The Funhouse Mirror by Gordon

Posted: November 11, 2008 in prison, general, teaching
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A quote from Robert Ellis Gordon’s excellent book The Funhouse Mirror: Reflections on Prison:

“To be sure, there are a psychotic few [prisoners] who aren’t easily recognizable as human. but they are the rare exceptions. And as for the ones who are unmistakably human? When we give voice to the voiceless; when we give souls to formerly anonymous convicts; when we can no longer deny their humanity, we have no choice but to lay claim to them. And if and when we do that — if and when we peer into the funhouse mirror and conclude that our criminals belong to us and that they’re made of the same stuff as us — well then we will, in one respect at least, begin, as a society, to grow up.”

Amen.

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