Thoughts of an Inmate

Published date01 May 2022
Date01 May 2022
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(2) 239 –242
© The Author(s) 2022
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862221096732
Thoughts of an Inmate
Alex Calderone
I listen to the news and I hear all that is going on throughout this country, but more, I
feel the pain.
There is a deadly virus shaking the very foundations of society, effectively ending
our world as we know it. By definition, our world has ended. There is a world that was
prior to COVID-19, and a world that exists after. The financial aspects of societies all
throughout the globe have changed, as has changed our health concerns, our trust on
health officials, our confidence in world leaders, our views on the fragility of human
life, and of course, our definition of the value of human closeness: the value of a hug.
As this COVID-19 shakes the fabrics of society, we can easily see the flaws within
the stitching at the seams. We see that societies all throughout the planet have been
built on the back of the poor, the underprivileged, the uneducated, the minorities, the
unimportant and dispensable women and men.
As this world-changing pandemic continues, it also becomes obvious that these
dispensable women and men are also vulnerable. They have been born and raised in
communities, in homes, in Houses of Cards where the cards have been unfairly stacked
against them–the softest winds come by and the whole thing can come crashing down.
We have strong and proud household and community leaders who proudly pro-
claim we are okay and doing fine. But the truth is that even if we are okay and doing
fine, we are in those conditions despite the odds against us. However, COVID-19 is
not a statistics analyst, it is not a politician, not a community leader, not anyone who
would like to pretend we are okay. No, COVID-19 does not care what we would like
to think and so it is showing us exactly where society went wrong, where society is
still going wrong.
COVID-19 has affected minorities and people of color in ways that are tangibly
different than the ways it has affected other populations. Of course, not only the health
aspects of COVID-19 are different; the financial fallout will also be different consider-
ing that, on average, minorities have less savings, less education, less job security, less
access to personal financial support networks, less housing security, less income per
household and even per person...less, less, less.
Social inequality has become rather obvious in the past few months, but the truth is
that this inequality has been in the fabric of society for years, decades, centuries. As an
inmate, I have had the opportunity to personally witness some other social discrepan-
cies that plagues this nation.
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