I am reblogging an article I read at Prison Watch UK . Reading this makes me want to cry. Reading about what happens to people who are locked up in inhumane conditions where they feel the only way out is to commit suicide? Prisoner mental health issues is at a dangerous level. I know how bad it is Jamie and I know he won’t be released from it – again – for at least a year. I knew it was bad in the UK, too, but I hadn’t read many articles about it. I completed changed the post I was going to write in order to put this out. But if there is any doubt whether our justice system is racist, here are the numbers. This is England and Wales crime statistics. This is for the years 2009/10. Yes, it is a few years old, but these numbers and our numbers are evidence of what has happened since the prison industrial complex decided to use the world’s minorities as a means to increase their own greed and it needs to be stopped.
These stats are all for England and Wales.
Crime age 10 and older – white 88.6% black 2.7%
Stops and searches under Police and Criminal Evidence Act –
white 67.2% black 14.6%
Arrests 2009/10 – white 79.6% black. 8%
Prison population ( including foreign nationals) white 72% black 13.7%
Sadly our prison industrial complex has spread to other countries as we have taught them how they, too, can make a fortune from their prisons. In the last 20 years their prison population has doubled and they have the same problems we have with the cost, elderly inmates and medical care.
The US has 5% of the world’s population, yet 25% of the world’s prisoners with 6x more blacks locked up than whites. As I researched, I’m reading that England is also very racist. Hmmm I wasn’t aware of how bad it is.
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Descriptions of the system from the inside
Credit: Prison Reform Trust
We did a post a couple of weeks ago about the solitary confinement of prisoners in Britain. We wrote about the damage to both their physical and mental health caused by long periods in segregation units and Close Supervision Centres (CSC).
But now prisoners and staff tell the story in their own words.
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