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Prison: Punishment for Poverty

By Ophelia Williams, Aug 2, 2010 12:12 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Where I’m from, boys don’t become men, they become inmates — lifers with their maturity stifled by institutionalization. Girls, don’t mature to womanhood, they become baby-momma’s who steal and prostitute their adult lives away having their maturity stifled but the “products” of institutionalization. Mother’s don’t stick around to watch their children grow. They instead abandon them at birth and escape their responsibility to return to the call of the “crack-rock”. Fathers, they don’t exist and it is on the promise of hope that our aging grandmother’s, who in their “golden years” attempt to raise children fifty and sixty years their younger. Then, you have the institutions that feed off this prevalent despair.