Months from now, when our elected officials evaluate the prison management style of Charles L. Ryan, what will they find and what will they say? Did the man who came from Abu Ghraib do a good job or did he sell the state prison system down the river in the name of private prison expansion and exploitation? Will he claim victory in giving the governor and his elected conspirators their share of the profits in selling human beings for labor and slavery camps? Will he secure a place in Arizona’s Hall of Shame or worse, was he the prelude to far greater horrors yet to come?
My hope, your hope, is that history would instead view this riot at Kingman was a catalyst; a second calling if you want or an awakening of the human mind and conscience.
It should be your hope that this Kingman report makes you all stronger, wiser and more vigilant in the end. It is my hope it fully prepares you for future disturbances to come, if things don’t change. Don’t be afraid to ask difficult and tough questions. The report deserves nothing less and must stand on its own merits.
After all is said, what good is struggle if there is no change? What good deed is a riot if those responsible for public safety and government integrity are not made stronger? Don’t let the means justify the end. There is more than is ever told and it’s your job to protect the public, your constituents and your government from further harm.