Everyone knows it. Some people are trying to fix it. Too many people are tied to the money made from incarcerating as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they have done. If the system is fixed in one place, new crimes are being created to take their place.
Up until now the focus has always been on the big, bad, dangerous, inferior black man. The media, especially FOX News, has put forth enough garbage to make you believe whatever the conservative politicians want you to believe by twisting propaganda. Many people watch this entertainment licensed station religiously like a junkie needing his fix of heroin. It has been determined that it isn’t against the law to lie to the people under the guise of truth. Understand these words. News doesn’t have to be true. If you are stupid enough to believe what what is said or printed, that is your own fault.
When a lie is told often enough, with a concerned straight face, that lie is then believed as religiously as we believe other so-called truths. Are you a person who has fallen into this trap, not wanting to know actual truth because it isn’t as important as knowing perceived truth if it sings to the choir in your head that wants it to be truth?
The rise of women being locked up is higher than men, and yes, more black women than any others, growing by 730% since 1980. The prison population has decreased by 3% but the rise of women has increased by the same amount. Women are more likely to be locked up for a non violent crime than men. If they are anywhere near where drugs are sold, being the wife or girlfriend, they are automatically given the same sentence regardless if they had anything to do with it. Now that is true of all crime. Loan your car to a friend and he commits a crime and someone dies, you will receive the same sentence, even if you had no idea what he was going to do because you can’t prove you didn’t know.
So many of these women are mothers. So many are already single mothers. What happens to their children? Even if they have a family member to raise their children they are often too far away to see them. The mother child bond is often lost. There is another law in place as well. If a mother is incarcerated more than 22 months child protective services, CPS has the right to force them to give up their parental rights – permanently – and gets a huge check for each and every child the adopt out. But women don’t get sentences of 22 months. The average is 4 – 10 plus.
To make matters worse, 71% of all prison inmates come from foster care. So are they setting up a permanent revolving door of inmates to appease the bottom line of the wealthy prison corporations like the newly renamed CoreCivic (CCA) or the GEO Group, and medical corporations like Corizon? Add to that the Guards Unions, fighting for more prisons for jobs, not caring if their jobs are making them money off the backs of real people.
Obviously, there are people who need to be taken off the street, but you’d have to be living with your head in the sand to not know how many people are given sentences not equal to the crime, are who are innocent. All of the predominantly black men who are aquifer each year because they finally got the help they needed to free them should tell you that. Our judicial system preys on people who can’t afford an attorney and forces them into plea deals. 3% of those arrested have there day in court, except to plead guilty because they were threatened with a longer sentence if they didn’t.
With new laws creating new crimes who is truly free. Think about this. College students participating in a sit down, nonviolent “crime” protesting the inauguration of an inept president are later arrested because of a picture taken – no one said to move or you shouldn’t be here, and forced to take a guilty plea deal that requires doing time in prison with a felony record for the rest of their lives, ruining their education, their life and their acquired non ability to vote again. Or they could opt to go to court. Their parents could pay high attorney fees or mortgage their house – and maybe lose because they committed the crime of using their freedom of speech – knowing they will lose a major portion of their adult life. What exactly was the reason for destroying these lives who thought they lived in America – Home of The Brave and Land of the Free. She was brave. She stood up for her beliefs. Now she must be punished.
Which communist country does this sound like? The one who is best friends with our new president? And why is this now a crime? BECAUSE WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CAN’T STAND NOT BELIEVING HE HAD THE LARGEST CROWD EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ALL PRESIDENTS AND HE CAN’T STAND BEING PROTESTED AGAINST. SO LIKE THE BULLY HE IS, HE HAS THE RIGHT TO PASS A LAW TO DESTROY THE LIVES OF THESE PEOPLE. The prison corporations will cheer because it will help full beds in a prison. Oh happy day for the United States of America. I am ashamed our country has allowed this.
There is a new law that should scare you. Starting now, in Missouri, if boys fight on school property, as boys, having immature minds have done for as long as there have been schools, they can now be prosecuted and locked up. THERE IS A 4 YEAR YEAR PRISON TERM FOR THESE SCHOOL CHILDREN. Which state well be next?
All parents should be scared. Your son might not be a bully but there are plenty of others who are. Everyone has read about bullying. Now we have the added dimension of some parents teaching their children to hate other races. Those who falsely think white people are superior. Hate crimes have been rising. The white boy has a higher likelihood of affording an attorney to keep their son out of trouble. Does the minority child have that same advantage?
Read this. It should shock you. The sheer numbers of Black and Hispanic youths incarcerated in the late 90’s are men now. Where do you think they are now? Take a guess. Since their percentage of the population was so small compared to white youths who committed the same crimes and were not punished, is the racism of our government and courts ever in question? Have they been hell bent on destroying the lives of minorities so white people can continue to insist on their false sense of superiority?
As drug laws for marijuana decrease and less people can lose their lives for it, more laws for other crimes need to be passed to keep the quota rising. Look at all of the new jobs created for worthy Americans to build and maintain these prisons. What makes it greater still – you don’t need a college education for the menial job of being a prison guard, and you get to wear a uniform that allows you to abuse people to make up for the fact that most of them couldn’t get any other job. Like the police, they don’t want “A” students. They have a higher consciousness of right and wrong and can less easily be swayed be reacting emotionally, what is known as “kick the dog syndrome”. In most states the only requirement to be a cop is a GED. Yes, some who advance get degrees. These are not the ones pulling you over to do a”stop and seizure” of any asset you have on you, or shooting you through the window because they are scared of black skin.
America, at the top of the list of all countries, has created a class of people the government has decided is good for only one thing – to be fodder for creating wealth for people they feel are more deserving. They do this while equally pushing forth the belief we are a Christian nation. You can read it every day on social media where people are sending “prayers up”, “prayers for you” and asking “Can I get an amen for that?” It is used so often it’s worthless. What I haven’t seen is one “prayers for all the children who lives have been damaged” because of our legal system, because they aren’t white. Because they can’t defend themselves from the old white men who think they have God-given powers to destroy those they think are less fortunate.
Where do you stand on these issues? Do you look the other way?
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