"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
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." -
Corrections) Donald C. Wyatt facility later became a case study at the
Harvard Design School's Center for Design Informatics.
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's case study
mentions that Cornell arranged for the facility to be constructed by Brown
& Root of Houston, a subsidiary of
Brown & Root/KBR's construction of prison facilities was to become
more visible many years later after its construction of detention facilities at
prisoner of war camps in Iraq and its winning
of contracts to build detention centers for the
Department of Homeland Security."
- Catherine Austin
Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" the
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
pushing drugs on television 24/7 in combination with
specialists we have an incarceration
"Prohibition of alcohol fell flat on its
The prohibition of other drugs rests on an equally wobbly
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
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.
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
"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
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a
appointee, noted in a speech to the American Bar Association that "our
resources are misspent, our punishments too severe, our
sentences too long" and urged the American Bar Association to study "the
inadequacies, and the injustices, in our prison and correctional systems".
The resulting study suggested that Congress repeal mandatory minimum
sentences suggesting that the laws tend "to be tough on the wrong
" Longer mandatory sentences are worth so much to private
A prisoner in jail for twenty years has a twenty-year
cash flow associated with his incarceration, as opposed to one with a shorter
sentence or one eligible for an early parole.
Passing laws regarding
mandatory sentencing or other rules that will increase the needs 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
"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 and moralistic approach.
Rarely has one nation so
successfully promoted its own failed policies to the rest of the world." -
Ethan Nadelmann 02/08
US spent $9 billion on incarceration.
spends $36 billion on police, courts and incarceration.
1999 US spends $49
billion to incarcerate individuals.
Italy and Germany have incarceration rates of around 100 per 100,000 of
population whereas America has in an incarceration rate of 436 per
2004 2.1 million prisoners behind
American bars which is comparable to the rate of incarceration in the
Soviet Union under Joseph
Stalin and Iraq under Saddam
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.
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
For a three striker, 25 years, the cost of incarceration is
Those sentenced to 25 years to life will effectively be wards
of the State for as long as they live.
In North Carolina Junior Allen,
65, is released after 35 years of incarceration for
television set worth
$140 in 1970.
imprisoned residents at 4 times the rate it did in
"California's correctional system is in a tailspin that
threatens public safety and raises the
risk of fiscal disaster.
The failing correctional system is the largest and most 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
Schwarzenegger annonuces his new plan to borrow $7.4 billion to ease prison
overcrowding by building new prisons.
At this time 172,000 inmates are
packed into space intended for 100,000 inmates.
"'Tough on Crime' sentencing laws have to be judged
by outcomes and matched with fiscal responsibility.
rhetoric, thirty years
of 'tough on crime' politics has not made the state safer." - Michael E.
Alpert, chairman Little Hoover Commission, January 25, 2007
2008 1 out of 100 American adults is incarcerated - the
highest incarceration rate throughout recorded history.
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 remained largely unchanged.
One out of 89
women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men." - Pew
Center on the States
California has built 30 prisons since 1980
but inmate levels are 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.
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 (Mark A. Ciavarella Jr.) and no one was
willing to speak up about the sentences he was handing down." - Marsha
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
Corporal punishment used to
be carried out in a businesslike fashion.
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
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 not isolated and opposed 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
People, no longer punished for apostasy, are instead
islolates them 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
"What is so astonishing," Foucault asks, "about the fact
that our prisons resemble our factories,
military bases, and
hospitals - all of which
in turn resemble prisons?"
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