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– UPDATE April 30, 2014
“Reseachers blast U.S. prison policies”
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau
– “Shocking Facts About Americas For-Profit Prison Industry”
“Unbeknownst to many, the prison system has become a for-profit business in which inmates are the producta system that has shocking similarities to another human-based business from Americas past: slavery.
In late 2013, a new report from In the Public Interest (ITPI) revealed that private prison companies are striking deals with states that contain clauses guaranteeing high prison occupancy ratessometimes 100 percent,” by Beth Buczynski in Care2.com.
– “10 Prison Security Techniques Being Implemented on the American People”
“As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls. ‘Free worlders’ is prison slang for the non-incarcerated who reside in the free world. In this article I am going to compare a number of practices used in federal prisons to those being used today in the ‘free world.’
You might find that our country may be one giant correctional institution,”quoting Marlon Brock in Analysis.
– “Colorados Federal Supermax Prison Is Force-Feeding Inmates on Hunger Strike”
“The UN human rights office has deemed indefinite solitary confinement and nasal force-feeding, as practiced at US prisons, torture under international law,” quoting Steven Hsieh in The Nation.
– “US Prison System Resembling Huge Geriatrics Ward”
“With over 16 percent of the national prison population falling into the aging category, experts say the U.S. prison system is beginning to resemble a gigantic geriatrics ward, at massive economic and humanitarian costs to society,” quoting Kanya DAlmeida, IPS News.
– “Kids For Cash Scheme Exposes Horrors of For-Profit Prisons: Documentary”
“The fact that the United States leads the world in prison population is becoming common knowledge. Somewhat lesser known is the direct connection between corporate prisons and incarceration rates. There is no starker example of this than Louisiana which leads the world in for-profit prisons and, just coincidentally, happens to have the world’s highest prison population per capita.
The U.S. prison business has become the essence of predatory corporatism: it privatizes profits and socializes losses,” quoting Joe Wright in Activist Post.
– An amazingly astute observation
“A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed”
“YOU CAN GO TO ANY PENITENTIARY IN THIS NATION AND YOU WILL SEE SLAVERY.”
“Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, “could be my final statement on earth.” It is well worth your time,” BY Hamilton Nolan.
– “Lincoln Sucked At Ending Slavery, And So Do You.”
“Death row inmate Ray Jasper, who has never used the internet, wrote an article that went viral. Part of his appeal is that he made it sound like he was innocent. Not true, it turns out he slit a mans throat. But what stuck out to me, was his description of the prison system,” quoting Christopher West.
– U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012
– “U.S., Britain Accused of Running ‘Secret Prisons’ in Afghanistan”
By Fazul Rahim and Alexander Smith, NBC News.
– “The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor”
“Years after ALEC’s Truth In Sentencing bills became the law of the land, its Prison Industries Act has quietly expanded prison labor across the country.”
By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan in The Nation, August 1, 2011.