What Are Your Chances of Going to Prison?

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:20 pm

If you follow Brave New Films you already know that the United States locks up more people than any other country on Earth. And you know that the 40-year-old War on Drugs has done nothing to decrease drug addiction.

But did you know your race determines your chances of going to prison? That the incarceration of women is on the rise? Or that there’s a pipeline that sucks kids in from school and deposits them behind bars at alarming rates?

 

Late Night: We’re Exceptional, All Right

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm

So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.

Trey Radel Will Take Leave of Absence After Cocaine Plea

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am

Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”

Prisons Full of Innocents

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 5:03 pm

There are probably more innocent men and women in prison in the United States now than there were people in prison here total — innocent and guilty — 30 years ago, or than there are total people in prison (proportionately or as an absolute number) in most nations on earth.

I don’t mean that people are locked up for actions that shouldn’t be considered crimes, although they are. I don’t mean that people are policed and indicted and prosecuted by a racist system that makes some people far more likely to end up in prison than other people guilty of the same actions, although that is true, just as it’s also true that the justice system works better for the wealthy than for the poor. I am referring rather to men (it’s mostly men) who have been wrongly convicted of crimes they simply did not commit. I’m not even counting Guantanamo or Bagram or immigrants’ prisons. I’m talking about the prisons just up the road, full of people from just down the road.

The Smoke and Mirrors of the Legalization Debate

By: Friday April 27, 2012 5:05 pm

Don’t get it twisted, the legalization battle is not about subculture. It is about Big Pharma’s market protection and providing a labor pool for the Prison-Industrial-Complex.

Some of the Worst Abuse Ever Seen in a Private Prison

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 12:45 pm

Following on the announcement of the removal of all juvenile prisoners in Mississippi from private prisons, the Department of Justice has just released a report of its findings in investigating the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by the GEO Group. Walnut Grove was the target of the lawsuit that resulted in the prohibition on sending juveniles to private prisons, and it turns out the state was more than justified in ordering such a removal.

Government Still Trying to Force Private Prisons in Florida

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 6:45 am

Florida’s politicians really just can’t take a hint. After they failed to force widespread privatization on the state’s prison system, against the wishes of the director of their DOC (but at the behest of companies that spent a million dollars lobbying the legislature), the asshats in the state legislature are back at it, this time with a vengeance. Even the fact that the GEO Group is under FBI investigation over a deal that brought a private prison to the state, and the state’s Circuit Court ruling the initial push unconstitutional, have failed to slow down the push to privatize.

Florida’s Politicians (But Not Its Residents) Love Private Prisons

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 10:45 am

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz represents Southwest Ranches, Florida, which has been at the epicenter of a debate over a proposed immigration detention facility. Residents of the town have consistently demonstrated their opposition to the facility, which they feel was designed and planned without much public knowledge of the proceedings.

3 Escapes and 2 Murders Don’t Warrant Improving Security

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 4:50 pm

A recent report by the Arizona Republic, which reviewed audits, correspondence, and interviews from the Department of Corrections reveals that many of the security lapses that led to the escape of 3 murderers from the MTC facility in Kingman last year have not been resolved.

We Should Never Privatize Public Safety

By: Sunday May 22, 2011 12:30 pm

Florida’s legislature just passed a budget that will privatize the correctional services of 18 counties, basically 20% of its prison population. Though the decision has been criticized by both side of the aisle (the quote I used for the title comes from a Republican legislator, Mike Fasano), and despite the fact that private prisons in Florida, as elsewhere, have a long history of abuse and failure to perform up to contract, the deal went through.

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