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Prisoners are People

While the modern legal system has prisons at the core of its establishment, the Torah never features prison as a form of punishment, even as a deterrent. This, because the idea of locking someone up is antithetical to the nature of humanity. According to the Torah, a person was put on this earth for a purpose. Withholding one’s ability to achieve that purpose is the most inhumane treatment he can possibly suffer.
Prison; Imprisonment, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Prisoners are People
Disc 156, Program 624

Event Date: 14 Adar II 5736 - March 16, 1976

While the modern legal system has prisons at the core of its establishment, the Torah never features prison as a form of punishment, even as a deterrent. This, because the idea of locking someone up is antithetical to the nature of humanity. According to the Torah, a person was put on this earth for a purpose. Withholding one’s ability to achieve that purpose is the most inhumane treatment he can possibly suffer.

We’re responsible to make sure that criminals are helped in their lives, rehabilitating them to a productive life in a moral and just society. We must ensure that prison acts not just as a punishment, but as an opportunity for positive growth.

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Mary Dullinger August 23, 2016

Remember People seem to forget that although another has erred, they remain important to Ha'shem. All they need to do is remember the story of the Children of Israel that although they had been freed from slavery and fed abundantly, still worshipped a gold idol or David's adultery and murder of Uriah, the Chitite. Reply

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