OP-ED: Criminals Aren’t Born They’re Made

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How did I end up in prison?

 

That’s the age-old question that I and nearly every other inmate, regardless of race, culture or religion, has reflected upon.

 

I think the belief that crime originates in our mind first is absurd.

 

At birth we came into this world with pure hearts and minds not polluted with criminal intent. But the chain of events from life’s different circumstances gave rise to our separate thought processes that in turn formulated the ideas of criminality in some of our minds.

 

And, eventually, unless there are positive deterrents or interventions, those thoughts will be manifested in various forms of criminal practices.

 

We’re surrounded by the slime and decay of criminal acts that saturates our social, religious and political environment that over time absorbs and befouls our thinking and ultimately gives us tendencies toward wrongdoing.

 

No one is totally immune to crime, yet quite a few people are able to escape the poisonous ramifications associated with exposure to criminal thought and action.

 

Most people learn by repeated interaction with certain activities. It may begin in the form of lying, stealing or anything associated with illegal acts.

 

We must also ask how is it that some individuals, who live in the same environment, surrounded by all forms of societal perversion, manage to avoid being tarnished by criminal behavior.

 

The reasonable answer is community obstinacy and the determination to avoid criminal assimilation. This attitude and mindset must begin at the early stages and continue throughout life.

 

I strongly believe that many more can be saved and spared a life of crime and repeated imprisonment or death if the community utilizes a more concentrated effort to network to educate about the consequences of criminal behavior.

 

There are more good people than bad in this world, but the good people are often more silent than the wrongdoers.

 

This has to change and will change when we do away with what has shaped and nurtured outlaw-type thinking.

 

Just as the need for prisons, jails and mental health facilities became a necessity, getting rid of them should also be equally as important to our society.

 

Those who commit crime are still part of the human fellowship and need to be redeemed. We need a complete overhaul that aligns with a righteous mindset devoted to goodness.

 

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