Habitat for Inhumanity

Every now and then you see something you almost wish you had not seen. It disturbs you; it forces you to realize something about your world that you might rather not think about.

Below, watch Canada’s first prefab prison being built.  It’s not far, just minutes away from my comfortable home where I can settle in one of several rooms filled with the paraphernalia of my life and look out into my yard or my street, open the door and step out or just crack the window and hear bird song. Reminds  me somehow of Johnny Cash . . .

There is nothing humane about prisons, no matter what the spin.  Who ‘deserves’ to be in one? There are no simple answers really, and perhaps that’s what’s most disturbing.

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5 responses to “Habitat for Inhumanity

  1. Yup, there are people we all hear about, and we feel much safer because there’s a big wall, razor wire and lots of locked doors between the rest of us and them – no question.

  2. The situation you describe, Peter, sound right. However, as Salina wrote, there are people that deserve to be locked up. I have to admit I have little sympathy for those who commit serious crimes that injure others. Lock ’em up.

    Great photos, by the way.

  3. meant we each need to think about how we deal with people guilty of crimes. Today I am sitting in ‘Gladue Court’, designed to work with Aboriginal offenders by considering social, cultural, etc factors in sentencing. Simple Lego prisons are not a solution in these circumstances

  4. Salina Szechtman

    I am sure you did not intend for this to be read as we should not punish murderers or rapists or others who commit crime against society and individuals. I am sure you did not mean that they should be allowed to roam the streets to commit more crimes. What did you mean?

    • I meant we each need to think about how we deal with people guilty of crimes. Today I am sitting in ‘Gladue Court’, designed to work with Aboriginal offenders by considering social, cultural, etc factors in sentencing. Simple Lego prisons are not a solution in these circumstances

      Peter Shepherd, Photography Watershed ’96

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