Every year around this time (May), Stafford Creek Correction Center hosts a cancer walk.
The cancer walk is a special event that is held in the prison yard. Inmates may attend by submitting a kite to administration. Only the first 500 who meet criteria are allowed to attend. Criteria is: 6 months infraction free.
This special event consists of: live music performed by inmates, BBQ hamburgers, and a lot of walking around the prison track.
The prison raises money by selling Gatorade, granola bars, and photos. The money is then donated to cancer related charities. Or so they say.
This year as I walked into the yard, I was shocked to see a billboard showing Elmer Fudd pointing a shotgun to the head of a scientist holding a beaker full of chemicals.
As I approached to get a closer look, I overheard a group of guys talking. The billboard did its job…it stimulated mental memes with the brain. One guy was telling war stories about his crime. He went into specific detail about how he shot and robbed a meth cook.
I looked at the billboard again, and that’s what I saw: A violent criminal robbing a meth cook at gun point.
I just don’t understand how prison officials could lack good judgment and common sense. Who’s idea was it to post a billboard that depicts such violence? Especially in prison where violent crime, gun, and drug charges make up over 70% of the prison population.*
Instead of promoting peace, love, harmony, rehabilitation, and getting well…the prison officials promoted violence, guns, drugs, and crime.
No wonder the recidivism rate is so high. Prison officials simply don’t care!
*source: Matt Ruth (Guiltyashellrecords.com)