Letters to the Editor

Flawed justice

I was appalled after reading Fred Grimm’s Oct. 23 piece, Prisoners’ lives worth more than a pastry, on the trend of prison guard’s orchestrating fights between inmates over honey buns.

I think this type of behavior is another mark in the long list of signs that our criminal justice system is inherently flawed.

I find it ironic that as a nation that prides itself on being a world leader in terms of social justice and human rights, we persist to incarcerate our citizens at a rate that far surpasses that of any other nation in history.

The fact that the story is drawn in a youth incarceration context is even more disturbing.

As a society, how are we to address the cycle of recidivism in this nation if we are beginning the cycle at childhood?

Yodeige Thervil,