What does the Justice System Stand For?

Taken 11/13/18

The New York Department of Corrections has their mission statement on their website listed as: "To improve public safety by providing a continuity of appropriate treatment services in safe and secure facilities where all inmates' needs are addressed and they are prepared for release, followed by supportive services for all parolees under community supervision to facilitate a successful completion of their sentence." However, it seems that they often fall short of their stated goal. Inmates with drug addictions aren't given the help or rehab they require, they aren't offered therapy and many inmates are in prison for their second or third sentence, at least. Clearly, the NYSDOC falls short of the values that we hold dear in the United States and the State of New York. In order to live up to what these flags stand for, prisons across the state and across the country will need a massive overhaul in order to help inmates learn how to be functioning members of society, overcome their addictions, and move past their unfortunate decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Jack Kelly
Assignment: 4th CBL photo