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Prison Labor in America: How Is It Legal? Crops stretch to the horizon. Black bodies pepper the landscape, hunched over as they work the fields. Officers on horseback, armed, oversee the workers. To the untrained eye, the scenes in Angola for Life: Rehabilitation and Reform Inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary, an Atlantic documentary filmed on an old Southern slave-plantation-turned-prison, could have been shot 150 years ago. The imagery haunts, and the stench of slavery and racial oppression lingers through the 13 minutes of footage. The film tells two overlapping stories: One is of accomplishment against incredible odds, of a man who stepped into the most violent maximum-security prison in the nation and gave the men there—discarded and damned—what society didn’t: hope, education, and a moral compass.

But there is a second storyline running alongside the first, which raises disquieting questions about how America treats those on the inside as less than fully human. Not quite. Angola is not the exception; it is the rule. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation. Chapter 1: "Inmates Run This Bitch" Have you ever had a riot? " I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). "The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone. "Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans! " says a woman's voice, cutting in. "We got rid of them. " I take a breath. I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation's 1.6 million prisoners.

CCA certainly seemed eager to give me a chance to join its team. They weren't interested in the details of my résumé. When I call Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, the HR lady who answers is chipper and has a smoky Southern voice. "I like fishing. " "Well, there is plenty of fishing, and people around here like to hunt squirrels. "No. " "Well, I think you'll like Louisiana. Ultimately, I choose Winn. I phone HR and tell her I'll take the job. "Well, poop can stick! " "You nervous?

" Mr. Mr. Sledge freed after 37 years in prison. WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars was freed from prison Friday after a three-judge panel found him innocent in the 1976 stabbing deaths of a Bladen County mother and her adult daughter. Last month, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission recommended the case of Joseph Sledge for judicial review after newly discovered evidence cast doubt on whether he had anything to do with the killings of Josephine Davis, 74, and Ailene Davis, 53, in their Elizabethtown home.

About an hour after the judges' ruling – and after 37 years in prison – Sledge, 70, walked out of the Columbus County jail in Whiteville into the arms of family. "I just thank God to be alive and thank the (North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence) and the Innocence Commission for sticking by this case and making it really happen," Sledge said. His next stop: Supper with his family and his attorney 23 miles away at Dale's Seafood in Lake Waccamaw. David also apologized to Sledge. NYC teen spends 3 years in solitary confinement after being falsely accused of stealing backpack. According to a report on Democracy Now, a 16-year-old New York teen spent nearly 800 days in solitary confinement after being accused — but never even tried, much less convicted — of stealing a backpack. On May 15, 2010, Kalief Browder was returning home from a party in the Bronx with a friend.

He was stopped by police, who were working on a tip that he had robbed someone earlier that night. In the backseat of the police car, the man who provided that tip pointed at Browder and said he had stolen something from him. “I didn’t do it,” Browder responded. “I didn’t steal anything. Check my pockets.” The police went back to the car to consult with the man in the backseat, who then changed his story, and said that the robbery had occurred a few weeks earlier. Browder accompanied the police to the station, thinking, “I’m just going to be here for a couple hours. It would be three years before the “misunderstanding” was cleared up. On November 4, 2011, prosecutors requested another two weeks. The Wal-Mart Model: Not Just for Retail, Now It’s for Private Prisons Too! The nation's biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses – so much so, that they want in on the action.

About a year after acquiring a smaller firm that operates halfway houses and other community corrections facilities, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) CEO Damon Hininger announced a few weeks ago that "[r]eentry programs and reducing recidivism are 100 percent aligned with our business model. " Wait, what? High recidivism rates mean more people behind bars, and CCA depends on more and more incarceration to make its billions. Since when do they actually want people to do well after they get out, instead of being sucked back into the system?

It's tempting to be hopeful. Come on. If you read Hininger's speech carefully, he hints at a long-term corporate strategy that could eventually become even more lucrative than CCA's prison business: The Wal-Martification of reentry. The Innocence Project - Home. Death row inmate Glenn Ford released 30 years after wrongful conviction. Glenn Ford has been freed from the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana having lived under the shadow of the death sentence for 30 years. He becomes one of the longest-serving death row inmates in US history to be exonerated. Ford was released on the order of a judge in Shreveport after Louisiana state prosecutors indicated they could no longer stand by his conviction. In late 2013 the state notified Ford’s lawyers that a confidential informant had come forward with new information implicating another man who had been among four co-defendants originally charged in the case. He was sentenced to death in 1984 for the murder the previous November of Isadore Rozeman, an older white man who ran a Shreveport jewellery and watch repair shop.

