This has a lot of good information for those who are interested in finding out what is really going on with our prisons. Like anything else we read in the media, they only print what the people in power want us to know, and the truth is often buried. There is no trust and honesty in the media and this year should have shown everyone that. That also includes the prison industrial complex and why we have the prison system we have.
I hear awful things some people say about inmates because they don’t understand, or realize, many of them aren’t guilty, or they have been pushed through the school to prison pipeline, or they have been targeted because they are black or other minorities. I’m not saying that there are not some pretty horrendous people in prison, because there are. But it the percentage – 6 to 1 – black to white that are locked up. It is how the American people have been told over and over that blacks are prone to crime and are less intelligent, that justifies what they did.Or they say blacks do more drugs. But the numbers say otherwise. The truth has been coming out now.
We have learned how the war on drugs was fabricated by the Nixon administration, pushed forward more by Regan, and then Clinton adds three strikes and you’re out – which he says he so regrets now. That is bullshit. This was all done to control who can vote in the years to come. Disenfranchise the black vote, who on average do not vote republican, and it is easier to control the elections. The more blacks they lock up the better it is for them. This fact is now well documented. It is also why the Nixon Admin made marijuana a class one narcotic as dangerous as heroin. The mass demonstrations against the illegal war in Viet Nam were getting in their way. Lock up all the pot smoking hippies.
It sounds silly when you look at the sentence by itself, but when you understand how many lives were ruined over these two things and neither of them has had anything done to alleviate it until THIS year, shows why we have 2 million more prisoners now than before Nixon. Pot is probably the least dangerous drug there is. There has not ever been one overdose and people don’t commit crimes when high. They’d have to stop laughing and eating to plan a crime. Yet still, for decades, the prisons have been jammed with people and the corporations have made a fortune over enslaving people to make their products. And most of you have no clue you buy products made by slaves who don’t get paid.
All of this has to stop, and people are now finally waking up. We have crushed a race of people who haven’t deserved what we have allowed to happen to them, and too many white people still think they deserve more privileges because they are white. This country is imploding from so much selfishness. Take the time and educated yourself. Stop getting your news from places like FOX or you only continue to be ignorant of the truth. Stop following along like sheep, believing what you read. Read all sides of an issue. Educate yourself.
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I have copied part of the press release by Prison Policy Initiative from March 4, 2016. What an eye-opener. It is a must read for anyone who has family or friends incarcerated,or for anyone who pays taxes and wants to know what is happening to their money in terms of effectiveness. We need reform. There are so many people incarcerated who should be treated differently, yet the judicial system continues to incarcerate them. Please go to http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2016.html to view the statistics and pie charts. (Because they are not static, I could not copy them here).
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016
By Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy
March 14, 2016
Wait, does the United States have 1.4 million or more than 2 million people in prison? Are most people in state and federal prisons locked up for drug offenses? Frustrating questions like these abound because our systems of…
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