SUHAKAM's Jerald Joseph: Peek Into Our Prisons, Pry Open A Window Into Our Souls

A BIT OF SOUL SEARCHING

SUHAKAM's Jerald Joseph: Peek Into Our Prisons, Pry Open A Window Into Our Souls

Celebrated Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and SUHAKAM Commissioner Jerald Joseph share a common bond – they both believe that humanity is best judged by looking at how they treat society’s misfits in their prisons. He (Joseph – not Dostoevsky) – speaks to AWANI Review’s Ibrahim Sani on what applied in tempestuous Russia of the mid-19th century is still applicable in Malaysia two centuries on.

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky’s greatest work was on his commentary on evaluating society using very unconventional means as a benchmark. He once said that; “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” The author of works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky is widely considered one of the greatest literary figures of the past 200 years. As punishment for being part of secret society of literary figures, Dostoevsky was sentenced to four years' hard labour...

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