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The Prison Industrial Complex

Only the most vile, degenerate and immoral person could feel good about the practice of for profit institutionalized slavery which dominated the southern economy for 300 years. What is even more unacceptable is that people who knew better, presumably Christian people with a conscience did little or nothing while evil was triumphing.

Today, America is witnessing the rebirth of institutionalized slavery within its borders and it is indeed a predominantly racist practice with Latinos and Blacks comprising the bulk of the new slaves. And we are also witnessing racist rates of incarceration within our juvenile justice system. This outrageous practice should be decried by every media outlet in the country, but this problem is all but ignored by the mainstream media (MSM). Why? Because the MSM is making money off of this unholy practice.

A Growing Customer Base

prison rates of incarcerationThere are over two million inmates in American prisons, or one in 743 people.  Communist China, which has five times the population of the United States, has 500,000 less inmates. The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, but has 25% of the world’s prison population.

In 1972, the U.S. had less than 300,000 inmates. By 1990, the incarceration rate had skyrocketed to one million and by today, the rate has more than doubled again. Again, I ask why?  Because there is very big monied interests behind the growth industry of privatized prisons.

According to Charles Campbell, author of  The Intolerable Hulks (2001), the privatization of the prisons movement has its origins in the Revolutionary War period. England began to put undesirables and prisoners in prison ships. The U.S. fully embraced the use of private prisons during the Reconstruction Period (1865-1876) in the south, following the Civil War. Plantation owners and business owners needed “free” replacements to compensate for the loss of their previous slave laborers. In 1868, convict leases were awarded to private business interests in order to bolster their labor workforce and the practice continued until the early 20th century.

Today, this practice has been taken over by private corporate interests who are increasingly taking over our prison system and this unholy practice is no less exploitative than the slave labor abuses of the past and as in all forms of slavery, it is being fueled by profit.

Prison for Profit

prison 1The Corrections Corporation of America is the largest private prison operator in the United States. The CCA procured its first private prison in, ironically, 1984.

Did you know that in many states, privatized prisons are guaranteed 90% occupancy rates by the government?

prison 2According to the California Prison Focus “The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”

The Impetus Behind the Prison Industrial Complex

According to public analysis from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), the largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America is Vanguard Group Incorporated. Vanguard is a major player in controlling several media giants. Vanguard is the third largest holder in Viacom and AOL Time Warner. Vanguard is also the third largest holder in the GEO Group. The GEO group, second only in size to the CCA with regard to privatized prisons as it controls over 100 correctional facilities in the US, UK, Australia and South Africa. In addition to CCA’s unwarranted control over the media, the number-one holder of both Viacom and Time Warner is a company called Blackrock. Blackrock is the second largest holder in CCA, and the sixth largest holder in the GEO Group in this never-ending incestuous relationship.

The conclusion is inescapable. The people who control privatized prisons in the United States are also heavily vested in the media. This is why you don’t hear about the Prison Industrial Complex in the media and the installation of institutionalized slavery in our privatized prisons goes largely unreported in the media.

Vanguard Windsor II Investment Fund owns CCA. However, CCA is a minute part of the Vanguard Windsor II Funds. Vanguard Windsor is also invested in corporate giants like JP Morgan, IBM Pfizer and Conoco. This accounts for the Wall Street backing of privatized prisons and the subsequent lobbying for longer and stricter prison sentences which fuels this growth industry. 

  This makes the privatized prison industry a Wall Street backed growth opportunity.

Increasingly, the victims of this corrupt prison system are the youth of America.  

Need A Job? Go to Prison, They’re Hiring

prison 4The Prison Industrial Complex is an impressive growth industry which is fueled by its Wall Street investors and leads to greatly overcrowded and inhumane prisons.

prison slave laborAccording to the Left Business Observer, the highly privatized federal prison industry produces “100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Thus, we see a partial marriage between private prisons and our government’s wars of occupation. Namely, prison slave labor is being used to produce the weapons and supplies of war.

America has found and antidote to the loss of manufacturing through the various free trade agreements (i.e. NAFTA, CAFTA). Unfortunately, prison slave labor is the solution. The Left Business Observer identifies private corporate interests benefiting from prison slave labor which includes the manufacturing of “93% of all paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture.”  

Go to School and End Up In Prison

There are almost 75,000 juveniles in prison and the rates are skyrocketing because of a phenomenon that is now being referred to as the school to prison pipeline in which schools are increasingly refusing to deal with even minor discipline issues and are placing juveniles in police custody.

