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"With Less Than 5% of the World's Population..."

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes | about a year ago

United States 9

"...the US accounts for a quarter of the world's prisoners."

Counter emancipation.

"...the US accounts for a quarter of the world's prisoners."

Counter emancipation.

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Interesting read (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#44145993)

Georgia's Green party will expect its candidates to put the fact of black mass incarceration squarely on the political table by advocating positions including but not limited to:

        opposing in principle the trials of or incarceration of juveniles as or with adults;

        repealing all mandatory sentencing legislation;

        an end to all privatized prisons and jails, and the swift phasing out of piecemeal privatization of inmate health, food services and other functions;

        an end to all privatized probation services --- Georgia has an almost uniquely corrupt and oppressive regime of fines with loan-shark interest payments collected by private sector probation companies;

        ceasing the incarceration of juveniles for most or all nonviolent offenses and reexamining the “zero-tolerance” policies forced upon many school districts;

        immediate cancellation of all the private contracts enabling well-connected corporations and corrupt politicians to collect exorbitant tolls on the money sent to and phone calls made to inmates and persons in custody;

        the extension of meaningful educational opportunities beyond G.E.D. to people in the state's jails and prisons and its extensive community corrections networks;

Privatisation + knee-jerk mandatory minimum sentences + widespread incarceration for things that shouldn't be considered crimes is a combination I've been viewing with disgust for some years now. I would say, however, that the adverse effects in general fall disproportionately upon the less privileged (by design), and that a disproportionate number of these are non-whites. In particular I've always been appalled by the very notion of privatising prisons--it's simply so wrong on so many levels.

Re:Interesting read (0)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#44148909)

Keep 'em from votin'. Then we can maintain the illusion of a self-governing republic.

That's the Matrix that keeps 'em all in the harness, and accepting the bit. [youtube.com]

We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44148555)

Liberty won't be achieved until everyone is a prisoner, at which point, no one is a prisoner.

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#44150661)

Eh, what? Looks to me like they're trying to get rid of some laws. To be more specific, laws that enshrine privilege. Which is something to which I thought you were opposed...?

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44161253)

Exactly. We've got to continue the process of criminalizing liberty. We've got to destroy liberty to save it. [Working on my Progressive qualifications here. How am I doing?]

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#44171697)

Absolutely! Liberty is hedonism! [You're doing great.]

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#44171845)

And some prick had the poor manners to mod me down, in my own Journal thread.

That, my friends, is trash.

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44172133)

Kids.
Get off his VIRTUAL LAWN!

Re:We've just got to pass MOAR LAWS (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44172145)

That's right. Unless you've worked your way though half the animal kingdom, you're merely wallowing in narrow-minded tradition! [Gaining enthusiasm]
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