Is It Possible to Treat Criminals with Dignity?

11 May

One of the most frequent questions I get asked about the Dignity Movement is whether it’s possible — whether it’s even worthwhile — to treat criminals with dignity. The answer is an unequivocal yes on both counts.

But don’t take my word for it. Watch this short documentary on the first-ever dignitarian prison in the United States.

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2 Responses to “Is It Possible to Treat Criminals with Dignity?”

  1. Ron May 13, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    I can’t help but wonder if they didn’t just create a program that does a good job of filtering out those who are likely to “recidivate,” thus creating a real life version of the “Texas Sharpshooter’s Fallacy.” That’s where you blindly fire at a target, and draw the bullseyes on afterward. Nevertheless, it is wonderful to see the principles of Dignitarianism put into action. I almost felt jealous of the level of involvement these men and women had in each other’s lives, and the amount of control they were taking of their lives. It will be great to see such a program put into action on a larger population.

    • Charlotte May 14, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      “I can’t help but wonder if they didn’t just create a program that does a good job of filtering out those who are likely to “recidivate,” thus creating a real life version of the “Texas Sharpshooter’s Fallacy.” That’s where you blindly fire at a target, and draw the bullseyes on afterward.”

      I’ll encourage Bob Fuller, one of the people interviewed in the film, to share more details on the prison itself. He certainly knows more about it than I do.

      “It will be great to see such a program put into action on a larger population.”

      Agreed! The only way we’ll know whether this works on a larger population is to increase the sample size. It’s certainly a worthy experiment.

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