Charles Ajoloko graduated A/B Honor Roll from Holy Spirit Catholic School. He was Prom King. He also performed(rapped) at his prom. He always had a love for music but preferred to be behind the scene. He dream was to get a Recording Arts Degree. He is 3 classes shy of a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Arts. Charles accomplished all of this, although he has a bipolar disorder. Charles Ajoloko now sits in prison. Charles has 10 years remaining of his 12 year sentence. He did not have a prior criminal history. Mandatory minimum sentences dictated that he had to receive minimum of 10 years. He was 22 when he went to prison. He was unjustly convicted. He wasn’t given a fair trial. He is innocent of all charges. What kind of rehabilitation is available for Charles in prison?
The question is whether prison will do more harm than good.
“Idealists originally thought penitentiaries would make prisoners penitent, leading to religious conversions and rehabilitation. To accomplish this, they did the worst thing they could do: they isolated prisoners in a very bad environment. Sometimes prisoners had to keep silent, another form of solitary confinement. Cutting off prisoners from society made it difficult for inmates to keep their sanity or cope on the outside. Isolation from normal society made it that much easier to learn criminal ways inside the prison. Prisoners lost feelings of self-worth. While appropriate punishment promotes pro-social cooperation in normal human society, punishment that completely removes individuals from cooperative society also deprives normal society of any pro-social behavior brought about by that punishment”.(By John Dewar Gleissner)