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.
Media organizations would benefit from fresh faces from a variety of backgrounds; protesters want the Gates Foundation to stop giving money to private prisons; meanwhile, a man is serving a life sentence in prison for lending his friend a car and going to bed. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Brave New Films sent us this must-watch primer on the big business (to the tune of $5 billion annually) of immigrant imprisonment. Watch and connect the dots between shady right-wing lobbyists, state legislators and private dungeons.