I know nothing about prisons, the workings of a criminal mind or how the systems of incarceration facilities operate to minimise recidivism. What I do know is, we can dramatically change the current outcomes by introducing a consciousness of moral law.
The most basic method of group thought and group control is routine. Routine has the ability to manipulate and manufacture a semblance of order while the storms brew in the souls of individuals.
This is true of a home, school or workplace that is considered strict for the sake of order rather than dovetail discipline (order) and develop personal awareness for an individual’s ability to make free will choices.
There comes a time where the natural order of things reveal themselves. Parents feel the grief of ‘The rebellious years’, schools like the workplace can control a person as long as the person has the appetite for higher learning or the incentives of a job outweigh an unhealthy workplace culture. In all these areas there is still a relative amount of freedom.
Prisons however don’t offer any privilege of freedom by its very definition. A person is there to be punished for a crime and to be rehabilitated by order of the state. If the prison system has narrow room for the most the most fundamental of human motivation, to love and be loved, routine alone feeds toxicity. The current silos model of prison systems leaves little room for character development.
To bring a healthy change within a prison can only come from two areas.
- The leadership/ management team of a prison must be disrupted to believe change is possible. They must be governed by personal convictions of character. They must exhibit authenticity rather than give over to lip service and compliance. Most importantly leaders/ managers must know what it is to love and to be loved.
- Prisoners must have their conscience awakened and influenced by Moral Law. Obedience to Moral Law unlike obedience to routine alone is what sparks freedom even in confinement. Creating an entry level for prisoners to experience Moral Law can be birthed through Motivation Talks delivered by impartial individuals that are independent of prison management and the prisoner. I call these unique characters Corporate Hippies, these are the modern day elders and sages.
The ultimate aim of any prison is to keep society safe and to deliver consequences to those that threaten social peace and order. It’s in the best interest of any society to create a prison culture that prepares individuals to reintegrate back into society in the hope that they never return to confinement. The transition back into society must be coupled with organisations that embrace Moral Law as a fundamental motivator leading individuals to full acceptance and restoring dignity.
A new wholesome culture must be introduced deliberately in order to keep the management and staff healthy and the obvious effect triggers change among prisoners.
Prisons are a compelling opportunity to invest in those who are in the care of the state, it also reveals the attitude of the state.
Moral Law cuts through every unhealthy culture, belief system and empty rhetoric. Smart Cities don’t hide this part of society, they highlight every fiber of the fabric of what makes for a healthy city.
They say if it ain’t broke, don’t touch it. Unfortunately, the current prison systems are broken and the blame rests on society if it doesn’t introduce new methods to bring wholesome change.
Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons