Cesspools of decay, build on the cheap, factories of The Judicio-Legislative Industrial Complex, that since the rest of Our Industry has been taken offshore by the Neo-Robber Barons who Own Our Senators, Our President, his administration - and thus Our Country - - - Incarceration and Poverty seem to currently be America's greatest industry.
Please excuse the notebook paper, and shoddy photos, I've not been able to afford a proper sketchbook in years, and A tablet is currently my primary tool for computing.
The thumbnail concepts that follow illustrate a jail complex set in rural environs composed of a "cottage plan" - an arrangement of interlocking pentagons of varying numbers of stories (usually from 1-3 levels so as to preserve a egalitarian horizontality that deconstructs hierarchies and thus improves and informs the lives of both the inmates and their wardens) connected by a system of catwalks, terraces, and open plazas. That in the dictums of Organic Architecture, elevate and expand the human spirit - reforming it through the healing transformative power of an architecture that is derived from the greatest rehabilitator, the greatest teacher, the greatest healer of all - Nature.
Different units would naturally serve different functions: wards, kitchen /cafeteria, industries, recreation, library, administration, etc. Wards would be of varying type to accommodate different levels of offenders. What is the sense of throwing drug dealers, rapists, First Nations Citizens, drunk college kids, Hispanic gang members, and a guy who shot his neighbors Pomeranian because it wouldn't stop barking but has no prior record, not even a traffick citation into the same "Tank"?? - such a modus operandi only encourages bedlam and a Lord-of-The-Flies Savagery.
Our experience, (your author has personally spent 1o days of living hell in The Whatcom County Jail located incongruously in beautiful downtown Bellingham of Washington state), is that the majority of people who are incarcerated know that they are in the wrong, owe a debt to society, and are seeking rehabilitation. They are seeking a wholistic health. They desperately desire a better way - - -
What is the sense of disposing of human beings, and their human rights (including habeas corpus, and the right not to have cruel and unusual punishment inflicted upon them) into shit, blood, urine, and cum soaked cells in concrete bunkers that are cracking, groaning from the weight overpopulation, and sometimes even exploding from terribly neglected HVAC systems??
What purpose does this serve other than to continue to feed human beings, human souls to the great Morbidly Obese Moloch that is the Judicio-Industrial Complex. Perpetuating a malignant dysfunctional system. Breaking up families and creating .welfare Dynasties -
We are saying that if you put a smartly designed cottage plan complex on a plot of land, individual units separated by terraces, plazas, gardens, fountains, ponds, walkways, etc. And allow prisoners to have a view. Both between the buildings and from clerestory windows in cells lit profusely by natural lighting.
Even if thr complex is still surrounded by thr ubiquitous chain link fencing topped with razor wire, That people will tend to find rehabilation. At least more so than spending months in windowless cells with concrete walls lit by flickering fluorescent lighting that is on 24/7 - does that not follow??
The people who choose crime, and continue to do so, tend to do so because of institutionalized poverty and all its associated symptoms : dysfunctional families, unemployment, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, mental illness, xenophobia, etc.
Give people a clean, well lit place to rehabilitate, with a view of an idyllic outside world. Separate those who are lost causes (institutionalized revolving doorers) from those who have one too many unpaid parking tickets and see if you don't have both a lower level of unemployment, poverty , domestic violence. And conversely, a lower level of burnout, abuse, medical bills for those who are in the law enforcement industry.
Initial costs for such an forward thinking institution may be higher than building a balloon frame slaughterhouse, but the economic, sociological, environmental, cultural, infrastructure costs, etc will only be a fraction of those of The Dungeon from The Dark Ages over all -
~Kody John Bosch
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