Needless to say, Kiriakou hasn’t spent time in a Russian prison. I’m sure he hasn’t. More Americans are incarcerated than anywhere on the planet, but not Trump. So Griner is his opportunity to rail against the American Industrial Prison System. Using Griner as his lead-in doesn’t shine a bright light on the differences between State and Privately controlled prisons. Capitalism vs State Controlled in a Democracy vs an Authoritarian regime produces significantly different results.
Greiner is in a Russian prison primarily for political reasons and not criminal. Her misfortune today is she’s American and not Russian. If Russian she would have been handed down a lesser sentence and walked away with a fine. We can only assume the prison admin isn’t about to look on her with any sympathy given they support Putin’s politics.
Maybe Kiriakou would have been better comparing Finland’s prison system with the American in order to drive home his point of difference.
These breathless admonitions are nothing more than a bad joke. Have none of these journalists and writers ever been inside an American prison? They wouldn’t have far to look to see that the U.S. prison system gains nothing by casting aspersions on the Russian system or pretty much any other.
Source: JOHN KIRIAKOU: American Gulag
The Intercept mapped climate risks for 6,500 detention facilities. In some already miserable places, the suffering is set to intensify.
Source: Climate and Punishment
Given the numbers that this entails Slavery remains a fact in America.
Often pulled out of Black and Latino hubs, incarcerated people bolster white rural districts — but remain banned from casting ballots.
Source: Prison Gerrymandering Draws Districts Around People Who Can’t Vote
It’s just step 1. Will rehabilitation or Punishment be the priority? Will economic concerns and costs determine the the means making goals secondary. ?( ODT)
Queensland will end its experiment with privately run jails after a scathing report found it was hard to know what was really going on inside them.
The government will retake control of the state’s two privately run prisons, costing taxpayers an extra $111m over four years.
via Queensland to end private jails experiment after scathing report | Australia news | The Guardian
Inmates in as many as 40 prisons in 24 states are refusing to go to work to protest what many believe is “modern-day slavery” and calling for reforms in the US prison system.
Source: Inmates launch massive nationwide strike to protest ‘modern slavery’ in US prison system | The Independent
Those who have looked closely at the issue in the US have a warning for Australia. Max Chalmers reports. When Vincent Schiraldi took charge of Washington D.C.’s juvenile corrections program he saw up close a system in which abuse was not merely enabled but embedded. Schiraldi is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, turningMore
Source: ‘They Need To Destroy It’: US Experts On Don Dale And Youth Detention – New Matilda
TeleSur | – – U.S. state and local spending on prisons and jails grew at three times the rate of …
Source: White House Admits Prison spending has grown 3x as fast as Education for Decades | Informed Comment
The Netherlands has so many empty prisons that many of them are now being used to house refugees or store prisoners for Norway and Belgium.
Source: The Netherlands Has a Unique Problem — Empty Prisons
Contracting out the punishment of criminals to private companies creates conflict with the way the state is supposed to be responsible for upholding criminal justice
Source: Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian
Where Claudio Fagardo-Saucedo grew up, on the colonial streets of the Mexican city of Durango, migrating to the United States was almost a rite of passage. It was following the stream of departures from Durango in the 1980s that the lanky young man left his family and traveled north.
Source: ‘This Man Will Almost Certainly Die’ | The Nation
The CAPTURED project asked prisoners from around the country to paint pictures of people they think should be in jail, but aren’t. The crimes named and the art the inmates made of their faces are astounding.
Source: Prisoners Draw Portraits of Criminal CEOs Who Should Be There Instead (IMAGES)
Bruce Jackson spent 15 years documenting life on the inside and the outside.
Source: Doing Time on a Southern Prison Farm | Mother Jones
Despite the fact that various social, political, and human rights organizations have condemned the United States’ prison system, it remains one of the biggest businesses in existence today. Did you know that America has four percent of the world’s population, yet still carries approximately twenty five percent of the world’s prison population? That is a staggering […]
Source: The Massive Prison Industry In The United States: Big Business & Slavery | Collective-Evolution
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has accused Biloxi Mississippi of illegally targeting the poor for arrest and jail without representation by legal counsel. Three plaintiffs in the suit had been arrested and jailed because a warrant had charged “them with failure to pay …
Source: Mississippi Debtor’s Prison That Jails Poor Gets Sued By The ACLU AnonHQ