We need to look at the whole picture, not part. We need to look at our prison, probation and solitary — what is happening to our system.

America is doomed. Prison environment is a powder keg. They rarely use elder parole to clear out the prisons. The prison system is a cemetery of hope. Long waits; little action to do something about this problem.

They are humans, not animals. We are the ones who made them who they are. They never got the treatment they need.

It is painful to see these people. Lots do not want to die in prison. Elders have expanded sixfold over the past 20 years.

Look out for the iceberg in that we are on the tip of it now. I have a lot more to write about. It is a subject that needs to be let out to the public.

Suzanne Varner

Crescent City