This Monday in Coronavirus Pandemic Is Here I laid out the current situation we find ourselves in with the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Tuesday, 25 February 2020, U.S. officials finally sounded the alarm about this virus, saying what readers of this blog have known for weeks now: it’s deadly, it’s coming, get prepared. I was surprised when an expert on the world news finally stated publicly that this virus is far deadlier than the flu.
We have arrived at a pivotal point in modern human history. The next 7 days will probably answer the question: “Has the coronavirus gone pandemic?”
Today I am posting another guest essay by Tim, a fellow I know who was just a juvenile when he was first incarcerated. I wrote about Tim in the post titled 16 and Forever. In that post you can find his previous essay Rehabilitation and Corrections, where he presents incarceration from the viewpoint of a boy who has grown up in This World. It’s a view that’s both darkness and light, hopeful and cautious.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) has a dual mandate. This mandate exists in its very name: to rehabilitate in addition to punish. When the department was created, it’s founders understood the importance of rehabilitation, and it’s no mistake that the word exists in its name.
Monday’s post Are You Being Served? (Part 2) was the second in the inmate services series. I covered in detail 3 major inmate services companies in the United States. The benefits each provides in lessening the burden of incarceration are tangible, and one’s experience with each company varies widely. I recounted mine.