Black Robes, White Justice: How Prison Traumatic Stress Disorder Almost Made Me Commit Suicide
Date:  01-15-2018

Louis L. Reed's battle with society’s perpetual punishing label of "ex-convict"
From Louis L. Reed’s article in The Huffington Post:

The Supposition

America. Home of the brave. Land of the free. Society of redemption. These are the principles that, in theory, we idealize and symbolize in our salute to Old Glory. We posture to be a national community that “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We have a tendency to remarry “ex”-spouses or forgive “ex”-friends or book reservations on “Ex”pedia” in the (re)pursuit of life, liberty and happiness....but when it comes to our returning citizen population —

Opps....I mean “ex offenders” (or is it “ex cons”?). — the actual practices of those ideals are about as imbalanced as a playground see-saw. We say we believe in and support redemption, but only when it benefits our own interests; interests like when we are in desperate need to be forgiven or need to be the recipient of redemption ourselves. Continue reading >>>