by Alex King
We are given the right to freedom of speech by the constitution of the United States of America. At least, that’s what those in power preach. Recently, some new information has come to my attention.
In many states, DOC is trying its hand at censorship. This is the blatant emergence of that tyrannical force I’ve previously mentioned. I would like to have a public opinion on the matter: do you believe it’s legal for the Department of Corrections (guardsman and caretakers of incarcerated persons) to censor the free public?
Yesterday, DOC was permitted to stop those in their care from having any voice in social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. If today we stand idly by while DOC stops the free person from discussing the incarcerated on social media, what will tomorrow bring? Perhaps the next thing we’ll see is the emergence of a new aspect of the sentence to include having the thumbs and tongue cut off. Perhaps DOC will next censor private blogs so incarcerated persons cannot be mentioned there as well. Maybe they’ll get confident and try both simultaneously.
When will it end? When will those in power stop demanding more power? Prisoners are already physically restrained, mentally restrained through lack of proper education, constrained in matters of communication, halted from proper emotional/spiritual development… need I go on? DOC got its wish: they have the licensure to crush in mind, body and spirit those entrusted by the courts to their care. Now, they seek power over the free person.
Again I ask, do you believe this to be legal? Do you think this is just?
86° and Clear