I’m seriously considering not voting this upcoming November. No candidate (or elected official, for that matter) in recent Guatemalan history has managed to follow through with one crucial aspect of our nation’s concern: a somewhat decent prison system. To keep it simple: it’s no secret that organized crime, drug cartels and notorious gangs all have their share of residents behind bars. Why, just last year we had a gruesome reminder of this fact (see link above): “just because we’re locked in, that don’t mean a thing”.
Though the US and Guatemala’s prison systems are not similar by a long shot (budget and staff training come to mind), I can’t help but think of System of a Down’s Prison Song, an in-your-face wake-up call to authority and hypocrisy:
Drug money is used to rig elections,
And train brutal corporate sponsored
Dictators around the world.
So, power-thirsty wannabe candidates: what are your plans towards targeting this country’s need for a prison system reform? What do your advisors say? To which inmates do you owe the most?