Prison Nightmares

     I’ve been out of prison for three years, four months, and seven days now and still I regularly have nightmares of being back in prison.

     I’ve kept my nose clean, no drugs, no sex of any kind outside of my marriage, not more than about half a dozen drinks since I’ve been off of community custody supervision, and then never more than two at once.

     Yet, I keep having these dreams where I am back in prison, for reasons not apparent to me, and with no idea how long I will be.

     Last night I had another one of those except this time lawmakers had decided to retroactively take away good time (time off for good behavior) and put everyone who had been out with good time back in for the duration.

     I don’t think it would be constitutional to apply punishments retroactively but then the constitution seems to have little impact on our law makers these days.

     I have been released now for almost five years, it will be five years in a little over a month.  I rarely have prison nightmares anymore but I am concerned that close to a million children are victimized and the current justice system is focused on alleviating public fear and appealing to a community desire for collective revenge rather than preventing more victims, helping existing victims to heal, not only to survive but thrive, and helping the perpetrator to live a productive crime free life.

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More Strangeness

     Lately I’ve been sleeping longer hours than normal and having really intense and often very strange dreams.  Sometimes I feel like I need a rest from my sleep they are so intense, today was one such day.

     Today’s dream I was set in a world where all food production was indoors inside of factory farms.  These farms had no human workers, everything was done by highly advanced robotics.  Lighting was artificial.  I don’t know what we were doing for energy but it was obviously abundant.

     These factory farms were often underground and many floors allowing the surface of the planet to be close to it’s natural state.

     Crime was a big problem with very conventional guns.  Criminals often carried machine guns, I had a semi-automatic pistol.  There were people who wanted to kill me for reasons which were not apparent.  I felt I had an advantage in a one-on-one with the pistol because it was light, I could aim and fire faster than someone could aim and fire a machine gun and it was usually the first bullet that counted.

     I used to dream of more ordinary day to day things.  Not sure why my dreams have taken this turn to the bizarre recently.  Probably just a brain tumor or something similarly inconsequential.

 

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