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Fail Deslongchamps (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

harbl bait

bamcquern, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Or she might yawn and be all btdt

bamcquern, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link


Secrets will not Block Justice (harbl), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 20:50 (thirteen years ago) link

harbl i have srs qs about this stuff & want to learn more should i just read the book mentioned in the article or do u have some pro tips or

timbo slice (D-40), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:44 (thirteen years ago) link

i read the book, seemed like a pretty good intro and prob has more stuff recommended in bibliography
there is this book i read 6 years ago called "prison nation: the warehousing of america's poor" that iirc was good, it was like an anthology so you could pick and choose anyway. should be in library though i can't see the paperback on amazon anymore.

Secrets will not Block Justice (harbl), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:53 (thirteen years ago) link


FUN FUN FUN FUN (gbx), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link

gbx you started this thread before and i gave you books to read but i don't know where it is, please find it

Secrets will not Block Justice (harbl), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:57 (thirteen years ago) link - paperback is $33. Hardback is nuts - must be used as a textbook or something?

boots get knocked from here to czechoslovakier (milo z), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:02 (thirteen years ago) link

thread of prison and the american justice system

buzza, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:11 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i don't know why it's $33, could be because there's a lot of reprints from journals/magazines. i got it from public library.

Secrets will not Block Justice (harbl), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:15 (thirteen years ago) link

is harbl a warden

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 31 March 2011 06:38 (thirteen years ago) link

ny book review has put up at least a couple pretty informative (for me, a fairly uninformed person in this field or whatever) articles about prison rape this year, probably all still free through their website

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:05 (thirteen years ago) link

x-post - no, she's a lawyer

I'm going to get the books H recommended. This is really interesting to me because of the kids I worked with last year. All of the males had either been in prison before or talked about it as if it was nbd and almost inevitable that they'd wind up there at some point.

ENBB, Thursday, 31 March 2011 10:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Which, in many cases, is probably was.

ENBB, Thursday, 31 March 2011 10:51 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

flopson, Monday, 4 June 2012 18:50 (eleven years ago) link

is harbl a warden

― ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:38 AM

shit_ebooks (am0n), Monday, 4 June 2012 19:38 (eleven years ago) link

i'm a game warden

kneel aurmstrong (harbl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

By 1983, Beasley was convinced that the application of a few simple business practices could transform the corrections system from an inefficient bureaucracy into a profitable enterprise. He recruited his former West Point roommate, Doctor ("Doc") Crants, as well as Terrell Don Hutto to help bring the concept into being. The troika's talents and experience melded excellently. Beasley had vital political connections. Crants brought an M.B.A. and a law degree, both earned at Harvard, to the table. Hutto possessed sterling corrections credentials, having not only directed two state prison systems, but also served as president of the American Correctional Association.

The threesome presented their prison privatization concept to Massey Burch Investment Group, a venture capital firm, on February 14, 1983. The investment company (which had also backed Kentucky Fried Chicken and Hospital Corp. of America) floated the partners $500,000 after a mere 15-minute presentation. The founders and their financial sponsors envisioned a "market" ripe for growth: though the crime rate had actually been declining, the U.S. inmate population doubled from 1975 to 1984 and tough new sentencing laws promised ever-greater volume. "We're on the ground floor of a multibillion-dollar industry," Beasley gushed to Financial World in 1985.

dis civilization and its contents (nakhchivan), Friday, 22 June 2012 07:54 (eleven years ago) link

Any recommended reading about CCA?

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Friday, 22 June 2012 13:29 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Mordy , Wednesday, 25 September 2013 23:35 (ten years ago) link

Johnny asked for a photo of a very specific Jennifer Lopez music video—the one with her ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck on a boat, with her butt showing

feel like this is only one step away from asking for a skyrim screenshot

ogmor, Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:02 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

In October, when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new contract with Corrections Corporation of America, a Nashville-based private prison behemoth, to open a prison in the desert 100 miles north of Los Angeles, onlookers might’ve wondered if he’d been following the news.
The same could be asked of Wall Street in general. Over the last five years, CCA’s stock price has increased by more than 200 percent and earlier this month Jim Cramer’s investment website The Street praised the company’s “strengths” on Wall Street, enthusiastically rating its stock a “buy.”
As inmate populations have soared over the last 30 years, private prisons have emerged as an appealing solution to cash-starved states. Privately run prisons are cheaper and can be set up much faster than those run by the government. Nearly a tenth of all U.S. prisoners are housed in private prisons, as are almost two-thirds of immigrants in detention centers—and the companies that run them have cashed in. CCA, the oldest and largest modern private prison company, took over its first facility in 1983. Now it’s a Wall Street darling with a market cap of nearly $3.8 billion. Similarly, GEO Group, the second largest private-prison operator, last week reported $1.52 billion in revenue for 2013, its most ever and more than a hundredfold increase since the company went public ten years ago.
But while privatizing prisons may appear at first glance like yet another example of how the free market beats the public sector, one need only look at CCA’s record in Idaho—which recently cancelled its contract with CCA—to wonder whether outsourcing this particular government function is such a good idea.

