Hi everyone. I was just wondering if any of you have ever received a letter from a pen pal, that kind of made you sad?
One pal often talks about the intense lonliness that he and his fellow inmates experience on a daily basis, being caged up like animals, and isolated from the outside world. Some of them have been all but forgotten by their family and so-called friends on the "outside".
And in a recent letter, he was telling me about how some inmates are SO desperate for companionship, that they will keep bugs, spiders, lizards and mice for pets! He said he had a pet spider once, but the officers confiscated it! He was heartbroken!
He was telling me about these feral kittens that have taken up residence at the prison, and how much he loves watching them frolic and play in the grass, and watching them grow. I guess a lot of the inmates will save food for the cats, and feed them.
Well, the warden has a BIG problem with this. He threatened to trap them in these cruel steel cages, and promised to write up any inmates who were caught feeding or interacting with the cats.
This really upset me. First off, it upset me to hear how lonesome these men are, and how desperate they are for a little affection and companionship. It just brought tears to my eyes.
Second, I thought what is the big deal? I mean it isn't like the cats are house pets. Chances are if animal control is called, these healthy, vibrant animals will just be put down! So, why not allow some of the inmates to take them in, and keep them as pets? I mean, shouldn't the warden be ENCOURAGING displays of care and concern for another living thing? I think it would be good for the inmates mental and emotional health, and it would also instill a sense of responsibility in them, and teach them empathy. Animals would not judge them, like other people do. If the inmate were to treat the animal with love and tenderness, the animal would give it back in return.
These men are STILL human beings. I just HATE how prison staff treat the inmates. I don't know why they seem to derive so much pleasure out of being meanspirited and cruel.
I just feel so bad for my pen pals. For those people who think that prison is a walk in the park, they should actually talk to these inmates! It is far from it. Prison is hell on earth! It is hard for me, because I love my pen pals so much, and there is so little that I can do to help them, or make their lives better. I know that they have made some mistakes, but I do not feel that ANY human being deserves to be treated this way. It just breaks my heart.