The spin doctors are hard at work covering up their inhumane treatment and the prison slave labor operation they have going across the nation. In the latest report from MTC, they claim inmates may have rioted to, “force their transfer to other facilities and ultimately influence the location of their deportation”. We’ll give you details on their findings, as well as vet out the legitimacy of their claims.
In a report from Raw Story titled, “Louisiana Man Gets Life In Prison For $20 Worth of Pot”, we learn the story of a man with a history of mental illness, homelessness, drug addiction and random criminal behavior. We’ll go deeper into the lobbying and legislation that was created to force Judges to hand out mandatory minimum life sentences for the “3rd strike” offense, as well as discuss what effect, if any, it has had on lowering crime rates.
Abolition vs. Reform… its the classic argument. We are abolitionists, but we are seeing widespread response to the internationally recognized human rights crisis of mass incarceration result in moves to find “alternatives to incarceration”, as opposed to flat out destroying a system that 1/3 of people locked up in the US are awaiting trial- they have not been convicted of a crime. Another third are locked up because they violated the terms of probation or parole- so their “criminal” act was not a crime, but instead not showing up for a meeting with a parole or probation officer, or failing to keep up restitution payments or money owed in court fees. Plus, we know that up to 97% of federal and state criminal prosecutions are resolved by plea deals, as prosecutors “stack” charges and threaten low level offenders with major league time, unless they accept a deal which guarantees a conviction stat for the prosecutor, but does nothing to ensure justice has been done. Where do you stand? Abolition or reform?
Finally, since its such a fundamental aspect of how this whole mass incarceration/modern day slavery things works in America, we’re going to look at the lobbies and special interest groups who spend the money to influence legislation surrounding prison privatization and linking corporate profits to incarceration. We will show you how law enforcement fights against privatization only when it might cost them their jobs, but when it makes them money, they support the same legislation as privatizers and contractors. At the bottom of it all, they see us and see dollar signs.
Our Unexplainable Black Death profile is Gregory Towns, 24, formerly of East Point, GA.
The Abolitionist of the Day is Sekou Odinga, a former political prisoner, held for over 33 years illegally.