by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
As an urbansafetyist, I explore various definitions of public safety. One of the more interesting is the “No Cages (jails and prisons)” theory. A young woman shared it with me last year and I get subsequent updates after hours when the she bar tends is closed. She’s at least an anarchist and thus we share healthy disgust of a super-sized state favored by liberals and conservatives addicted to one.
In her theory, most crimes shouldn’t be punished by imprisonment. Handling things firsthand is her preferred method when persuasion or counselling aren’t options.
Proponents of the criminal justice system consider autonomous problem-solving worse than crime it addresses. My view is somewhere in the middle.
UrbanSafetyism emphasizes creating awareness and responsibility everywhere (CARE) within encounters, workplaces and events, instead of relying upon government. As checkered as corrections history can be for inner citizens, I do recognize a legitimate role for jails and prisons. If society goes the “No Cages” route, problem-solving by default becomes an absolutely personal responsibility in the majority of cases. Some will ask, would the streets run red with blood? I guess we’d have to have a world without cages in order to find out.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist, Brothers and Badges Together Advocate504 214-3082. http://www.urbansafetyism.blogspot.com