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They did the crime, and now they're serving their time. Prisoners across the nation are flooding our prison cells for various degrees of criminal activity as a way of ensuring the safety of the community. Prison is the separation of danger from civilization, and an example of how law and order is supposed to work. The police are part of the gatekeepers of that system, and yet they have been in the news for abuse of their power via brutality. Police brutality is never supposed to be acceptable, and lately, police brutality stories, video footage and social media postings have borne witness to such actions in mass. The outrage has been against the police because these stories have depicted actions against the general public. But then there's another type of police brutality...the kind that happens behind the locked doors of our prison facilities. The 1971 riot of Attica Correctional Facility in NYC was a noted rebellion by prisoners against their officers for such actions. Greene County jail also was in the news for the deadly beating of an inmate who was handcuffed and ankle-shackled in a non-surveillance area of the facility. Are the police within their rights to brutalize prisoners because they are prisoners, or is it brutality despite the recipients' status in society, and subject to the same legal punishment as if it were against the general public?
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