a state in which marijuana has been legalized for medical use. Kash claims that hes has not yet observed any significant changes in the socioeconomic behavior of Colorado since the legalization. He proposes that in order to end the polarized arguments between both sides of the spectrum, more research needs to be conducted in order to properly understand and implement marijuana and its use within society.

Until next time,

BradandBougiee

Implications: What happens if mass incarceration continues?

If the level of mass incarceration of today continues or is elevated in the near future, it will cause an influx of issues within the prison system and surrounding communities.

As more people are imprisoned, the government needs to provide these inmates with services that they are constitutionally granted. In order to fund these services, the government typically uses tax dollars gained from citizens to finance the spending. This is important because as more people are being incarcerated, the government will need more money to continue their imprisonment, which could potentially lead to an increase in taxes. This would be infuriating to citizens, because there are ways to prevent the upward trend of incarceration rates that are not being recognized or implemented. 

From a prisoner’s perspective, the prison may become overcrowded and cause living and health conditions to deteriorate. Any area with a large population, enclosed areas, and a healthcare system that is not sufficient will likely spread disease throughout prisoners and cause major issues throughout the system.

Increased mass incarceration will also portray the United States in a negative light from other nations and our people. More incarcerated inmates means that there are more families that have lost a family member to the prison system, which may affect their relationship with each other. The United States already has 25% of the world’s population prisoners, it is insane to think that statistic can grow even further.

These are only a few examples of the implications of mass incarceration, and if nothing is done soon to weaken its growth, these implications can become true very soon.

Until next time,

BradandBougiee

Life after 44 years in prison

This is Otis Johnson. A man who entered the prison system at age 25 and was released back into society at age 69. The amount of transformation and technological advancement that the United States has undergone during the time of his imprisonment is unprecedented in society. How can one expect Otis to react to such a different environment?

Surprisingly, he seems to be handling his immersion within society fairly well. Of course he is caught off guard by many new technologies and food that are presented to him, but he adapts well enough to continue his life. He spends his free time riding the bus, meditating, and just observing society, since he has been away from it for so long.

The one thing he has been away from the most, however, is his family. He lost communication with them at an early point in his sentence and has not been in touch with them ever since. I believe one of the most detrimental things that imprisonment can do, is to intensify the strain on family relationships. Before people decide to make drastic decisions that could potentially ruin their life and cause them to be imprisoned, they should first consider how that decision effects their family.

Until next time,

BradandBougiee