While the American public could probably care less about me as a person -- I'm branded a criminal, a felon, after all, and this will never change -- they should care about what our nation's prison systems do to those incarcerated within.
When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.
Punishment is an important part of the process, like the tilling of a soil where only the inmate themselves can plant new seeds. But, if they're to grow, it takes a network of support that barely exists.