ANGER--There is no doubt the best definition I have ever heard to define anger is
"perceived injustice". Something is not fair!
It is the most predominant emotion that fills the air within the criminal justice system as a whole. Running a close second is sadness. There are plenty of others, most are associated with hopelessness. In the three decades that I was employed within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections one of the hardest things for me to witness was an incarcerated individual perceiving that they are living in an environment where nobody cares. Indifference is the attitude of the day.
Some would say why should anyone care about people who have been found guilty and convicted of crimes serious enough to end up behind fences filled with razor wire and the capacity to shock the you know what out of you.
The system as a whole is one thing, but there are many good people working within that system to try and make a difference. We believe that all the women who live at TCI or the other minimum security facilities deserve to be treated humanely. This is not only because of who they are but even more so because of who we are.
God forbid that an employee step up and speak out about the perceived injustice that at times happens. Some are bigger issues than others. Some are big enough that the concerns are brought before federal judges.
The Demeter Foundation, Board President