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Exponential Growth Of American Incarceration, In Three Graphs
BY NICOLE FLATOW MAY 29, 2014 AT 12:36 PM UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014
AT 1:59 PM
Inmates sit in crowded conditions
at California State Prison, Los Angeles.
CREDIT: AP Photo/California Department of Corrections
The Prison Policy Initiative released a deluge of data Wednesday
on United States prison population rates. The main take-away of
the data is nothing new: The U.S. prison population is the
highest in the world, and has grown exponentially since the
1970s, tracking the rise of the so-called War on Drugs.
But for all the talk these past few months about the federal
prison population — and the concerns there are urgent — these
charts call out the major perpetrators of the prison explosion:
the states, where incarceration rates have increased more than
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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness .
Professor Michelle Alexander discusses the systematic
incarceration of African American males and how it authorizes
discrimination after their release. This program was recorded by
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV). To purchase a DVD,
contact CAN TV's Community Partners at (312) 738-1400 or at
Davis discusses Prison Industrial Complex
The U.S. has more people in jail than any other country. The
General Accounting Office says the number of inmates has tripled
since 1980. In this program, recorded in Colorado Springs,
Angela Davis discusses how race, class and gender issues
intersect with the drug war and the fast-growing prison
Present Day-Four Eras of Slavery, for the Benefit of
The 13th Amendment bans slavery
"except as punishment for crime." The 14th Amendment bans debt
servitude. But each inmate in a modern-day private prison,
according to Chris Hedges, "can generate corporate revenues of
$30,000 to $40,000 a year." Prisoners accused of minor drug
crimes have replaced the vagrants. And private probation
companies are keeping them in debt. The system seems little
different from the corrupt local governments in the deep South a
The Corrections Corporation of America and G4S are two of the
prison privatizers who sell inmate labor to corporations like
Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM. Nearly a million
prisoners work in factories and call centers for as little as 93
cents an hour.
More corporate profits come from the probation business, which,
in direct opposition to the 14th Amendment, keeps people in
prison for being too poor to pay their court costs and probation
fees. It's called 'peonage,' or debt slavery.
Examples are more than disturbing. In Louisiana, Gregory White,
a homeless man, was arrested for stealing $39 worth of food and
ended up spending 198 days in jail because he was unable to pay
his fines. In Ohio, Howard Webb, who makes $7 an hour as a
dishwasher, accumulated almost $3,000 in court costs and
probation fees. In Georgia, Thomas Barrett stole a can of beer
from a convenience store, was fined $200, and before long owed
his probation company $1000, more than a month's pay.
Alton Maddox - The Prison Industrial Complex
Texas Governor Rick Perry won’t protect
inmates. The next governor must.
Right now, you can help end sexual abuse
in Texas prisons.
Texas has some of the country’s most
dangerous prisons. Mark was an inmate at
one of its worst: the Clements Unit.
During his time at the prison, he
witnessed many acts of sexual violence.
In a letter to JDI, he wrote,
"You would be shocked at the things they
do to inmates in here."
Sadly, Mark has been a target of sexual
abuse himself, and his attacker was a
prison official. He tried to file a
report, but other staff — friends of the
perpetrator — threatened him. Mark’s
abuser was above the law, and he knew
it. He taunted Mark, telling him, “You
will die in prison as a girl. How do you
feel about that?”
Mark’s ordeal could have been prevented.
So, too, can future assaults — even at a
prison like Clements. By complying with
the PREA standards — simple, basic
measures to end prisoner rape — Texas
can make all of its prisons safer and
dramatically reduce sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, Governor Perry doesn't
agree. Last month, he said Texas would
reject the PREA standards.
Sign our letter to the candidates to
become the next Governor of Texas,
urging them to support the PREA
standards and stop the rampant sexual
abuse of inmates.
Despite the threats and intimidation of
prison staff, Mark is committed to
sharing his story and helping to protect
other inmates from sexual abuse. As he
put it, “I will keep fighting until I
have no more breath in me.”
Will you join Mark in demanding an end
to prisoner rape in Texas? The
state’s next governor has the power to
make sure countless people like Mark are
spared the devastation of sexual abuse —
but the candidates need to hear from us
now, so they don’t abandon inmates as
Governor Perry has done.
If you've already taken action to end
Texas’s human right crisis, thank you! Now,
please take a moment to ask your friends
do so as well.
Together, we can make sure that every
Texan is safe from sexual abuse!
P.S. Mark has asked us to share his
story, but we've changed his name for
Sadly, retaliation is common in Texas
prisons — further underscoring the need
for PREA standards, which explicitly
address this problem.
Unseen, Uncounted, Uninsured, and Uncounted Hepatitis C Infected
Ex-Offenders Creates a Public Health Crisis in America
million women are at risk physical and health care risk because
their partner(s) have a history of incarceration. .
Within the first 72 hours of
release many ex-offender will use injectable drugs
Within 6 days ex-offenders
will have unprotected sex with 1-3 partners
An average of 30% of
ex-offenders will infect their primary sexual partner(s)
with HV and/or HCV
In California 850,000
children under the age of 14 have at least one parent in the
Uncounted, and Unplanned population has the potential to tip our
fragile health care system to an unstable and barely thriving
entity as the annual cost to care for HCV patients is increasing
25% - 35% annually. For patients who are uninsured or lack
adequate medical insurance; or fear of losing their job when
they seek medical care. They may delay seeking medical care when
thee individuals health has declined to such an extent that whey
they finally receive medical assistance, it will be costly,
complex, and the expected length of stays may be extended.
Discharges will be difficult because so many organ systems have
declined over time because of a preventable illness.
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