Thank you, Stephen, for your thoughtful and well-presented case for change…if it were possible? As a man who worked in the Pennsylvania appellate court system many years ago, I can “feel” the resonance with what happens inside and outside of the courtroom. It truly is sad in so many cases.
I often asked myself how some attorney’s, for example, could even entertain the destructive thoughts they had, no less the actions that were taken in a number of cases that I personally witnessed. For the sake of money, for example, husbands and wives would abuse each other and their children, during divorce arguments, often at the behest of and in collusion with “officers of the court”, as many were referred to.
It truly saddened me. Nobody or no one thing is perfect, but quite often the system, as I experienced it, took those whom it was dedicated to protecting and made them victims of a colder penalty.
I was devastated a number of years ago while participating in a pilot mentoring program in a Virginia Juvenile Correctional facility, to find out what happens to 11 to 17-year-olds newly indoctrinated into the correctional environment. I wouldn’t want to go through that myself, especially if the system that put me there was also broken.
My brushes with the legal system have been as a result of my Law Enforcement associations. I wish I could say more. For now, I will say Thank You for the work you do and the awareness your writing and position seem to advocate.