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  •  Tipped and Rec'd for accurate research and (3+ / 0-)
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    presentation.  Over a decade of research I've put into this I have concluded that this mass incarceration is politically driven on behalf of the corporations involved in profiting from incarceration.

    As many of my diaries state, the involvement of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in everything prison since the mid 1980's has helped drive the escalation of imprisonment.  On behalf of CCA and Geo Group (the latter now having withdrawn membership to ALEC) they fought for more and more privatization legislation in states and at the federal level.  They helped write the criminal justice laws used to incarcerate a higher percentage of Americans, wrote and promoted the harsh sentencing legislation (Truth in Sentencing, three strikes, etc.) and helped abolish parole - all designed to incarcerate more, hold them longer and profit off of their imprisonment.  Their most recent efforts can be detailed by simply looking at their efforts of imprisoning immigrants.  An article on findings of the U.S. Sentencing Commission found:

    "According to the report, Latinos (both native-born and foreign-born) accounted for half (50 percent) of all individuals sent to federal prison during the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2011."
    We know that CCA and ALEC targeted immigration as the next big step in imprisonment growth in 09-10, writing SB 1070 and passing it in AZ. as a way of accomplishing that.  This article shows have effective their agenda has worked with 50% of all federal prison admissions in 2011.  Of note, CCA and Geo Group hold contracts to house tens of thousands of federal prisoners.  How convenient they helped write the law to imprison so many immigrants - just as they've done to imprison Blacks over the past 30 years.  They specialize in exploiting those with little or not voice due to their sociopolitical standing.

    Legislators who also belong to ALEC were the tools used to introduce and pass these laws over the past 30 years - and are the same ones using the same formula to introduce the anti-labor and voter ID legislation in so many states today.  Prison and prison industries are the "cash cows" of ALEC and the cabal, used by them to amass funds to further their agenda.  Once we manage to eliminate mass incarceration, we will help to defund these efforts.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:24:42 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for more recent data (1+ / 0-)
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      The data I was looking at was mostly 2009 based here, and The Sentencing Project position paper, which was relying on ancient data that mostly predicted a massive influx of mostly Latino immigrants being detained, but did not have any hard data because of when laws were passed versus when they data from.

      "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

      by Kazmarov on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:00:33 PM PDT

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