About Community Assistance Incarceration, Inc.

About the Community Assistance incarceration program

The banishment program instituted by the city of Eudemonia broke new ground in criminology. For the first time, a criminal could be separated from society without actually having to house him, or provide constant, intense supervision by dedicated professionals. Instead, the criminal was kept apart from society through advanced technology. This allowed him to serve his time at minimal cost to the society he had wronged.

It was thought that the prolonged isolation from others would also give the criminal time to reflect on his actions and become, once again, a useful, productive member of society. Unfortunately, it appears that that is not the case. Instead, a person who has been banished for longer than several months appears to become dependent on his bane suit, a condition known as Suit Dependency Syndrome. If a suit-dependent bane is removed from his suit, he quickly becomes extremely depressed to the point of catatonia. Research into the cause of this is one of Eudemonia's highest priorities.

In light of this, it was decided to explore another method of incarceration of criminals. It is thought that the extreme isolation of a bane is related to the occurrence of Suit Dependency Syndrome. This is an outgrowth of the well-known fact that criminals in solitary confinement for extended periods face daunting psychological challenges. It is also thought that having the criminal be useful to society might help in his rehabilitation. These principles led to the founding of the Community Assistance incarceration program, and to the formation of Community Assistance Incarceration, Inc. (CAII) to administer it.

What is Community Assistance incarceration?

The Community Assistance (CA) incarceration program, like the banishment program, encapsulates the inmate in an impervious, nearly indestructible, skintight latex suit. He, too, is equipped with a Custodian, a device that controls his sentence and monitors his behavior. Like a bane, a CA program inmate (referred to as a CA slave, for reasons that will be explained shortly) cannot eat, drink, eliminate normally, taste, or smell, and will remain sealed in his suit until his sentence ends.

The similarities end there. Unlike a bane, a CA slave gives up exactly two of his rights: the right to change his appearance in any way, and the right to say no to any request that does not violate his right to be free from personal harm or his right to retain what property he can. Aside from those exceptions, he is truly a slave. In order to serve his sentence, he must not only comply with any order he is given, but must do so willingly and without reservation.

Like a bane's, a CA slave's Custodian monitors his thoughts and actions. However, the simplified nature of the program allows the Custodian to work while using much less computer power. A CA slave's Custodian's programming is much easier to verify for correct execution, and it is anticipated that few to no problems should arise from that source. The Custodian also records every order the CA slave receives, and his response to it; this is necessary not only to verify any violations that cause extensions of the original sentence, but also to prevent the CA slave from being held responsible for obeying illegal orders. If a CA slave is ordered to break the law, the person who gave the order is subject to becoming a CA slave himself for a minimum sentence of one year in addition to the normal sentence for the crime committed.

Instead of being separated from society, a CA slave is part of it. None of the restrictions that apply to banes are in force. He can communicate freely (though his voice is electronically processed), move freely, and take any other action he wishes as long as he does not refuse a valid order. His suit will stretch to allow him to perform sexually, should that be ordered. He must comply with any such orders, as long as they are valid according to the rules above and as long as he is physically capable of doing so (for an example, an order to perform oral sex cannot be complied with because the slave's mouth is sealed inside his rigid helmet).

A CA slave's suit is readily visible and identifiable. It is designed to make the slave's presence known to those around him, so that he may be called upon to serve if desired. It is also more advanced technically than the bane suit. It is impregnated with nanomachines that constantly keep the slave's body clean and absorb and reprocess any fluids that he may produce. It also does not require a separate apparatus be installed in the slave's rectum for maintenance purposes; instead, the nanomachines process any waste products and extract materials that can be reused. Reused materials are fed back to the slave's body without his being aware of it. There is one exception: sexual juices are sent to the slave's mouth without any processing. Nutrient replacement and waste removal are handled by a connection to the slave's boots, which also provide superior protection to the slave's feet.

The suit is also equipped with a neural bypass device. Pushbuttons are located on the slave's chest and spine. When pressed, the slave is deactivated. In this state, he cannot speak or move, and his vision is highly blurred. He can still hear and feel any touch, however. There are indicator lights that are illuminated whenever the slave is active located on the pushbuttons.

A CA slave's name is stripped away as part of the incarceration process. Instead, he must only respond to being addressed by his number. The number ranges from CA-01 upward, and is unique to a particular slave.

Aside from the differences in exterior suit design between males and females, CA slaves' appearance is identical. They can only be reliably told apart by their assigned number, which is displayed below their chin and on their lower back, and is also embedded in their electronically processed speech.

What are the rules for sentencing and violations?

CAII does not determine the original sentence assigned to a CA slave. That is purely a function of the judicial system, as directed by competent legislative authority. CAII does not carry out sentences of less than one week except in highly unusual situations.

The basic violation times are as follows:

  • For original sentences of less than two months: One day for every week of original sentence
  • For original sentences of two months to one year: One week for every two months of original sentence
  • For original sentences of more than one year: One month for every year of original sentence

Each violation results in the sentence being lengthened by the amount listed above. Fractions of a day are rounded up to the next whole day; thus, a sentence of one week (the minimum) has a violation time of one day.

A CA slave may request his own sentence be lengthened by any amount, for any reason. He may be ordered to make such a request unless the terms of his sentence allow him to refuse such an order. Any extension which he may be ordered to request may not be for longer than one half his original sentence, without considering any intervening violations, and he may refuse more than one such order from any one person or those acting on behalf of one person.

What is Community Assistance Incarceration, Inc.?

Community Assistance Incarceration, Inc. is a corporation founded to develop and administer the CA incarceration program. This includes continuing research on CA incarceration itself, as well as its effects on CA slaves.

Chrissy Abbot conceived the program originally, and engineered the prototype suit. She has served short sentences as CA-07 to validate the suit's functioning. She eventually transferred administration and operation of the program to a new owner, who felt that she could not subject others to something she was not willing to undergo herself.

The new owner is assigned the number CA-00, and her name was legally changed to CAII Wonder. She has been permanently sealed into her suit. She personally performs the encapsulation of new CA slaves and the installation of their Custodians. Aside from being allowed to refuse orders that would compromise the integrity of the CA incarceration program or interfere with her duties in regard to it, she is in every other way the same as any other CA slave.