Questions On Morality (Prison Inmates & Natural Disasters)

I have a few questions about morality. Today, I was reading an article on the Bloomberg website about the impending danger approaching the United States in the form of Hurricane Irma. It was discussing the treatment received by prison inmates during natural disasters, more specifically hurricanes. It appears that the premium placed upon a human life ends when it comes to prison inmates. Therefore, it becomes a question about morality.

Many inmates are not evacuated resulting from the logistical “nightmare” it could become, namely financial costs to the public. States often use the prison inmates to fill sandbags for the public at no cost. Conversely, the inmates also receive no form of payment for the services rendered. In addition, the inmates usually remain in facilities whose physical infrastructures cannot accommodate even the minimal basic human rights and the quality of living is less than substandard. This is basically the treatment of second class citizens. In some cases, it is far less.

With this is in mind, is it morally and ethically right to refrain from relocating prison inmates during the event of natural disasters? Does a prison sentence remove the classification of being human? If so, whose right is it to revoke this classification?


6 thoughts on “Questions On Morality (Prison Inmates & Natural Disasters)

  1. It’s interesting that you bring this up because I had just recently read an article that quoted the Sheriff of a city in Florida saying that any sexual predator or otherwise violent criminal who shows up to a shelter will be promptly arrested. I am normally a tough on crime type of gal but this seemed kind of wrong to me.

  2. A troubling barometer of our commitment to humanity and our willingness to have a humane plan of action in cases like this. Prisons are already hellholes. No need to underscore the point by reducing humanity to worthlessness. A thoughtful post, Sean.

    1. Elouise…this has been a troubling issue for me since reading the article. It makes me wonder if we have forgotten why we are here.

      1. Indeed….thanks for highlighting it. I’m grateful you did…no solutions, but a clear call for prayer and beginning to raise it up.

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