|St. Peter in Prison by Rembrandt (Wikimedia Commons).|
An eye for an eye has been realized.
Every horror that has ever been wished on convicted felons by those of us in civilized society reveals itself in prison.
I saw it for myself on my visit to Florida State Prison in Raiford. I heard it in the stories told by the Deacon who goes several times a week to minister to the imprisoned.
They have committed horrible crimes, and for that they are punished in a way that seems inhumane and unfathomable.
This may please you. This may comfort you. This may somehow validate your righteousness or your sense of justice.
It did none of those things for me.
I entered into a concrete world of razor wire, metal bars, shackles, bolts and locks. There is a tower guard with a gun perched high at the entrance. There are gates that open and close intuitively and imposingly. I didn’t go very far without encountering another gate, making me ever aware that I am going farther and farther from the life I know into the cavernous depth of depravity.
Continue reading at Lara's blog Mercy Me! I've got work to do.