Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the Capital punishment series
Ethical Considerations against capital punishment
There are different levels of incarceration and so there should be, a first time offender who has stolen a 200 dollar pair of sneakers will or should not, conditions permitting, be incarcerated with an ax-murderer. In Montreal we have minimum, medium, and maximum security penitentiaries. Only criminals who have received a long sentence ( 8 years or more) will go to the maximum security facility; Archambault Penitentiary, in Saint-Anne-Des-Pleines.
This Montreal examiner knows several people who have been imprisoned for lesser things than murder and they tell it like it is. According to their testimonials; “You are always afraid someone is going to stab you or rape you. You don’t know whom to trust, and most of the inmates just sit there counting the days for when they will eventually get out.”
One person close to this Montreal Examiner, told her how the inmates had to share their supper with the rats in one of the prisons he was incarcerated in, albeit it was Bordeaux Jail in the 1970’s.. “If not you became the rat’s supper, ” he said. Still today this examiner is told that “if you do something makes sure you get more than two years because you don’t want to go to Bordeaux.”
Capital punishment was abolished in Canada in 1976, Montrealers know all too well what prison life is like in the various Montreal jails.
The next article will examine some of the legal issues