Asked as he walked away from the prison gates about his release, Ford told WAFB-TV, “It feels good; my mind is going in all kind of directions. “I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40 stuff like that.” After a Murder in the Bronx, a Sentence to Wait. Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row - Andrew Cohen. A case involving a black man convicted by an all-white jury in Louisiana decades ago may be reopened. A 1984 photograph of Louisiana death row inmate Glenn Ford, who may soon be exonerated (James R. McClure/Caddo Parish Indigent Defender Office) UPDATE: Glenn Ford was indeed released from prison late Tuesday afternoon local time. The same judge who denied him relief in 2009 was the one who signed the order authorizing his release. ORIGINAL STORY: Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984, a man who has spent the last 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit following a trial filled with constitutional violations, is on the verge of being set free.

Once that happens (and it could happen as soon as tomorrow after a hearing in the case) he will become one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern American history to be exonerated and released. Any exoneration is remarkable, of course. There was no murder weapon found. About the Exoneration Registry. America's Worst Prison Closed 51 Years Ago. Except It Didn't. —Ben Dreyfuss on Fri. March 21, 2014 2:32 PM PDT Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was conceived as a place to put the worst of the worst. The prisoners that kept starting problems at the other prisons. Put them all together, the thinking went. It wasn't a place for rehabilitation. Alcatraz was finally shuttered, 51 years ago today, not because it was brutal, though it was, or because living conditions were inhumane, though they were.

This isn’t a secret. You could be forgiven for assuming that one morning in the spring of 1963, everyone woke up and said, “hey, wait a minute, let’s treat our prisoners better!” And 51 years later, so are we, really. Baked to death. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary—the one that Clint Eastwood broke out of and Nicolas Cage broke into—may be dead.

Amazon. States subjecting death row inmates to longer deaths amid scramble for drugs | World news. US death penalty states face a deepening crisis in their struggle to procure medical drugs for use in lethal injections, with new evidence that the increasingly random methods being used are subjecting condemned prisoners to prolonged and possibly excruciating deaths. A Guardian survey of death sentences carried out over the past three years by Texas – the most prolific of all execution states – has found that the procedure now takes on average twice as long as under previous protocols. A study of Texas department of criminal justice records and eyewitness media reports mainly from the Associated Press shows a notable lengthening of the death process following the switch in July 2012 from the conventional three-drug cocktail to a single drug, pentobarbital.

Ten executions prior to the change took on average 10 minutes to complete, ranging from nine to 11 minutes between the administration of the lethal injection and the declaration of death. Crime Control as Industry Book Review. Crime Control as Industry By Nils Christie (2000) Review by Peter Wagner Originally submitted to Prison Legal News on May 9, 2002 The heavily revised third edition (2000) of Crime Control As Industry: Towards Gulags, Western Style is an essential guide to understanding the incarceration boom and considering how we can turn it around. The first book of Norwegian criminologist Nils Christie, Limits to Pain, argued that the criminal justice system is in fact a pain delivery system, with the size of the system controlled not by the number of committed acts labeled as crimes but by the amount of pain that a society is willing to impose on its citizens.

Crime Control as Industry expands upon that theme, and tracks how an industry has arisen to manage crime. And like any industry, the crime control industry is not about to say on its own: "Stop, we have enough of the market. We don't need to grow. " 'Verwend kutkind'-syndroom. Literatuuronderzoek privatisering gevangeniswezen | Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) U bent hier:Home Publicatiegegevens Inhoudsopgave: Samenvatting en conclusies Probleemstelling en aanpakConceptueel kaderHet Nederlandse gevangeniswezen in internationaal perspectiefVormgeving van privatisering (internationaal)Effecten van privatiseringMogelijke effecten van privatisering in het Nederlandse gevangeniswezen Literatuurlijst Bijlagen Auteur(s): Wilms, P., Friperson, R., Weda, J.

