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Correctional System in the United States of American

 BYP100 is launching it's long-term campaign to end the criminalization of Black youth. Are you young Black person who's been criminalized by the police? Submit a 1-3 minute video using #CriminalizedLives to us about how you've been criminalized by police to: byp100videos[at]gmail.com.


 The 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 fourfold:  To Read More, click here


 The 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 communitypartners@cantv.org





 Angela 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 industry.






 The Present Day-Four Eras of Slavery, for the Benefit of Corporations

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 century ago.

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.


 Attorney 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. That’s unacceptable. 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!


Lovisa Stannow
Executive Director

P.S. Mark has asked us to share his story, but we've changed his name for his protection. 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

Annually, 6.5 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 correctional system

The Unseen, 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.  To Read more, click here.








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