In 2010, there were 5,574 school-based arrests of juveniles in the Chicago Public School. The juvenile arrests accounted for about one of every five juvenile arrests in the entire city of Chicago for all of 2010. The incarceration rates for Chicago’s juveniles are in line with most other metropolitan areas in the country. There is also a general trend of disproportionate rates of minority contact within the juvenile justice system, Black youth accounted for 74% of school-based arrests, and 22.5% of youth arrested were Latino. The enrollment of Chicago schools in was 45% Black and 41% Latino. These high arrest rates for so many of our minority youth, create potential slave laborers for the Prison Industrial Complex. Once a child is adjudicated in the justice system, society usually witnesses a straight line right to prison. These precious children are having their futures robbed from them before they can even get started. What are they being arrested for? The number one reason is fighting on school grounds.

As a child, I had fights on school grounds, but nobody tried to send me to prison. The number two reason why children end up in the justice system is for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

As a former mental health counselor, I am all too familiar with the devastation brought on by use of drugs. However, marijuana is not one of these drugs. If legalizing marijuana runs against everything you believe in, how about decriminalizing. In other words, we still make the drug illegal but nobody goes to prison for simple possession.

prison 666The federal authorities, controlled by the corporations will never allow such a common sense, liberalized approach to drug enforcement. The feds even arrest medical marijuana dispensers and users. Why? Because Wall Street wants prisoners to fill its increasingly privatized and for-profit prison system. This is the major reason why America has 25% of the world’s prison population.  

Our minority youth, in the inner cities, are being conditioned by the system that going to prison is part of the life experience. And with extremely high recidivism rates, prison slave labor will never have any shortage of participants. 

The Prison Industrial Complex and their lobbyists are responsible for zero tolerance policies, mandatory sentencing and the three strikes life sentencing that is so prominent in many of our states and unless we identify these abuses and stop them, it is only going to get worse.

These events are culminating to establish was has been dubbed as the School to Prison Pipeline

prison child laborIncreasingly, the youth of America are the main participants and as a result slavery has reared its ugly head in the modern era and it is racist and exploits many of our youth for profit. And that is the topic of Part two of the Prison Industrial Complex.

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  1. brian June 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    When people learn that they are securities and a bond is created EACH time they go to prison, they will get what is happening, this is only touching the surface of the scam. This is why Immigration is rampant, because the PROPERTY as in CITIZENS, creates a security that the banks OWN, that is why you get a birth certificate… this is all laid out here plain as day. USA rests in the constitution, but just about none of them know what it is and means. It was usurped just a few years after it was made by word trickery. This is why almost all of this stuff it LEGAL (not lawful) but LEGAL, because you are owned by the corporation that is USA… PERIOD
    http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/how-it-all-happened/

  2. Paul Pace June 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I really have no problems locking up black and Hispanic gang bangers up for decades if not for life. Most of the violent crime committed in the USA is black way out of proportion to their numbers. Hispanics commit a large amount of crimes as well. In a subculture where criminals are heroes, and going to prison gives you “street cred,” they will NEVER stop being criminals. Let them work 14 hour day of hard labor for decades!

    Build the prisons and lock the bastards up! Let them pay their own way!

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Racist views like the ones you seem to hold are part of the reason we have so many Americans totally unaware of the threats that we face. Falling into the black vs. white paradigm, gay vs. straight, etc., allows the globalists to keep us distracted fighting with one another while they rob us blind and prepare to enslave/exterminate the bulk of humanity. Focus on the real enemy, namely Wall Street and the puppet politicians that they control. We need your venom directed at these groups, not young Latino and Black youth whose futures are stolen from them before they even get started.

  3. Bob June 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

    @Brian. I’ve heard the “strawman” and other paytriot arguments for years. The arguments are great for making money for paytriots selling expensive “freedom” courses. Paytriots never mention that the arguments have already failed in court and their victims have been imprisoned. Agent provocateurs promote such stuff to ensnare more freedom loving victims.

    Secret strawman bonds, hidden trust funds, and ownership of people is fraud and slavery, which is illegal. Thus the strawman is illegal, if it ever existed. I appreciate your efforts, but don’t just repeat failed patriot mythology that sounds good, and misleads others. Demand to see the proof! Use due diligence and search for commercial redemption rejected as valueless, patriot mythology schemes, strawman redemption fraud, and etc.

    Or show me a few dozen “freeman” who won their sovereignty by filing redemption on their capital letter name, secret strawman, claiming their secret bond, and etc. If there was a legal process that really worked then hundreds of thousands would have used it by now and the country wouldn’t be in such a mess. I’m still waiting to see PROOF of at least a few dozen successful, sovereign freemen.

