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The Prison Time Machine…

This week’s Online New Yorker magazine features excellent commentary on mass incarceration by Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America.”

The author well captures the reality of American prisons as time machines and warehouses of “the lock and the clock.” He also offers several causative factors that resonate with my own conclusions.

When Reagan came to Washington in 1980 there were 220 souls imprisoned for every 100,000 people in the US. Today, that number is 743 and climbing. The US, while having only 5% of the world population, contains 25% of all prisoners on earth. more…

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Criminal Reality Trumps TV fiction…

One of the TV dramas that occasionally catch my eye is “Law & Order.” The other day, one was presented as a fictionalized account of a juvenile judge who sold justice for his private profit.  It was far closer to reality than some viewers may have imagined.

Judge Ciavarelli...

The current issue of the Prison Legal News (PLN, Nov.2011), features an article by Derek Gilna on two Pennsylvania judges that played the real “Cash for Kids” and were subsequently convicted and sentenced. more…

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Warehousing America…

As criminalization and incarceration continue to become the central means of the states and federal gov’ts to enforce the incorporation of America, we’re going to witness scenes like that revealed in this video more often—despite all the conservative pie-in-the-sky and liberal compromising…

But don’t count on seeing it on your local news.  Over 90% of the mass media is already owned and operated by six of these corporations. more…

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Criminal & State Power…

As convicted criminals, it certainly helps us recognize that character trait in others…

Dreams of justice…

Most criminal statutes in the world are temporal political measures for social control by whatever group happens to be in local power.  The United States is no different.

Aung San Suu Kyi, for instance, was released from house arrest (after a total of some 15 of her last 21 yrs) by the prevailing military junta in Myanmar.  Her crime:  Criticizing the junta.  They, of course, only considered themselves as “maintaining the rule of law.”  They’re right.  Their rule, their law.  more…

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One Born Every Minute…

While we’ve been distracted by the mid-term elections, the business of America—business—continues.  They never miss a beat…

North Lake Correctional Facility, Baldwin, MI

 

The Democratic governor of Michigan teamed up with her Republican counterpart in California for another magic-mirrors fix to their respective budgetary problems.  This time it’s private prison profiteering. more…