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swallowed by the world’s indifference. singly defined by the worst thing they’ve ever done. people. – Clint Smith
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from norwegian prisons
compare to u.s.:
Norway Vs U.S. Prison System
recidivism – norway – 20% – us/uk – 50%+
and Taibbi ness.
u.s. 5% of people and 25% of incarcerateds..
land of the free
Presidents have been pardoning fewer and fewer people in recent history, but Obama has set a new record in pardoning just 64 people so far. Both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pardoned more — and so did even the first Bush, despite the fact he was only in office for one term. What’s more, many of Obama’s pardons have been for people who were already released from prison, making them more PR efforts than victories for justice. His record on commutations is better, but not by much.
Contrast those few dozen with the roughly 8,800 people in prison because the change in crack sentencing rules passed in 2010 did not apply retroactively. On simple fairness grounds, it’s extremely easy to argue that such people should have their sentences commuted en masse. Why should people be incarcerated for vastly different durations simply because they committed their crimes in different eras, especially if the crimes were minor drug offenses?
more from u.s…
cruel and all too usual:
what we learned from german prisons
The delegation that we took to Germany represented the emerging national consensus on this issue. It included a Democratic governor; corrections officials from across the political spectrum; chief prosecutors; formerly incarcerated individuals; a liberal scholar of race and criminal justice; and representatives from Right on Crime and the Charles Koch Institute, conservative groups that advocate reform, as well as the evangelical Christian group Prison Fellowship.
The question to ask is whether we can learn something from a country that has learned from its own terrible legacy — the Holocaust — with an impressive commitment to promoting human dignity, especially for those in prison. This principle resonates, though still too dimly at the moment, with bedrock American values.
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norwegian prisons et al
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4 min – prison tied deeply to capitalism.. long been about creating a labor force.. globally… there is a direct link between need for labor and criminalizing of “others” generally ethnic minority. .. and of criminalizing poverty and using that as way to create labor force
there’s got to be a nother way
cameron douglas on drug war failure
Three years ago, Cameron sent a letter to the Huffington Post from behind bars: “Our prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders who are losing much of what is relevant in life. This outdated system pays little, if any, concern to the disease of addiction, and instead punishes it more harshly than many violent crimes. And even more exasperating is that many of the people responsible for this tragedy disregard documented medical research and the reality of our country’s unsustainable prison overpopulation.”
A Shocking Story of How a Chicago Cop Killed a Teen — Then Locked Up His Best Friend for the Murder
felony murder rule… set into motion a chain of events that leads to death of another individual
sept 2016 – largest prison strike in history
The nationwide strike began on September 9, which also happened to be the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. A call to action from those organizing the event read, “This is a call to end slavery. They cannot run these facilities without us.”
Prisoners involved in the strike say that they are fed up with this “modern day slavery” in which the prisons are profiting from their hard work and they are not being paid.
Shadow Proof reported that Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama is where the original organizers of this current prison strike are located. The coordinated strike was reportedly planned using a network of inmates, contraband cell phones, and family and friends to get the word out and spread information throughout multiple prisons in many states.
Michael Franti (@michaelfranti) tweeted at 4:53 AM – 7 Oct 2016 :
I am passionate about ending the death penalty and last night I had the honor of joining… https://t.co/WTlriLDZRd(http://twitter.com/michaelfranti/status/784345944397611008?s=17)
Read this and think about it. Absolutely staggering. pic.twitter.com/tVDZbf7cRN
One Chemist. 40 Fucking thousand prisoners.. Just one.
Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) tweeted at 5:41 AM – 18 Oct 2016 :
‘My sister has been jailed in Egypt for 900 days. When will the U.S. help free her?’ https://t.co/3dq3wVuVG7 by Alaa Hijazi #FreeAya (http://twitter.com/DanielWickham93/status/788344364225404928?s=17)
GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) tweeted at 4:00 PM – 20 Oct 2016 :
Ever heard of the “21 foot rule”? https://t.co/bsfL2qvqCN (http://twitter.com/GQMagazine/status/789224753424891904?s=17)
saydnaya prison – syria
Where and “why”. . .
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/GSlutkin/status/841860790093266945
Simon Henderson (@simjhenderson) tweeted at 12:13 AM – 15 May 2017 :
Aboriginal women 34% of female prison population, but 2% of adult female population #OverrepresentedOverlooked https://t.co/uOZL1RNPAX (http://twitter.com/simjhenderson/status/864000669694312448?s=17)
I thought I understood racism and mass incarceration. But nothing prepared me for what I saw in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
IG: @_MarlonPeterson (@_MarlonPeterson) tweeted at 4:48 AM – 13 Oct 2017 :
Incarcerated women are fighting on the front lines of California’s wildfires for $1 an hour
Last night I arrested a guy for breaching his licence conditions following release from prison. He’d been out two weeks. Street homeless. He cried with relief when we came for him because it’s so cold.
