prison population

America's Slave Empire

America's Criminal Injustice System

The Prison As Laboratory

Mass Incarceration

"The degree of civilization in a society is

revealed by entering its prisons."

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

"Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, César Gaviria of Colombia, and Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, "all conservative politicians, blamed the US emphasis on criminalization for the continuing toll caused by drug trafficking, and called for an approach based on public health, including the legalization of marijuana." - Associated Press

"Reserve costly prison beds for people we are afraid of, not for people we're mad at." - Pat Nolan, member of California State Assembly from 1974 to 1994, GOP leader from 1984 to 1988, two years in fed pen for bribes

"Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the US into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal." - Milton Friedman

welcome to the land of the free

Watchlist: List of Prison Stocks

Private prisons profit from illegal immigrants

If California release Inmates Early It Loses Cheap Labor

Time to Stop Using Incarcerated People for Free Labor

"Prisons are temples where devils learn to prey.

Every time we turn the key we twist the knife of fate,

every time we cage a man we close him in with hate."

Gregory David Roberts

Louisiana is the world's prison capital

How Louisiana Became The World's 'Prison Capital'

"The techniques of the police, have as their necessary end,
the transformation of the entire nation into a concentration camp."

Jacques Ellul, Technological Society, 1964

Welcome to Devil's Island

Young women 20 times more likely to die after prison

Prison time cuts lifespan until parole ends

lost mind

"There's no way to rule innocent men.

The only power any government has

is the power to crack down on criminals."

Ayn Rand

"Cornell's (Cornell Corrections) Donald C. Wyatt facility later became a case study at the Harvard Design School's Center for Design Informatics.

This was an indication of the wave of business and investment opportunities prisons and law enforcement presented to everyone from architects to construction companies to real estate and tax-exempt bond investors.

Harvard' case study notes Cornell arranged for the facility to be constructed by Kellogg, Brown and Root of Houston, a subsidiary of Halliburton.

Kellogg, Brown and Root constructed detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, prisoner of war camps in Iraq and won contracts to build detention centers for the Department of Homeland Security." - Catherine Austin Fitts

Housing a prisoner in California
now costs more than a year at Harvard

Why ramen noodles are the new 'money' in prisons

How Ramen Noodles Became King of Prison Currencies

When Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" the transnational elite understood that incarcerating inmates at rates that ultimately rival the former Soviet Union and repressive Middle Eastern regimes is not only an excellent profit center but an effective method of social control.

Prisons grew overcrowded and understaffed in the conversion of public prison systems into new private systems of incarceration and forced labor.

This draconian 'war on drugs' is not a war on 'drugs'.

This draconian 'war' is a war on people that use drugs excessively.

With PHRMA pushing drugs on television 24/7 in combination with addiction recovery specialists we have an incarceration pipeline.

The Shame of America's Gulag

America's Incarcerated Population: Largest in World

Long Sentences, No Federal Parole Deepen Crisis of Mass Incarceration

US Routinely Sentences Children to Life in Prison Without Parole

We Planted Evidence, Framed Innocent People To Reach Quotas

US Prison Industry: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

"Prohibition of alcohol fell flat on its face.

The prohibition of other drugs rests on an equally wobbly foundation.

In declaring 'war on drugs', we have declared war on our fellow citizens.

War requires enemies we can demonize, fear and loathe.

Current policies expose the embarrassingly meager return on our massive law enforcement effort of $167 billion a year.

It is time to accept drug use as a right of adult Americans, treat drug abuse as a public health problem and end the madness of an unwinnable war."- Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police Department.

Cannabis was made illegal to increase the fortunes of William Randolf Hearst, the DuPont family and all the quack medicine producers of Rockefeller Medicine, descendents of the Medicine show.

Cannabis oil remains visible in the body for 30 days whereas coal ash derivative water soluable chemicals wash out of the body in a few hours.

"I had my deep secrets, and I assumed my male friends had theirs, though none as shameful as mine - when I was 5, I was forced into a sexual act by a gang of kids who laughed at me.

