If You Want to Reduce Recidivism You Have to Care About Inmates

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

Damian Delune
4 min readSep 7


Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

A recent commenter made a statement that sparked this article. She said,

“We just don’t give a shit about guys in prison, do we? Then we complain about recidivism.” — source

The simple fact is, that you can’t treat people like animals, release them from a cage, and expect them to behave like contributing members of society. Period.

Yes, it’s really that simple.

The article Ms. Reader was commenting on was about how I may have broken my hand (I still don’t know, and still haven’t gotten an x-ray a week later) and was ridiculed by medical staff. This isn’t my first rodeo dealing with medical mistreatment or medical staff just flat-out not doing their job. I’ve been contending with another issue for over a year now and I still haven’t been told the diagnosis. I have a diagnosis.

How do I know?

A nurse let it slip during a visit. She immediately realized her error and backed up, stating that she could lose her job for telling me. I told her I wouldn’t say anything to the doctor about her faux pax and would wait for the doctor to let me know. That’s been almost a year ago, and I still don’t officially have a diagnosis, which means I am not getting any treatment either.

For the record, I have peripheral neuropathy. That’s what is causing the issue in my arms I discussed here.

While my issues are painful and frustrating, thankfully, they aren’t life-threatening. There are inmates here and at other facilities with life-threatening or life-altering illnesses and diseases who rely on treatments on a daily basis that they’re either not…



Damian Delune

Incarcerated writer sharing real stories about life on the inside, through my wife, Demeter Delune (editor, publisher, promoter, responder)