Organisatie: Plaats uitgave: Den Haag Uitgever: Jaar van uitgave: Type rapport: Eindrapport Bestelinformatie: Adres: APE - Aarts, De Jong, Wilms, Goudriaan Public EconomicsLange Voorhout 942514 EJ Den Haag Telefoon: Fax: E-mail: Website: Samenvatting Doel van dit literatuuronderzoek is om op basis van nationale en internationale literatuur te analyseren of (vormen van) privatisering binnen het Nederlandse gevangeniswezen kunnen leiden tot versobering en een hogere kosteneffectiviteit. Naar boven Onderzoekgegevens Werktitel: Privatisering van voor het gevangeniswezen relevante taken Projectnummer:

Import - The Central Park Five 1. De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep maakt gebruik van cookies. We maken een onderscheid tussen functionele cookies en cookies voor het beheer van webstatistieken, advertenties en social media. De cookies bevatten geen persoonsgegevens en zijn dus niet tot een individu te herleiden. Met de cookies voor advertenties en social media worden mogelijk door derden gegevens verzameld buiten de websites van de Nederlandse Publieke Omroep. Bij instellingen kun je aangeven deze cookies niet te accepteren. Door hiernaast op akkoord te klikken of door gebruik te blijven maken van deze website, geef je toestemming voor het plaatsen van cookies bij bezoek aan de websites van de Nederlandse Publieke Omroep. Meer weten over deze cookies, of wil je de cookie-instellingen voor onze websites wijzigen? Waarom cookies? De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep maakt gebruik van cookies.

Klik hier voor meer informatie over cookies en een overzicht van de sites waar je toestemming voor geldt. Cookie instellingen aanpassen? What Americans Don't Understand About the Death Penalty - Andrew Cohen. Support for capital punishment has hit an all-time low, according to a new Gallup poll. But the public still has a lot to learn about how unjustly the sentence is applied. The folks at Gallup released the results of a new poll yesterday about the death penalty in America under the headline: "U.S. Death Penalty Support Lowest in 40 Years. " Given the arbitrary way in which capital punishment is administered today in America, that's the good news. Evidently it is dawning on more and more people that the death penalty, as now applied by our judges and juries, is broken, in ways large and small, and thus unworthy of support. The bad news, however, is that public attitudes about the death penalty today remain wildly disconnected from the reality of the death penalty today.

Let me focus briefly here on two of the more disheartening results from the Gallup poll. 'De straf is vrijheidsbeneming, wij voegen geen leed toe' Op water en brood. De vox populi is bikkelhard voor mensen die fors over de schreef gaan. Tegelijkertijd wil het cliché dat de beschaving van een samenleving is af te lezen aan de manier waarop ze met gedetineerden omgaat. Op bezoek bij de Penitentiaire Inrichting in Dordrecht vraag ik gevangenisdirecteur Jan Kees de Gier om zijn visie. Allereerst krijg ik een rondleiding van woordvoerder Ralph Brühns, die vroeger zelf bewaarder was. Een rondleiding terwijl de gevangenis in bedrijf is, dus niet leeg zoals tijdens open dagen. Hij legt uit dat gedurende het dagprogramma een beperkt aantal gelegenheden, zoals bibliotheek en bezoekersruimte, bezocht mag worden. Het idee is om hier een aantal vooroordelen te toetsen: dat de gevangenis 'een hotel' is, dat het personeel niet enkel uit 'sleuteldraaiers' bestaat en dat gedetineerden alleen maar 'wasknijpers maken'.

De PI Dordrecht, voorheen ‘Dordtse Poorten’, biedt plaatst aan 372 gedetineerden in verschillende regimes. Geplaatst in: Binnenland. Concentratiekamp. Een concentratiekamp is een kamp waar mensen, meestal onder militaire dwang, bijeengebracht worden. Het is een inrichting om politieke tegenstanders of anderszins ongewenste mensen op grond van etnische, religieuze of sociale kenmerken te isoleren en psychisch en/of fysiek te breken, in sommige gevallen te doden. Het insluiten in een kamp gebeurt doorgaans voor onbepaalde tijd, door administratieve handelingen, zonder tussenkomst van een rechtbank en rechtshulp en zonder enig recht op inspraak. Het begrip concentratiekamp is voor een groot deel bepaald door het gebruik ervan tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

Auschwitz I - Dubbele prikkeldraadafscherming rond het kamp. Op de draden stond een dodelijke elektrische spanning Begrip Met het begrip concentratiekamp worden in het spraakgebruik vaak verschillende zaken aangeduid: vernietigingskamp, werkkamp, interneringskamp, reserveringskamp, verzamel- en doorgangskampen, die elk een andere bestaansgrond hebben en die soms in elkaar overlopen. Kamp Duindorp - Beeld en Geluid wiki. The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? The Shame of America’s Gulag - Chris Hedges' Columns.

'Geen besparing private gevangenis' Prisoner_population_rate_world_2012_map.png (1350×625) Mass Appeal to Governors: Don't Privatize Prisons. Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America. Arizona's Private Prisons: A Bad Bargain. Prisoners in 2011.