On Christmas day, jail should be the last place you want to be, but for many it`s a sad reality.
There`s a group that wants to do something about that. End Mass Incarceration Houston is holding a protest in front of the Harris County Jail, claiming there are many people who shouldn`t be imprisoned, but should be getting help instead. They are speaking out against jailing juveniles, the mentally ill, and the use of the death penalty.
Michael Allen representing End Mass Incarceration Houston said, “Becasue these are human beings. These are not numbers to be fed into a system. The judicial system is a meat grinder.”
To show support for the families of those who are behind bars, the group passes out toys to children visiting their jailed loved ones.
No child wants to be separated from his parent because they are in jail, this small gesture will hopefully ease their pain.
“It’s a lonely feeling when you have to come to the jail to visit someone you love on Christmas day and we want them to understand they’re not alone.” according to Allen.
Our judicial system is far from perfect. It`ll obviously take more then ‘End Mass Incarceration Houston’ to make a difference, but who knows.