So I had this great idea of a rearrangement of the world where certain types of criminals are put in their own countries, ordinary people in their own. A new organization of the world where there is at least some logic to the categorization of people other than being born within an imaginary line defined by bloody war or bloody politics.
But what about the movement of people then?
Easy peasy. Set the visa rules according to their crime type. I'd say the killers should be deported to a country which ranks low on the Henley and Partners index. Like Afghanistan today.
This time these people's restriction of movement would be more meaningful. At least people would “deserve” their movement on earth being restricted, it would be a part of their “punishment” or “penitence”. It would be their own “doing”. Not just by luck or unluck of birth as is now.
Sure, they can apply and countries may grant them visas if the authorities see they have rehabilitated. The conditions set for visas would be different for them. Just like parole papers, they'd need to meet certain criteria to travel or move to another country. Logical, no?
PS: Naturally, this piece is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Yet, not too much. It could be a satire for the current state of our world.
By the way, I've been reading Howard Zehr's books lately. If you haven't heard of him, he is the grandfather of restorative justice and his seminal book is Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times. Even though there is perhaps too much repetition and I'd have preferred that it didn't have so much religious references, the book is great and definitely worth reading and thinking on it. People have started talking about prison abolishment and I believe there really might be a case for it.
I've also purchased all his three photography books, with portraits.
Doing Life: Reflections Of Men And Women Serving Life Sentences– December 1, 1996
Transcending: Reflections Of Crime Victims– October 1, 2001
What Will Happen to Me: Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go To Bed With A Parent In Prison– November 1, 2010
I would have liked to know what each person's crime was and what exactly has happened to each victim, and perhaps some more detailed information about what the children's parents did. I'd have preferred some portraits of other types of criminals too, those who have not rehabilitated. It would have been interesting to have a glimpse of their mind, the workings of their mind. I found especially the Transcending book, the reflections of crime victims to be insightful. Overall, even though they could have been a tad better, I heartily recommend them.
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