I didn't reveal that secret until I was 60 years old and in a 12-step program into which I'd stumbled because of the booze and drugs I'd used to Novocain the pain of my shame and self doubt." - Karl Fleming

police states

Gutting Habeas Corpus

Bill Clinton and the 1994 Crime Bill

Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration

"When I think about the world I would like to leave to my daughter and the grandchildren I hope to have, it is a world moving away from unequal, unstable, unsustainable interdependence to integrated communities - locally, nationally and globally - that share the characteristics of all successful communities." - William J. Clinton

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, noted in a speech to the American Bar Association that "our resources are misspent, our punishments too severe, our sentences too long".

The resulting study suggested that Congress repeal mandatory minimum sentences suggesting that the laws tend "to be tough on the wrong people".

"Longer mandatory sentences are worth so much to private prison stocks.

A prisoner in jail for a minimum of 20 years has a projected 25 year cash flow associated with incarceration, as opposed those eligible for early parole.

Passing laws regarding mandatory sentencing that increase the need for prison capacity can increase the value of private prison company stock without those companies getting additional contracts or business.

The passage of - or anticipation of - a laws that will increase the demand for private prisons is a "stock play" in and of itself." - Catherine Austin Fitts

America Can't Quit the Drug War

Bail: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Scientology "Re-Education" for Prisoners by Goldman Sachs

Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State

"Looking to America as a role model for drug control is like looking to apartheid South Africa for how to deal with race.

America leads the world in per-capita incarceration rates, with less than 5% of the world's population but almost 25% of the world's prisoners.

About 500,000 people are in American prisons and jails today for violating a drug law; that's almost 10 times the total in 1980.

Despite this dismal record, America has succeeded in constructing a global drug prohibition regime modeled after its own highly punitive approach.

Rarely has one nation so successfully promoted its own failed policies to the rest of the world." - Ethan Nadelmann 02/08

1982   US spends $9 billion on incarceration.

1985   US spends $36 billion on police, courts and incarceration.

1999   US spends $49 billion to incarcerate individuals.

2002   England, Italy and Germany have incarceration rates of around 100 per 100,000 of population whereas America has in an incarceration rate of 436 per 100,000.

2004   2.1 million prisoners behind American bars compare to the rate of incarceration in the USSR under Stalin and Iraq under Hussein.

An individual convicted of petty theft in California - a theft of less than $400 - who is sentenced to serve any time in jail may be charged with a felony if caught stealing again and punished with up to three years in state prison.

5,500 individuals are serving third strike prison sentences in California including more than 100 serving a minimum of 25 years for petty theft.

2005 America spends $167 billion on incarceration.

Seven million Americans, about 3% of the total American population, is incarcerated or on parole or probation.

California spends $573 million.

13,000 individuals, 9% of California prison population are three strikers.

For a three striker, 25 years, the cost of incarceration is $750,000.

Those sentenced to 25 years to life are effectively wards of the State for life.

In North Carolina Junior Allen, 65, is released 35 years after incarceration for stealing a black and white television set worth $140 in 1970.

2007 California imprisons residents at 4 times the rate it did in 1980.

"California's correctional system is in a tailspin that threatens public safety and raises the risk of fiscal disaster.

The failing correctional system is an immediate crisis facing policy-makers.

Thousands of local jail inmates are let out early every week as a result of overcrowding and court-ordered population caps." - Little Hoover Commission, January 25, 2007

Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger annonuces his new plan to borrow $7.4 billion to ease prison overcrowding by building new prisons.

172,000 inmates are packed into space intended for 100,000 inmates.

2008 1 out of 100 American adults is incarcerated - the highest incarceration rate throughout recorded history.

"One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion.

The crime rate has declined by about 25% in the past two decades.

Despite more spending on prisons, recidivism rates remain unchanged.

1 of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with 1 of 18 men." - Pew Center on the States

California built 30 prisons since 1980 - inmate levels double design capacity.

A federal judge finds that a least one avoidable death is occuring per week through sheer neglect and ineptitude even though spending on health care is up 263% from 2000 to $1.9 billion.

"Our prisons are crowded for one reason: Too many people behind bars.