No, not a good idea.

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:56 (ten years ago) link

suede denim privatized secret police

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:12 (ten years ago) link

So gross!!

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:40 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

So gross!!

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cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:15 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

A tough cell: US to defend solitary confinement use before UN

On Nov. 12 and 13, the practice of holding incarcerated people in prolonged isolation will come under international scrutiny when the U.S. government goes before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, part of a periodic review to assess the country’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture and the first U.S. review under Barack Obama’s administration.

This year the 10-person U.N. committee has repeated its concerns about imposing prolonged isolation on prisoners. In a list of issues to be addressed with the U.S. — including the use of secret detention facilities, Guantánamo Bay and the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” — the committee has asked the government to “describe steps taken to improve the extremely harsh regime imposed on detainees in ‘Supermax security prisons,’ in particular the practice of prolonged isolation.”

Walter MIDI (Crabbits), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 16:47 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...


computer champion (harbl), Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:23 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

yeah I bumped another thread but this seems like the better thread in which to discuss. Good news. Hope states follow suit.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 18 August 2016 17:33 (seven years ago) link

how's life, Thursday, 18 August 2016 19:24 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

didn't know where else to post this

F♯ A♯ (∞), Friday, 3 March 2017 22:01 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

this is of course an idea that seems like generations away from being seriously considered in this country, if at all, but it's something worth starting a conversation about

k3vin k., Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:50 (five years ago) link

i agree. there is not enough talk about penalties for violent crimes. people get offended, because there is also not enough knowledge about what a violent crime means. some of them are quite petty ime. some of them are very horrible. they are not all the same.

anyway i clicked that and read it sort of but i was imagining something like a salary cap. like each prosecutor's office must cap the number of years all people are sentenced to in a given time period. what an idea!

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 23:42 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

and on another note, good thread here:

Malcolm Rifkind in @FT, "Private Prisons have been a serious moral mistake". Ends with this "Incarceration should be administered by servants of the state & not by private companies in Britain or elsewhere, regardless of efficiency or cost effectiveness":

— Sanjay G Reddy (@sanjaygreddy) April 17, 2019

Fizzles, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:46 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

“The Special Report notes that the number of people held in solitary confinement in the United States ballooned to an estimated 300,000 people in April, as compared to an estimated 60,000 people held in solitary confinement each day prior to the outbreak.”

— Marking Time (@MarkingTime6) June 15, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 21:09 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Really good piece.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 12 February 2022 17:24 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Is it, as opponents say, an ugly symbol of mass incarceration – or, as planners believe, a sign of a city slowly but surely righting its criminal justice ills?


quality journalism

budo jeru, Monday, 21 August 2023 15:12 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

Corporate America Never Really Quit Forced Labor

There are 800,000 incarcerated workers in the US, and they do roughly $10 billion worth of work a year, more than $2 billion of it for clients outside the prison system, according to a 2022 study by the American Civil Liberties Union and the University of Chicago. (The lawsuit estimates that the state of Alabama makes over $450 million off of prisoners’ labor.) “We wanted to bring an indictment against the entire system,” says one of the plaintiffs, Robert Earl Council, who goes by the moniker Kinetik Justice. That includes the companies they say profit from making inmates build auto parts, haul beer and ring up Big Macs, thanks to a system that ensures people deemed safe enough to work remain incarcerated and working on the cheap.

Prison labor touches almost every corner of American life. Prisoners farm on former slave plantations in Louisiana and upholster high school auditorium furniture in Massachusetts. They produce Russell Stover chocolates in Kansas and handle DMV customer service calls in New York. In 2014 lawyers for Kamala Harris, then California’s attorney general, argued against easing the state’s parole process because it was so dependent on captive firefighters. During the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, prisoners washed hospital laundry, made masks and dug mass graves. These days, they’re also building more prisons.

Utah’s prison labor agency alone has provided goods or services to hundreds of private clients over the past decade, including the Boy Scouts of America, Cold Stone Creamery, the Nature Conservancy, Smithfield Foods and the Sundance Film Festival, according to documents obtained via a public records request. Earlier this year, an Associated Press investigation found prison labor in the supply chains of dozens of prominent companies including Cargill, Coca-Cola, Kroger, Target and Walmart.

(lots of links in the article)

rob, Sunday, 12 May 2024 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

There was an article from a year or so ago that focused on Georgia on these things… it was in the context of the Stop Cop City movement but damn … seriously fucked up

sarahell, Sunday, 12 May 2024 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

And yeah the prison labor fighting the massive wildfires a few years back in California… and what they got in return… there was local outrage about that at the time

sarahell, Sunday, 12 May 2024 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

yeah the CA firefighters thing is definitely one of the starker examples of prison laborers being expendable in the eyes of the state.

I found the more banal stories in this piece about working at KFC or at an otherwise "normal" assembly line alongside non-prisoner workers to be striking and poignant. The guy eating at a diner wondering if the server can tell he's incarcerated...hard to know what to say about that kind of psychological torture

rob, Sunday, 12 May 2024 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

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