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Human Rights Watch: Aging Prisoners…

Human Rights Watch just came out with a 104-pg report, “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States.”

The corporate media focuses on health costs and –God forbid—the possibility that states might have to release inmates early. I have a somewhat different take…

For anyone who’s done time, we know what prisons are all about: retribution and punishment. Period. more…

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Sometimes, you just gotta be there…

During my federal trial back in ’90 for cocaine conspiracy (theirs, not mine…), I was sick at one point and the trial was adjourned for a couple of days.  Thru my court-appointed attorney, I complained of the lack of medical care.

Of the two side-by-side  jails in Detroit, the old one was especially rife with sickness.  In the summer, we sat around in our underwear, sweat just pouring down.  In the winter, freezing.

I recall at one point a deputy sheriff making his rounds recognized me.  As a criminal defense investigator in Detroit for 17 years, I used to have a jail security pass to visit clients, many of the guards knew me.

He motioned to the other end of the bullpen and asked, “What the f*** are you doing here, Mac?”

I answered, “Don’t you watch TV?  Read the papers?” more…