While we waited for a van he chatted with my crewmate, who remembered him as a little boy watching his dad getting arrested. Many, many times. Until he died.
The Cat From Greece (@acatfromgreece) tweeted at 3:37 AM – 24 Feb 2018 :
As they talked I made a mental note to tell custody about the fresh self harm scars on his arms.
Sometimes the bleakness is still enough to take your breath away. (http://twitter.com/acatfromgreece/status/967347837909520384?s=17)
via rt by @ethanz
kade (@onekade) tweeted at 11:32 AM on Tue, Apr 17, 2018:
54% of people in Denver jails have a traumatic brain injury, compared to 8% of people in the general population. Perhaps we should reallocate some funds. https://t.co/igbvacSjdt
The Stream (@AJStream) tweeted at 5:00 AM – 3 Jun 2018 :
Can the US #EndMassIncarceration without addressing its cash bail system? We discuss criminal justice reform on Monday. Tweet us your thoughts. (http://twitter.com/AJStream/status/1003229940337299456?s=17)
Andrew Strong (@gas1883) tweeted at 3:40 AM – 4 Jun 2018 :
Rhona: To support reintegration after prison we need 1) guaranteed secured tenancy 2) universal basic income. It costs less to get it right once than get it wrong 10 or 20 times. #ActionHSC18 (http://twitter.com/gas1883/status/1003572127038132225?s=17)
imagine doing that for 7bn.. sans money.. no prison in the first place
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:39 AM – 7 Jun 2018 :
More than 3,200 people are, like Alice Marie Johnson, serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. “Only sentencing reform is going to fix the problem,” says @JennTurner. “There needs to be industrial-scale clemency.” #DNlive https://t.co/7aWRhCa0rU(http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1004704384939364352?s=17)
Quinn Norton (@quinnnorton) tweeted at 5:27 PM on Thu, Jun 21, 2018:
So guuuyyyys…. as long as you’re suddenly interested in caged children, any chance we can talk about the over 10k incarcerated children in America, and the thousands of children who have been sentenced as adults?
Quinn Norton (@quinnnorton) tweeted at 5:34 PM on Thu, Jun 21, 2018:
Maybe this whole imprisonment and so-called justice system isn’t really working out for us.
Quinn Norton (@quinnnorton) tweeted at 5:34 PM on Thu, Jun 21, 2018:
And here’s an article with more facts:
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:50 AM – 9 Aug 2018 :
“You have the experience, the front-line experience. You’ve placed your life on the line, you’ve protected California, you’ve saved lives and property, but they don’t take into consideration all that experience… And we think that that’s wrong.” – @RomarilynR https://t.co/zSI8928DmC (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1027537510161899520?s=17)
TIME (@TIME) tweeted at 5:45 AM – 22 Aug 2018 :
Here’s why inmates in the U.S. prison system launched a nationwide strike https://t.co/Lzs1gmkgg5 (http://twitter.com/TIME/status/1032232193433784320?s=17)
Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) tweeted at 3:47 PM – 28 Sep 2018 :
The Pennsylvania Department is Corrections is banning prisoners from receiving books.
Instead, they can buy a $149 e-reader, and pay between $2-$29 for e-books of work largely in the public domain. There are no dictionaries available
Chris Hedges: “I’ve taught at some of the most elite universities . . . Princeton. Columbia. NYU. And I have found more brilliance, more passion for the life of the mind, more integrity in those prison classrooms than in any of those elite schools.” https://t.co/TGOk41KWpI
People incarcerated in West Virginia prisons will soon be charged $3 an hour to read books and $15 an hour for video visitation with their families.
Prisoners in West Virginia are paid between 4 and 58 cents an hour for their labor.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/DrRJKavanagh/status/1198293579707375616
Celia Ouellette (@ouellette_celia) tweeted at 4:09 AM – 3 Mar 2020 :
The Zo by @MarshallProj perfectly captures the confusing and constant deliberate disorientation faced by the incarcerated. Amazing work @mollycrabapple and @BKBMG! https://t.co/SZJN4P2HD8 (http://twitter.com/ouellette_celia/status/1234798166983282689?s=17)
2019 article – netherlands closing its prisons – https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2019-05-13/the-netherlands-is-closing-its-prisons
“Why do we punish in the first place?” he asks. “If the goal is to reduce crime, we know that prison often does not deliver that.