This is one topic that many do not want to talk about. But this is something that effects all of us in one way or the other.
The people of these Islands, now-a-days, find a lot of their family members behind bars, cast in prison for many different reasons. Even as an innocent person, you can find yourself in prison. This is a big money programme when you really look at it; police, lawyers, judges, court house workers, prison guards, cars, trucks, vans, the prison itself, medical for the prisoners, food and the list goes on and on. Prison and prisoners cost this country a lot of money and we all pay to maintain this prison system. What do we get back from it? Only more repeat offenders, even some prison officers turning criminals themselves. Our prison system is a big failure.
For while you are in prison you can get any kind of drugs and a very good education of how to commit many different kinds of crimes. That is why you have a lot of young children that have been exposed to this prison system for something like a splif of ganga, coming out after serving a short time, then turning into hard core criminals because the prison is a breeding ground for this/
Maybe if we can stop sending the very young school leaver to prison for petty crime and instead sentence them to hard core training school. Maybe we can put a curb on a lot of these young people turning to the higher type of crime they are committing as more and more young people find themselves with their backs against the wall in the many ways they now do.
Many of them will turn to crime. Some of them are doing it out of a great need for many of them are not bad, but they will end up in the prison system.
Our prison here in Cayman does not really help the person to become better. That is why you can have so much crime inside the prison itself. Many people that are in that place do not deserve to be there, for as I know, you can be there for years, innocently. There are also people there that have served their time, but because of some frame up by a prisoner, or prison officer, they are charged with another charge and kept in prison.
We the people on the outside do not really know all the things that are going on in that prison, but there are some of us that really know.
Some people make a lot of money off that prison, but the Government keeps pouring money into locking people up instead of trying to fix the problem that is making hundreds of Caymanians – mostly young to middle-aged – being placed in the prison system.
Remember, from prison they come back to the streets, many times a lot worse than when they went in; many filled with hate and a new education taught to them in prison.
So Cayman, police and all those that think that you are doing such a good job by putting that person in jail for something very simple, take another look at what you all are really doing. Take a look at our prison system in 1960 and compare it to today.
At the same time, look at the amount of crime and types. The prison gets bigger with more and more people each year, costing this country millions and millions of dollars that could go to education of school leavers in areas and programmes that would help the country decrease the amount of people behind bars.
Northward is a cesspool for crime and really does not help anyone; only those that make money from the prison system. We must help ourselves to live a lot better.
Emile S. Levy