By Rina Palta
There’s no privacy in prison.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation believes a miraculous metamorphosis occurs every time an inmate is released from prison. The reason I say this is because it is not until this perennial day that he–I can only speak on experience of men’s prisons–reacquires self-determination, his individuality, and is allowed to assert a measure of self-esteem.
This is because from the moment an offender is received into the department until the day he paroles he is treated exactly the same as every other prisoner, no matter the length of time he has served, be it 12 months or 12 years, no consideration is given for exemplary behavior or whether he may have achieved outstanding proficiency in a specialized field and has been certified by the state itself to perform such duties upon release.
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