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How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the forms of slavery and exploitation that thrive in today’s U.S. prison system with Eddie Conway (at right), a former leader of the Black Panthers who was imprisoned for over 40 years.

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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE

Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them

A new report from the U.S. Department of Justice found that in the vast majority of cases of sexual abuse in prison, it was female staff members who were targeting and exploiting the male teens in their custody.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Pussy Rioter Moved to Solitary Confinement

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot jailed for performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral this year, has been transferred to a solitary cell at Berezniki penal colony, apparently at her own request.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE

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Alexander Cockburn’s Amerika

Two percent of the U.S. adult population in lockup; 600,000 “stop-and-frisks” in New York City; three-quarters of a million people booked as official sex offenders. Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn thinks it’s time we revisit the notion of “fascism.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

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Locking Down an American Workforce

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE

Incarceration—It’s Catching

Is the massive surge of imprisonment a contagious disease? Does the answer lie in the structure of our democracy? Two new books suggest so.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE

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Criminal Justice: ‘Normalizing’ Exploitation

After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE

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