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  • matsutake matsutake Jan 6, 1999 1:40 AM Flag

    Big dividends

    Commentary: WHAT A PRISON SENTENCE REALLY
    MEANS

    Jeff Goodman

    When I was sent to prison, the
    judge mentioned just the length of my sentence. Had he
    included the entire scope of my punishment, he may have
    said it differently:

    "Mr. Goodman, I sentence
    you to take responsibility for every social ill
    --past, present and future. Each time America runs out of
    foreign enemies, itapparently turns on itself to find
    more. By way of media, politics and indifference,
    people who break the law, good law or bad, become those
    enemies and are then responsible for every social malady.
    Whether this is
    logical, you are the
    culprit.

    "You are sentenced to live in a maladaptive, alien
    environment that defies description. You'll be stripped of
    your work skills, your self-worth and your humanity
    while at the same time face the daily threat of
    assault, rape, false accusations and unjustified
    punishment. You will live like this for seven years. If you
    manage to reenter society as a productive
    person,
    some will say prison was just what you needed. If not,
    others will say, 'I told you so.'

    "Because of
    counterproductive prison policies, you are sentenced to live in a
    world of cruelty and indifference that engenders the
    very behavior it purports to alleviate. If you share
    this with those outside of the prison system, you will
    be called a liar; most won't believe that millions
    are spent on the proliferation of facilities that
    perpetuate harm, not repair
    it.

    "You are sentenced
    to consume $150,000 in taxpayer dollars for your
    prison stay. While lawmakers cite the ever-growing cost
    of incarceration as a public necessity, you will
    learn that 10 percent of that amount goes towards your
    daily needs, while the other 90 percent pays for a
    bloated prison bureaucracy immune from any cost-benefit
    analysis. These tax dollars will be siphoned from school
    programs, child care and job training, all of which do make
    our communities healthy and safe and save millions in
    the process. Despite the media frenzy that portrays
    society as seething with crime, you'll learn that
    relatively few prisoners represent a danger to our
    communities; we're mad at most felons, not scared of them. So
    you'll wonder why the majority of prisoners aren't on
    home arrest, a logical move that
    would save
    millions of dollars and obviate the need for more
    prisons.

    "Practical education programs, universally proven to
    drastically reduce recidivism, will be almost nonexistent. In
    fact, you will be disciplined for possessing more than
    10 books. Therefore, you will live in an environment
    where recidivism it tacitly encouraged, a fact not lost
    on those who want to run prisons for
    profit.

    "It is true that there are some counseling programs
    in prison and some people will benefit from them.
    Yet, if you attempt to describe the futility of a
    therapeutic environment placed within an atmosphere replete
    with dehumanizing policies, you will be told that your
    intentions are distorted and without merit.

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    • The sociology of criminal behavior was discussed as well as anywhere in the song "Officer Krupke" in West Side Story. One lyric stands out in my memory: "We're depraved on account o' we're deprived".

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      • The net is incredible - here's the lyrics (hope
        this comes out intact):

        TIGER, IMITATING
        KRUPKE
        Hey you!

        RIFF
        Who me, Officer
        Krupke?

        TIGER, IMITATING KRUPKE
        Yeah you, gimme one good
        reason for not draggin' ya down the station house, ya
        punk!

        RIFF
        Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke
        You gotta
        understand
        It's just our bringin' upke
        That gets us out of
        hand
        Our mothers all are junkies
        Our fathers all are
        drunks
        Golly Moses, natcherly we're punks

        JETS
        Gee,
        Officer Krupke
        We're very upset
        We never had the
        love
        That every child oughta get
        We ain't no
        deliquents
        We're misunderstood
        Deep down inside us there is
        good

        RIFF
        There is good!

        JETS
        There is good, there is
        good
        There is untapped good
        Like inside, the worst of us
        is good

        TIGER, IMITATING KRUPKE
        That's a
        touching good story

        RIFF
        Lemme tell it to the
        world!

        TIGER, IMITATING KRUPKE
        Just tell it to the
        judge

        RIFF
        Dear kindly Judge, your Honour
        My parents treat me
        rough
        With all their marijuana
        They won't give me a
        puff
        They didn't wanna have me
        But somehow I was
        had
        Leapin' lizards, that's why I'm so bad

        SNOWBOY
        IMITATING JUDGE
        Right! Officer Krupke
        You're really a
        square
        This boy don't need a judge
        He needs an analyst's
        care
        It's just his neurosis
        That oughta be
        curbed
        He's psychologically disturbed

        RIFF
        I'm
        disturbed

        JETS
        We're disturbed, we're disturbed
        We're the most
        disturbed
        Like we're psychologically disturbed

        SNOWBOY
        IMITATING JUDGE
        Hear ye, hear ye. In the opinion of this
        court, this child is depraved on account he ain't had a
        normal home.

        RIFF
        Hey, I'm depraved on account
        I'm deprived!

        SNOWBOY IMITATING JUDGE
        So
        take him to a headshrinker. You!

        ACTION
        Who
        me?

        RIFF
        My daddy beats my mommy
        My mommy clubbers
        me
        My grand'pa is a commie
        My grand'ma pushes
        tea
        My sisters wears a moustache
        My brother wears a
        dress
        Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess

        ACTION
        IMITATING HEADSHRINKER
        Yes, Officer Krupke
        He
        shouldn't be here
        This boy don't need a couch
        He
        needs a usefully career
        Society's played him a
        terrible trick
        And sociologically he's
        sick

        RIFF
        I am sick!

        JETS
        We are sick, we are
        sick
        We are sick sick sick
        Like we're sociologically
        sick

        ACTION IMITATING HEADSHRINKER
        In my opinion, this
        child does not need to have his head shrunk at all.
        Juvenile delinquency is purely a social
        disease.

        RIFF
        Hey, I got a social disease!

        ACTION IMITATING
        HEADSHRINKER
        So take him to a social worker

        RIFF
        Dear
        kindly social worker
        They tell me get a job
        Like
        be a soda jerker
        Which means I'd be a
        slob
        It's not I'm antisocial
        I'm only anti-work
        Glory
        Osky, that's why I'm a jerk

        A-RAB
        Eek,
        Officer Krupke
        You've done it again
        This boy don't
        need a job
        He needs a year in the pen
        It ain't
        just a question of misunderstood
        Deep down inside
        he's no good

        RIFF
        I'm no
        good

        JETS
        We're no good, we're no good
        We're no earthly
        good
        Like the best of us is no damn good

        The trouble
        is he's lazy
        The trouble is he drinks
        The
        trouble is he's crazy
        The trouble is he stinks
        The
        trouble is he's growing
        The trouble is he's
        grown
        Krupke, we've got troubles of our own

        Officer
        Krupke
        We're down on our knees

        RIFF
        'Cause no one
        wants a fella
        With a social
        disease

        JETS
        Dear Officer Krupke
        What are we to do?
        Gee,
        Officer Krupke
        Krup you!

    • reality check.

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      Cheers.

 
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