Civil death, the practice of making a person ‘dead’ to the state (i.e., rescinding the right to vote) has roots all the way back to ancient civilization. The idea was that if a person’s crime was heinous enough to be punishable by death, then they should not be allowed to participate in community or government affairs as they go to their execution.
It is disturbing that our government officials are pushing to build a Federal Prison in Letcher County under the guise of economic development.
Several years ago a proposal for a Federal prison in Letcher County was turned down by Letcher residents. The idea was revived as the county struggled to recover from a major flood and became more economically vulnerable. These renewed attempts to push the prison project are disrespectful to Letcher County residents who already said no. Pushing people around when they are vulnerable is something bullies do to get their way. I’m disappointed that our elected officials would behave in this manner.