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Mass Incarceration in the US

Mass Incarceration in the US
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IAma former employee of a jail where I watched inmates be beat for fun. I was fired for reporting it, and have spent the last decade of my life testifying for those inmates. I did an AMA before, but couldn't say what really needed to be said. I'm done tes Prison–industrial complex USA incarceration timeline The term "prison-industrial complex" (PIC) is used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies. The term is derived from the "military-industrial complex" of the 1950s. The term 'prison industrial complex' has been used to describe a similar issue in other countries' prisons of expanding populations.[1] History[edit] The signing of the Rockefeller drug laws in May 1973 by New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller is considered to be the beginning of the Prison Industrial Complex. "The Prison Industrial Complex" is the title of a recorded 1997 speech by social activist Angela Davis, later released as an audio CD that served as the basis for her book of the same title. A few months later, Eric Schlosser wrote an article published in Atlantic Monthly in December 1998 stating that: Economics[edit] Prison abolition[edit]

hibbel comments on Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards Stopped-and-Frisked: 'For Being a F**king Mutt' [VIDEO] Editor's note: The day after The Nation published this video, it sparked a heated debate during a meeting of the City Council's public safety committee. Since then, the New York Police Department's stop, question and frisk tactic gained national notoriety and became a major factor in the city's 2013 mayoral race. Footage and audio from this video were incorporated into a PSA video by the artist Yasiin Bey, and, perhaps most significantly, and the video was mentioned in the August 2013 decision of the landmark federal case Floyd v. Exclusive audio obtained by The Nation of a stop-and-frisk carried out by the New York Police Department freshly reveals the discriminatory and unprofessional way in which this controversial policy is being implemented on the city’s streets. On June 3, 2011, three plainclothes New York City Police officers stopped a Harlem teenager named Alvin and two of the officers questioned and frisked him while the third remained in their unmarked car.

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5 Terrifying Truths of Working with the Criminally Insane Despite what pop culture and shitty lawyers who work for gift cards insist, pleading insanity isn't a magical loophole that lets you get away with murder. You just end up in a mental hospital until you're found competent enough to stand trial. At Cracked, it's pretty much inevitable that we'll wind up in one of these joints -- our legal fees are paid exclusively in Dave & Busters tickets -- so we wanted to find out what they're really like. We spoke to a source who worked direct care in a Florida maximum security forensic mental hospital for almost a decade, and learned that maybe we should have an alternate defense planned. Alien doppelgangers are a legit legal excuse, right? #5. munkat/iStock/Getty Images The majority of our residents, including some of our most dangerous ones, were charged with banal crimes like trespassing and theft. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty ImagesDepending on the brand, it'd be one of his more realistic crimes. #4. PondShots/iStock/Getty Images #3.

Woman's death in Washington jail prompts $10 million claim EVERETT, Wash. — The family of a woman who died in the Snohomish County Jail has filed a $10 million wrongful death claim. The claim says complacency by guards and medical staff resulted in the November 2011 death of 27-year-old Lyndsey Elizabeth Lason who had been arrested for investigation of theft and prostitution. The Daily Herald reports Lason complained of trouble breathing for more than a week, and other inmates poked fun at her for the "eke, eke, eke" sounds she made when trying to inhale. She died of a pulmonary infection that filled her chest with pus. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, Shari Ireton, says it can't comment on an active claim. There have been seven deaths at the jail in Everett since 2010. -- The Associated Press

video-shows-man-dying-jail-cell-food-allergy-guards-article-1 A 22-year-old Washington man locked up for a misdemeanor pot bust was left to die in his jail cell after guards ignored his food allergies, his family claims in a lawsuit. Michael Saffioti begged for help from his cell at Snohomish County Jail after eating some oatmeal that triggered his debilitating dairy allergy on July 2, 2012, but was ignored by guards until it was too late, a video obtained by local KIRO-7 TV shows. Within a two hours, he was dead. His family claimed in a $10 million lawsuit against the county that he told guards about his condition beforehand, but was told the food was safe to eat. Facebook Michael Saffioti, 22, who was an inmate at Snohomish County Jail for a misdemeanor pot bust, died on July 2, 2012, after an allergic reaction to his food. "Our theory is that they absolutely knew about Michael's medical needs," Cheryl Snow, an attorney for Saffioti's mother, told the station. Video from the jail captured Saffioti's (above) horrific final moments.

Ireland Refuses to Extradite Man to US Because Prison System is Too "Inhumane" Cassius MethylAugust 11, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) Throughout the world, the U.S. prison system is often seen as inhumane and excessively large. The American prison system is so reviled, in fact, that Irish officials recently refused to extradite an alleged terrorist to the U.S. Irish High Court Justice Aileen Donnelly went as far as to write a 333-page report about why the suspect shouldn’t be extradited. Donnelly said the prison “amounts to a breach of the constitutional requirement to protect persons from inhuman and degrading treatment and to respect the dignity of the human being.” “[P]rolonged exposure to involuntary solitary confinement exacts a significant physiological toll, is damaging to the integrity of the mind and personality, and is damaging to the bodily integrity of the person,” she continued. One man and two women, including Damache’s wife, have already been convicted in U.S. courts of providing material support to terrorists. Follow @TheAntiMedia1

Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Plan To End Private Prisons Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is officially taking on the country’s private prison industry. By introducing a bill that would ban government contracts with private prisons, the presidential contender is quickly becoming the loudest advocate for criminal justice reform among his competitors. The Justice is Not For Sale Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bobby L. “Study after study after study has shown private prisons are not cheaper, they are not safer, and they do not provide better outcomes for either the prisoners or the state,” Sanders said at a press conference Thursday. In 2013, 8.4 percent of the 1.6 million inmates in federal and state prisons were locked away in prisons managed by private entities. Raking in billions of dollars, two of the largest prison corporations, GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), are some of the most influential lobbyists in the country.

FCC Votes to Stop Prisons from Charging $14 a Minute for Phone Calls The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to crack down on exorbitant prison phone rates, in a landmark victory for criminal justice reform advocates who have long criticized what they call abusive and predatory practices by phone companies. “Voting to endorse today’s reforms will eliminate the most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen in my 17 years as a state and federal regulator,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said Thursday during the agency's monthly open meeting. “The system is inequitable, it has preyed on our most vulnerable for too long, families are being further torn apart, and the cycle of poverty is being perpetuated.” The new FCC rules cap the cost of prison phone calls at 11 cents a minute for debit or prepaid calls in state and federal prisons, and reduce the cost of most inmate calls from $2.96 to $1.65 for a 15-minute in-state call, and from $3.15 to $1.65 for a 15-minute long distance call. Public interest groups hailed the FCC’s new policy.