Letter: Prisons are unsavory fact of everyday life

March 11, 2013 

The recent article, "Man sentenced to 50 years for sexual abuse of 4 children," was all good and well, and quite frankly, becoming all too familiar within Washington. What this ex-convict wants to know is this: When is the investigative part of reporting going to stop falling by the wayside concerning the almost nonexistent sex-offender treatment programs within our state's prison system?

I accumulated 25 years behind bars, living with sex offenders who rarely (if at all) experienced treatment of any measure. Currently the Department of Corrections is preoccupied with the coerced rehabilitation of any and all prisoners conveniently deemed "dependent" upon drugs and/or alcohol. Why? In direct violation of the unfair trade practices doctrine, the Department of Corrections is unlawfully rewarding an annual $10 million private contract for said treatment. Job security run rampant.

Prisons are an unsavory fact of life that harbor the promise of eventual release for the majority of criminals currently being held within. Society has grown used to prisons and expects them to be there. They are commonplace fixtures of everyday life, as you -- the public -- pass them by, lackadaisically unaware of what's "really" going on inside. The time for change is at hand.

JERRY R. MULLIKIN, Kennewick

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