Few People Understand

Only those who have been put though the pain of having a loved one in jail understand what it's like. Guilty or not, it's difficult to go through the legal system with your friend or family member; it's painful to see the system sometimes fail, and it's sad to know there's very little you can do. It's also hurtful to hear the comments of those who think cruelly of inmates and never stop to recognize they are people, and most aren't harmful to anyone.

I've learned so much about the justice system by having gone through it with my son. I've learned the injustice of it, how crooked it can be, how it does nothing to help someone who is caught in it, and how many, many people are in jail who really don't need to be there. That doesn't mean they didn't do something wrong; just that what they did doesn't warrant a jail sentence.

The legal system has become an industry; it makes money and were it not for this there would be fewer non-violent offenders in jail and taxpayers would save a lot of money.

I'm all for jail for violent criminals, but law enforcement spends so much time gathering up non-violent offenders that the violent ones are often never caught.

ddnlj ddnlj
46-50, F
3 Responses Mar 11, 2008

Even people that are In jail for assault or things like that have families that miss them. My person is my baby brother. He's 18 and has literally pissed his life away. He won't get to see his niece and nephew til they're out of high school. He is the only one on trial for something other people were involved in. First time ever being arrested and it's a doozy.

i AM REALLY GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE I AM NEW TO THIS AND REALLY NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO ABOUT THIS CRAZY THING MY SON IS IN JAIL AND i AM 500 MILES AWAY THEY ARE SURE GIVING HIM THE RUN AROUND i JUST RECEIVED A LETTER FROM SAYING THAT HE IS THINKING ABOUT KILLING HIMSELF I CALLED EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BUT NO ONE CARES I AM SCARED TO DEATH

I understand exactly what you are saying, My boyfriend recently got sent to jail (his first time) for 8 months and my friends and family don't understand why I'm still with him. They keep saying that I am messing up my life.