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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

On following rules: good or bad example for prisoners?

I love this quote by Albert Schweitzer: Example is leadership! 

If we want prisoners to be law-abiding citizens someday, it is important that all of us set good examples. The Grand Old Party did just the opposite last week. While prisoners are expected to follow rules and abide by policies, Republican leaders chose a different route at their national convention. 

On rules 

Many prisoners wind up going back to prison after they are paroled. NOT because they reoffended, but because they violated some rules. 

The same is true about prisoner misconduct “tickets.” Many times, the tickets are issued for the violation of a rule, rather than troublesome behavior. 

Now let’s talk about the convention. 

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in most political activity inside federal buildings or while on duty. 

Yet, the political confab barely got started when 

There was a presidential pardon from the white house;

The Secretary of State gave a political speech while on business in Jerusalem;

The First Lady spoke in the rose garden; and

The Acting Homeland Secretary presided over a Naturalization ceremony. 

On Policies 

Due to the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control has issued these policy guidelines for all Americans. 

On social or physical distancing: “stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people...in both indoor and outdoor spaces.” 

On face masks:wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household... 

Michigan prisoners have similar instructions from the Department of Corrections. In addition, to avoid personal contact, the department has stopped all personal prison visits. 

Now let’s check on what prisoners saw on TV at the political convention. 

No wearing of masks;

No social distancing;

All kinds of personal contact---even shaking of hands! 

On behalf of all my brothers and sisters behind bars, I ask: What kind of a message is this sending? Where is the respect for rules and policies? 

Don’t talk to me about political bias. If the shoe fits, ... 

I’m standing in solidarity with all occupants of prisons---inmates and guards. Rules are rules, policies are policies, and neither have been written or adopted to be disregarded by those of us in free society. 

“Example is leadership!”

Albert Schweitzer 

“To flaunt is not!”

Doug Tjapkes

3 comments:

Louise Reichert said...

thousand times YESSS!!!!

Chuck Jennings said...

As a non-profit,I would be careful in taking significant political public positions. It can and will impact your attempt in getting donations as well as paving the way for inclusion for all sinners.

Fawn007 said...

3 of the guys they just moved over here tested postitive and now they just took them out of here. It is one of the guys they took out of here originally to make room for them so all they did is spread it to the other units. This is crazy. Now we all will have this stuff.
MDOC has no ideal what they are doing!!! Good to see someone cares, ty Doug. The Govenor is CLUELESS!