ODOC Fines: The Scars of Our Poverty

AuthorToby Michael
Published date01 May 2022
Date01 May 2022
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(2) 232 –233
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862221096736
ODOC Fines: The Scars of
Our Poverty
Toby Michael
Check out the math. A $200 fine & a 120 stay in Segregation is a crippling ordeal. No
property damage, no medical costs from violence, it could just be what they call extor-
tion. Which is just telling someone to get away from you, or racketeering which is
loaning 1 honeybun out for 2 back. 120 days in Seg (DSU) & $200.00 fine. 4 months
of $0.00 per ODOC policy after DSU stay 1 month work w/out pay. Then you can earn
the $32 monthly, which ODOC garnishes 50% upon deposit. So, $16 for you & $16
for them. 12 months will get you even. 17 months before you can keep your entire $32.
But, how many impressionable, impoverished, insecure & impulsive oppressed people
are gonna have a positive work ethic when they’re being robbed? - So, most people
create other forms of income to acquire basic necessities. These are the exact mentali-
ties that brought us here. Feeling irrelevant & unheard, we find ways to get our proper
due. Prisoners are entangled in the cycle of a slip up, getting taxed by the greedy gov-
ernment & feeling worthless. Nobody learns because we are too busy surviving.
People leave to go back to their same behavior which ensures recidivism which guar-
antees job security for the very people responsible for correcting us.
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