Prisons

Jeff Sessions enacts harsher sentencing and charges in criminal justice overhaul (5/12/2017)

Mass incarceration contributes significantly to the racial achievement gap (3/15/2017)

We're Number 1
"America has in jail 24% of the world's prisoners. The United States locks up more people, both in total and as a percentage of the population, than any other country of the world" James Gustave Speth: America the Possible
If we were to judge the US by its penal policies, we would perceive a strange beast: a Christian society that believes in neither forgiveness nor redemption: George Monbiot
The United States is the only democracy in the world that strips the right to vote from citizens who have done time in prison. Fourteen states permanently disenfranchise some citizens, in 2004, these laws stripped 5.3 million Americans with felony convictions --disproportionately but by no means solely African-Americans and Latino -- of the right to vote, even after they had paid their debt to society. Katrina Vandan Heuvel, The Nation, July 21, 2008.
No other country in the world disenfranchises people who are released from prison in a manner even remotely resembling the United States. In fact, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has charged the U.S. disenfranchisement policies are discriminatory and violate international law. In those few European countries that permit limited postprison disqualification, the sanction is very narrowly tailored and the number of people disenfranchised is probably in the dozens or hundreds. In the United States, by contrast, voting disqualification upon release from prison is automatic, with no legitimate purpose, and affects millions. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow pg 154.
We're locking up 1 in every 100 American adults—and going bankrupt in the process. Are there alternatives to a total meltdown? Inside America's broken—and broke—prison system. Slammed: The Coming Prison Meltdown (Mother Jones)
High levels of incarceration... have exacerbated social, economic, and political inequalities. Punishment has been extended beyond prison by laws and practices that restrict the rights of former felons and render them second-class citizens. The disenfranchisement of felons and ex-felons and the way in which prisoners are enumerated in the U.S. census have combined to weaken the political power of low-income and minority communities. Enumerating prisoners in the jurisdictions where they are serving their sentences—and not in the communities to which they will return—dilutes the votes of those urban and rural areas that do not contain prisons." Growth of Incarceration in the United States (464 page report from the National Academy of Science. (2014)
People have said to me that the criminal justice system doesn't work...I've come to believe exactly the opposite – that it works perfectly, just as slavery did, as a matter of economic a political policy. How is that a fifteen-year-old in Newark who the country labels worthless to the economy, who has no hope of getting a job or affording college, can suddenly generate $20,000 to $30,000 a year once trapped in the criminal justice system ? The expansion of prisons, parole, probation, the court, and police systems has resulted in an enormous bureaucracy which has been a boon to everyone from architects to food vendors, all with one thing in common – a paycheck earned by keeping human beings in cages. The criminalization of poverty in a lucrative business, and we have replaced the social safety net with a dragnet.” Bonnie Kerness (AFSC Prison Watch) quoted in Wages of Rebellion, the Moral Imperative of Revolt:  Chris Hedges pg 120

Scholars Behind Bars (2/23/2017)

Loretta Lynch's Prison Reforms Don't Meet the For-Profit Standard (6/20/2016)

The For-Profit Sadism of ‘Incarceration, Inc. (1/28/2016)

It's Time to Put an End to Private Prisons (10/11/2015)

'Orange Is the New Black' Author Piper Kerman: Sending Huge Numbers of Women to Prison 'Fails Any Kind of Logic Test' (7/2/2015)

40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black, Brown, and Poor People(6/4/2015)

How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about (4/28/2015)

The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty (3/16/2015)

UN Expert Slams US as Only Nation to Imprison Kids for Life Without Parole (3/10/2015)

Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System (8/31/2013)

An egregious example: Prisoner labor in America (7/26/2013)

Petition: Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

Cruel And Unusual Punishment (3/27/2013)

U.S. Has World's Highest Incarceration Rate (8/2012)

The US is Number 1...in prisoners

Prisons, Privatization, patronage: Paul Krugman (6/22/2012)

The US Growing For-Profit Prison Industry (6/20/2012)

Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex: The Economics of Incarceration in the USA (2/6/2012)

The Hidden History of Alec and Prison Labor (8/2011)

Follow the Prison Money Trail (9/4/2006)

USA’s Prison Industrial Complex Moves South of the Border

State Felon Voting Laws

The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population, but we have 25 percent of the world's prisoners.

National Prison Divestment Campaign

Corporate Con Game (10/2010)

Ugly Truth Most U.S. Kids Sentenced to Die In Prison Are Black (11/11/2009)

Connecticut's Secret Prisoners (01/27/2008)

The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world (2/28/2008)

StopMax 

Private Prisons: Profits of Crime

Ugly Truth Most U.S. Kids Sentenced to Die In Prison Are Black

Geriatric Prisoners

The Prison-Industrial Complex - 98.12

WINGS OF AN ANGEL

Video

3 Corrupt Ways Private Prisons Write Our Laws - Follow the Money #3 (4:40)

Links

Corrections Corporation of America

The Sentencing Project

The Marshall Project

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

End Mass Incarceration

Beyond Bars

Vera Institute

Sentencing Project

Justice Center

Racism

Death Penalty

Learn more about political prisoners and the prison industrial complex in the US:

visit http://www.criticalresistance.org/ ">Critical Resistance,

http://www.prisonactivist.org/" >Prison Activist Resource Center, and

http://www.serve.com/nukeresister/">The Nuclear Resister.

Secret Prison on Diego Garcia confirmed

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Close the School of the Americas

http://www.soaw.org/

Bibliography

Justice in America: John Hurwitz (click for his BookTV talk on CSPAN)

Burning Down the House, the end of juvenile prison: Nell Bernstein

The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander

Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House. Sasha Abramsky

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences: Jeremy Travis and Bruce Western, Editors; (2014) 464 page pdf. Download it.

American Furies: Sasha Abramsky

"The Perpetual Prisoner Machine" by Joel Dyer

Prison Profiteers: Who makes money from Mass Incarceration. Tara Herivel and Paul Wright

Lockdown America : police and prisons in the age of crisis by Parenti, Christian

The culture of control : crime and social order in contemporary society by Garland, David

Going up the river : travels in a prison nation by Hallinan, Joseph

Constitutional chaos : what happens when the government breaks its own laws by Napolitano, Andrew P

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