FDC's NEW ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT UNITS
There is much debate concerning the FDC's new proposal for Administrative Management Units and like anything in this world there are completely opposite views that oppose each other. The idea of segregating FDC's most disruptive from those who are its most productive is one that derives out of common sense. In opposing such a rationale one must ask themselves, if it was your child (regardless of age) living in the midst of complete chaos and absolute danger would you want someone to change their dark fate?
Who would want their child surrounded by predators who will openly disrespect their child... extort them for everything they have... beat them down to an inch of their life for some self-perceived right... slash open their child's face just for standing up for themselves... stick a cold piece of sharpened steel in their child over and over while their eyes fill with utter fear... who will force their child to do things that would shock the conscience of any civilized member of society.
Herein, rests the reality that is surely not being thought of by anyone who opposes separating those who refuse to change from those who truly do want to change... A reality that has destroyed the productivity of others... A reality that is exactly why society has placed them in prison in the first place. Prison's goal should be rehabilitation, but if the worst can dictate the state of that rehabilitation, then there will never be a tangible opportunity for rehab.
The advocates for reform have pushed for change to the despicable conditions the Florida prison system has been in for the past thirty years, yet when change actually begins to takes place they still oppose it. The landscape is looking brighter than it has looked in a long time, so the question begs to be asked, "What would those who oppose separating the worst suggest too do with them? How would they suggest to change those who refuse to change... while still giving hope to those who want to change?"
Those who oppose the AMU facilities claim and ideally they are right, that the key to increasing public safety is to provide people with behavior problems the tools they need to live with all different types of people... That it is a mistake to concentrate and wall them off, because they will be released back into society completely unprepared to manage the challenges of living in an integrated society.
Unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world and they are not ideal individuals who care about picking up tools to become a better person. They do not care about cohabitating with other types of people and would rather prey on them. Those who will be designated to the AMU facilities are not interested in integrated societies, and this is exactly why they will be sent to such places. Something has to get through to those who refuse to change because if not, then they will create new victims in society upon getting released.
As advocates of change we cannot deny the need to control the uncontrollable and while it is unfortunate many will never seek change until they are forced to change, we cannot continue allowing the destructive choices of a few affect the lives of the many?! The AMU facilities do not suggest to throw anyone away, but to place them in designated institutions that will be better equipped at reaching them... that will be better suited to help them in their rehabilitational needs and that starts with something making them realize this is not the life they want to live.
Society is at war with a culture that has destroyed all manners of integrity, community, and conscientious accountability. It is a war that can never be won if people can continue in their destructive ways... Just as there is a need to break the spirit of a horse before you can train it up to be a champion, likewise, one must break the destructive spirit of an individual before they can be raised up also.
Reform champion Senator Brandes, Vice Chairman of the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee was quoted concerning newly appointed FDC Secretary Mark Inch, "He is recognizing that he can build a better incentive-based model within the prison system and he doesn't need legislative authority to do that... Incentives can help drive behavior and can both reward and punish behavior inside the correctional facilities."
We must advocate by learning how to work with our leaders as they need our assistance just as much as any other person. New rules have to go through formal procedures before they can be implemented and when a proposal is first published it is opened to public comments. In the event of strong objections, a hearing is held before the joint Administrative Procedures Committee (an oversight body of state lawmakers), which decides whether to green light the rule.
Any concerns that one may have about the AMU facilities need to be well thought out and presented to the new FDC Secretary Mark Inch and the hearings that the FDC has agreed to hold on the matter. This is where advocates can express their thoughts and suggestions, or send them to Society-First and we will publish them for all the world to see.
We must remember that we all need each other in finding the perfect solutions and as advocates we cannot be so blind that we fail to see when progressive change is, actually, taking place. It is up to society to ensure that the AMU facilities are not misused, and that integrity stays a part of their development... Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
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