We could start by finding a more appropriate way to deal with those prisoners who are more mentally ill than criminal, who were re-incarcerated for technical parole violations that pose no public safety threat, whose offense is mere drug possession, or who are serving 25-year mandatory minimum sentences for non-serious, nonviolent third strikes." - Sharon Dolovich, professor at UCLA School of Law.

run for the caymans

Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan appear in federal court in Scranton, Pa. to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax evasion for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care.

Judge Michael T. Conahan secured contracts for the two centers to house juvenile offenders while Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. carried out the sentencing to keep the centers filled.

"There was a culture of intimidation surrounding this judge and no one was willing to speak up about the sentences handed down." - Marsha Levick

More than 500 sentenced juveniles had appeared before Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. without legal representation.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. is sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for taking bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as Kids for Cash.

2009 A federal three-judge panel rules that the California prison system must reduce overcrowding by as many as 55,000 inmates within three years to provide a constitutional level of medical and mental health care.

2014 The Prisoners Fighting California's Wildfires

solitary confinement

night in the box

Michel Foucault, on the Role of Prisons

13 years in solitary confinement: 'I've lost my mind'

Corporal punishment used to be carried out in a businesslike fashion.

Bodies were branded, amputated, wrenched apart.

From the stake to the scaffold, from the pillory to the gibbet, physical suffering was produced with elaborate theatricality as an example to all.

Care was taken that no one should be unaware of it.

The King, as the Father of the country acted in the stead of God.

God, synonymous with Nature, is invariable and absolute.

Public theatricality came to a end in the second half of the 18th century.

The monotonous tumbling of locks and the shadow of the cell block have replaced the grand ceremonial of flesh and blood.

The condemned are concealed rather than being placed on exhibition.

We no longer want to cause the criminal pain;

we want to reeducate him;

we want to reorient his "spirit."

The change took place throughout Western civilization in less than a century.

The Middle Ages had prisons and jails but was unfamiliar with a rigid system of regimented, fastidious detention that developed between 1780 and 1820 as Europe and the New World became covered with penitentiaries.

The shock of corporal punishment and the silence of reclusion are contiguous phenomena; nor are their differences only on the surface.

This is a scaling transistion from one method of social control to another.

Rather than conceptualizing defying the authority of the King as defying God, defiance of the authority previously transferred collectively to the people is seen as a breach of the social contract between culture members.

People, no longer punished for apostasy, are instead excommunicated.

Society islolates and 'reforms' them by carefully regulating every action.

Control through isolation requires rigorous regulation of space as security, rigid regulation of the use of time and regulation of physical movements.

"What is so astonishing," Foucault asks, "about the fact that our prisons resemble our factories, schools, military bases, and hospitals - all of which in turn resemble prisons?"

locking up non-violent human bsings

Pysch drug link to violent episodes analysed

Criminal justice system became the mental health system

Until 1808 the mentally ill were often manacled and exorcised by Catholic preists.

When it is understood that mental illness has contributed to relatively minor crimes that mental illness is taken into consideration - as an increased threat.

People with severe mental illness are medicated with robust neuroleptics so that they appear to have a basic understanding of court proceedings.

They are then considered sane and convicted as violent deviant criminals.

1981 Stephan Lilly is convicted of DUI, controlled substance possession and misdemeanor assault.

1997 Stephan Lilly, 42, is convicted of assaulting his wife.

2005 A verbal threat against his wife goes down as second violent felony and strike two.

Upon release Stephan Lilly is paroled to a group home for those with mental illness but denied the medication that made him sane enough to go to trial.

After hearing voices that told him to run around, due to his withdrawal from the neuroleptics previously received in jail, Stephan Lilly got into an altercation with a guard.

The legal system addicted Stephan Lilly to extremely potent neuroleptics, then aburptly withdrew them and expected him to remain calm.

The prosecutor noted Stephan Lilly had been diagnosed schizophrenic.

The prosecutor labeled Stephan Lilly a violent deviant criminal offender.

For a verbal threat and physically detaining the guard, uninjured yet shocked with fear by being pined against a wall Stephan Lilly, received 25 to life for his third strike.

Two of the these three strikes were based on what was considered criminally violent felony verbal threats !

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