Vorweg: Ist in englisch, aus Gründen. Der Artikel geht *direkt* an meine Freunde in die USA. 😉
Naja. Oder das, was ich für englisch halten tu 😀
Public private partnership is one facet of the such called diamond „privatization„. It basically means, that an official institution gets sponsored by private corporations.
This alone is a reason for many here for a big scowl. Because seriously – nobody wants McDonalds sponsoring the school menu. Or a gun reseller sponsoring a Kindergarden.
But there is more. It was an iron belief several years ago that Germany needs specialized civil service workers to do official jobs. Our civil service workers have special duties – and special privilegues. One privilegue is, that you can’t fire us. Once we get the status we are stuck with our employee. But the duty part is: Our duties are a loyalty which exceedes the normal loyalty to a job (for my german readers, YEAH there is more. But for now this is #nuff said).
I am one of this civil service workers, or at least have been until my early retirement.
The thought that there are places where humans are helpless and to the most part rightless incarcerated is terrifying. But those places are necessary. Not for punishment – but for correction if possible and with those who are not willing or able to respect the law, to protect the society from them.
So youth detention centers and prisons are a necessity in a society that complicated like ours. BUT they are a duty to society. They are part of the society contract which leaves the violence to the government to protect the citizens. Prisons are part of the violence monopol of the government. At least in Germany. And at least it has been a part of it.
But not recently.
Greed is the new currency of our world. And many people don’t believe anymore in this society contract. For various reasons. They are not trusting the government.They think that a private firm can do a better job, because they are not stopped by stupid law.
And so it is not surprising that the goverment is retreating more and more. Due to this retraction from their duties the prisons are also exposed. Suddenly people claim, that the prison system has to be „profitable“.
But profitable for whom? For the government? Or more for the private security firms involved?
Germany has already this private security firms in the prisons, taking „care“ of the prisoners. And the complaints are on the rise – massively. But we are not far ahead on the road, the United States are far further down this road. And a downfall it is. Running prison is a duty of the government – and not a investment dream. It is an abomination to gain money from this system. And highly immoral.
Like always the backslash is NOT hitting the white citizenship. But the Latinos and the Blacks. Again. And it is hitting so damn hard, it is hardly describable.
And to me, on my distant point of view, this is another brick to the downfall of a country with people I come to love. These attempts are all attempts to keep a society under control who is deeply wounded and separated.
Good people like Rev. Edwin Sanders or Rev. Neely Williams or Dr. (YAY) Melva Black are working hard for the next generation. But they are losing ground, because the ignorance and the racism is not on their side.
The other side has to learn. And fast. Because if there is another Malcolm X. on the rise, all gloves gets off.
I’m worrying to death for my friends. Because I see how fragile the whole situation is. From my point of view the fuse is already burning. It is only a question how long this fuse is before it reached the barrel which is filled with a deadly gun powder of devastation, sorrow, grief and desperation.
We have one rule in our prison system: „Don’t put people in a system where they cannot escape. Each prisoner needs a perspective to get back in our society“
We are all humans. Despite the differences, we are humans. We all have our dreams, our wishes, our duties and our loves.
But to some of us they got denied their dreams because of minor reasons.
Time for a change.
Don’t you think?