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From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
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James Morcan | 7842 comments The term "prison–industrial complex" (PIC) is used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison%...

The synopsis for From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America is a good summary:

In the United States today, one in every 31 adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the "land of the free" become the home of the world's largest prison system? Challenging the belief that America s prison problem originated with the Reagan administration's War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.

Johnson's War on Poverty policies sought to foster equality and economic opportunity. But these initiatives were also rooted in widely shared assumptions about African Americans' role in urban disorder, which prompted Johnson to call for a simultaneous War on Crime. The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act empowered the national government to take a direct role in militarizing local police. Federal anticrime funding soon incentivized social service providers to ally with police departments, courts, and prisons. Under Richard Nixon and his successors, welfare programs fell by the wayside while investment in policing and punishment expanded. Anticipating future crime, policy makers urged states to build new prisons and introduced law enforcement measures into urban schools and public housing, turning neighborhoods into targets of police surveillance.

By the 1980s, crime control and incarceration dominated national responses to poverty and inequality. The initiatives of that decade were less a sharp departure than the full realization of the punitive transformation of urban policy implemented by Republicans and Democrats alike since the 1960s.

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

message 2: by James, Group Founder (last edited Aug 12, 2016 03:07PM) (new)

James Morcan | 7842 comments What is the Prison Industrial Complex? http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjus...

"Prison Industrial Complex" (PIC) is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to what are, in actuality, economic, social, and political "problems."

message 3: by Lance, Group Founder (last edited Aug 19, 2016 06:55PM) (new)

Lance Morcan | 2009 comments A group poll currently running asks members: What is your opinion of the “Prison Industrial Complex” (i.e. the overlapping interests of the government departments and private companies who both manage the penal system)?


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Lance Morcan | 2009 comments The above poll has now finished.

Here are the results to the question: What is your opinion of the “Prison Industrial Complex” (i.e. the overlapping interests of the government departments and private companies who both manage the penal system)?

64.3% voted It’s a major problem our society needs to rectify

18.3% voted The Prison Industrial Complex needs to be monitored but is not a major political issue compared to other problems

14.8% voted Not sure

2.6% voted The privatization of prisons is the best way to manage criminals

Check out the lively discussion that occurred during the poll:

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Feliks (Dzerzhinsky) I hate to have to say this--and I never thought I would ever come to say something like this--but frankly, I don't think there are any Americans left who even give a damn anymore. When I walk through the streets of New York, just about everyone on two legs is 100% wrapped up in the dreamworld of their digital devices. They're inside fuzzy, wraparound cocoons. 24/7. It is horrifying.

Anything like 'prison' or 'accidents' or 'mishaps' simply ...'happens to other people'. "Nothing happens to me, as long as I'm gazing at my device". Nothing interrupts "my browsing".

That's the mindset. They do not care what happens to anyone else on earth. Just don't separate them from their toy. During a typical day, they gaze more at their email or their music playlist, than they do at their loved ones.

I mentioned in another forum how I think this country should simply morph into a totalitarian dictatorship at this point. It really ought to. This nation should simply give up all pretense at democracy and just slip into oligarchy.

No one is even paying attention, no one is voting, no one has any education. Everyone is watching advertisements and banners. You can put anyone into a trance just by promising them a free downloadable movie.

So let's just go all the way. If nothing shakes up these sheeple, hit them with a police state and see what they do then.

message 7: by Lance, Group Founder (new)

Lance Morcan | 2009 comments Who’s Getting Rich off the Prison-Industrial Complex? https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/mv...
Many of America's prisons are run by for-profit corporations, so clearly some people are making lots and lots of money off the booming business of keeping human beings in cages. But who are these people?

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Dan's Obsessions | 2 comments Feliks wrote: ", hit them with a police state and see what they do then. . Always a pleasure to see ya inhabiting a thread, in any topic...
It's been quite sometime actually, anyways, I'll come u with a plausible reply later at 🌃

message 9: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) I have a friend who worked at a women's prison. The justice system feeds inmates to the prisons to keep the beds full and keep the for-profit corporation solvent. The inmates he worked with were predominantly poor, lacking the funds for good legal representation. He told the inmates that and was reprimanded. He also told me that there was rampant discrimination against white inmates by the predominantly black employees. Every two years, the contract was up for grabs and a new company could take over and change policy and programs. His program, teaching a successful CDL class, was cancelled by the new administration. This sounds like a piss poor way to run anything.

message 10: by James, Group Founder (last edited Feb 28, 2018 05:29PM) (new)

James Morcan | 7842 comments Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

In a series of newly commissioned essays from the leading scholars and advocates in criminal justice, Invisible Punishment explores, for the first time, the far-reaching consequences of our current criminal justice policies. Adopted as part of "get tough on crime" attitudes that prevailed in the 1980s and '90s, a range of strategies, from "three strikes" and "a war on drugs," to mandatory sentencing and prison privatization, have resulted in the mass incarceration of American citizens, and have had enormous effects not just on wrong-doers, but on their families and the communities they come from. This book looks at the consequences of these policies twenty years later.

Invisible Punishment The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment by Meda Chesney-Lind

message 12: by James, Group Founder (last edited Apr 16, 2018 12:19AM) (new)

James Morcan | 7842 comments The following excerpts are from Defeated Demons: Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society by Thomas Sheridan, which I am currently reading

"...the United States Corporation has locked up more people than any other nation on earth – a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the US. Looking at it another way, the US has 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people. Why is this happening? Are Americans really that naughty? Not particularly, it’s just business. In fact, it’s the perfect partnership of government and corporate interests merged into a single, elegant and completely unified psychopathic agenda."

"What exactly does this workforce produce? 93% of all domestic paint sold to Americans is manufactured by American prison labour, as well as 36% of home appliances, 21% of all office furniture and – this may be my favourite – 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts and bullet-proof vests. And yet…the United States prohibits the importation of any goods made through forced labour in foreign countries. So, there you have it; ninety-seven percent of federal inmates in the United States have been convicted of nonviolent crimes and federal prison is where they are going to stay, because once you have a cheap, reliable, relatively non-aggressive employee you may as well hang on to him for the rest of his life."

Sheridan, Thomas. Defeated Demons: Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society . Velluminous Press. Kindle Edition.

Defeated Demons Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society by Thomas Sheridan

message 13: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 7842 comments What is PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX? What does PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX mean? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juT_j...

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