HITTING ROCK BOTTOM (chegando no fundo do poço)
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons”.
Our state prisons are nothing but inhuman, cruel factories of evil and prove that our social and political institutions are, to say the least, cynical.
We even have to face the ridiculous situations of robbers who were already hauled in but had to be later unrestrained allegedly because there was no space in Porto Alegre penitentiary.
I hate to believe that there must be some kind of uncanny strategy to boost criminality by not investing in new correctional institutions. It might be due to our historical bureaucracy that is enrooted inside our state, or embezzlement (the fraudulent appropriation by a person to his or her own use of property or money) or are the bigwigs the ones who control crime in this country? Whatever the reason, the situation is on the verge of a chaos.
Those who committed crime should obviously be punished but this punitive justice should aim the restoration of the individual to the social life. If the place that the offender goes to only evokes his worst feelings, is home of the most unimaginable fears and just make them worst than before– as are our prisons, then the state should be punished for not living up to the Social Contract. To legitimate these atrocities the state uses mass media to entertain people and keep them lethargic as savagery runs rampant.