Saturday I attended PrizCon 2013, a full-day technical conference inside the Marion Correctional facility to inspire and educate and connect.
This was my second experience "inside," and I was thinking back to my first. I had a peculiar experience which caught me by surprise–even though I knew to be prepared for it:
The people inside are just people. No more, no less.
I guess that popular news was able to color my perspective more than I thought. I mean, I frequently notice a news program telling me some people are defective and therefore lack humanity. That when someone is "caught", it's not that they've made some kind of mistake, but instead that their lack of a soul has been discovered. There's no point to caring about them. It does no good in the way it does to care about a person or a cat.
I'm grateful to have met these people, and for the antidote.
Update: 2/1/2013 at 10:58 AM: It's Marion Correctional, not Mansfield Correctional.