The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.
Sister Tesa, the founder and executive director of Hour Children, has good reason to be concerned. The people in the photos are the mothers and children her nonprofit helps get back on their feet when the women get of jail.
The show has been approved to be shown to inmates, in an attempt to help them fully understand the way they should conduct themselves while doing time. In order to avoid controversy, the show has been re-edited to better suit viewing in an actual prison.
Bogus and false arrests happen. Most people are quick to judge until someone they know and care about screws up and is on the wrong side of the law. When that happens, you'll want that person to receive fair treatment, and for fair justice to run its course, even if the person is guilty.
Of the 2.3 million prisoners now being held, more than 100,000 work in federal and state prison industry programs. This doesn't mean the usual cooking and cleaning, but work that produces products for sale -- about $2.4 billion dollars annually.
When looking beyond the mugshot to the bigger picture, mounting evidence suggests that older adult offenders are also the victims of abuse and neglect vis a vis our prison system. The time to take action is now, both for our societal mores and our collective pocketbook.