Meet your future FEMA camp: An actual prison rebranded as a refugee center
by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Imagine, for a moment, that you have lost your home in a natural disaster and with it most of your possessions. It’s wintertime, you live on the East Coast, and your old neighborhood has been leveled. What cash you have is being used for the most basic of necessities; you don’t have enough money to move into a hotel and even if you did they are all full anyway.
You have nowhere to go. You are completely reliant on the government for subsistence.
Life is as bad as it can get – or is it?
You learn that you will be moved from the miserable tent city where you are now being housed to a new temporary facility that used to be, of all things, a prison.
While some officials see this as the state making the best use of available resources, others see it as a prelude of things to come, should societal order break down at some point in the future.
‘They might as well use it’