  4. Kevin Patrick Wright June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I spent 60 days in one of these “forced labor camps” in Broward County Florida (http://www.sheriff.org/about_bso/dodcc/jails/stockade.cfm) after spending a couple of years investigating/researching corruption in local police, government, military, & private security firms. This was just before the corrupt Sheriff Ken Jenne (http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-01-18/news/fl-ken-jenne-felon-20130118_1_sheriff-jenne-granite-countertops-and-windowsills-ken-jenne) was arrested and sent to Federal Prison on major corruption charges. The “Stockade Facility” had 3 full shifts, 7 days a week, providing “laundry services” to CCA (Corrections Corporation of America). I worked the afternoon shift. I refused to work at first, but was threatened with increased jail time if I didn’t. ~90% of the guards were black (often Jamaican, Hatian, etc.) and were extremely unprofessional, unethical (theft, sex w/ inmates including the teens housed in tents, etc.), and even threatening inmates with violence.

    It’s a long story as to how I ended up there (false arrests for DUI’s after drugged by “off-duty” female cops). After released from jail, my life was literally turned upside down by “probation”, costing me a $70,000/yr job, losing my license for 10 years, over $30,000 in legal fees and more in lost income, threats on my life, etc.. Eventually, after my life was threatened multiple times, my house and vehicles were broken into, guns were stolen, and more… I fled to Canada. That came to a screeching halt after Obama came into office and the FBI (and others) started tracking me in Canada. Seems I was up to my old shenanigans again; investigating local corruption after being ripped off by countless “under-the-table” employers and landlords. This led to my being tracked down by “private security” thugs (Genesis Security, hired by CBSA), who unlawfully and brutally deported me, leaving me homeless and penniless with cancer and diabetes. The full “crazy” and bizarre true-story can be read on my blog mentioned above.

    Kevin Wright
    The Homeless Architect
    Twitter: @Kevin_P_Wright

    EDITOR’S COMMENT: Kevin, thanks for your note. I would like to speak with you and I just sent you a note to your email, listed here, with my contact information listed.

  5. John June 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Some of the dear readers have no sense of humanity or humility. They don’t realize most of the crimes are unconstitutional, most prosecutors will do anything to get a conviction, and well more than 20% of the prison population is innocent. May the lord bless them and give them the wisdom and humility they lack.

  6. Chris June 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Paul your ignorance is astounding, keep believing blacks and hispanics are committing most of the crimes.

    These groups are being targetted for prisons, got to love democracy.

    Slavery is back in full force in good ole Amerikkka.

  7. Kevin Patrick Wright June 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Chris,

    You are correct. An honest attorney once said that over 90% of all people in jail/prison, went there voluntarily!… because they did not “understand” their true rights and “consented” to the charges. Something like 25% of all minorities between the ages of 18-25 are imprisoned in the USSA. 1 out of 6 prisoners are in for minor marijuana possession.

    It is a revolving door and it is EXTREMELY profitable since these jails/prisons get grants/funding from all levels of gov’t, are full of corruption and kickbacks, and funds are based upon the number of prisoners (occupancy). Court cost, Fines, Lawyers, Parole Officers, Counselors, Drug-testing facilities, Psychologists, Doctors, Pharmacists, Process Servers,… it is a RACKET and they will drain you of everything you have, regardless of your income. The toll it takes on your personal life is the most sickening. It can scar a person for life, especially for the younger ones.

    I eventually got tired of it, fled the country, studied Common Law, and now represent myself if I should be unfortunate enough to get detained for whatever reason. I won an important case in January 2012, defending myself as a “Pro Se Litigant”. Know Your Rights, people! Here is a link to a FREE book to open your eyes… SERIOUSLY, READ IT, ASAP. It might save your life: http://t.co/MWLvmoqVly

    Kevin

  8. Robert June 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Unfortunately I had a brief stay at one of these fine facility’s and it was quite an eye opener. Lack of funds for bail and a top notch attorney is the main reason most remain there in limbo for as much as 2 years for a few but mostly months up to a year in most cases before their even brought to trial with a public defender that the judge openly despises. What a sad place and a waste of humanity and to think this is a business model to profit off these poor souls is even sicker.

  9. Sergio Soto June 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Funny, I am Hispanic and never been thrown into one of these prisons. Oh wait, that’s because I don’t go around causing trouble. You have yet to be among the Hispanic community and realize how things go. Most of those guys are locked up for a good reason. Those inmates come from the lowest conditions, have no education, and no matter what country they live in, here, their homeland, or Canada, they will end up in the slammer anyways. These are people who don’t know how to live like law abiding citizens. Sh#t even the Hispanic looks down on them for making us look bad. Now I don’t know about blacks but I am pretty sure black people who are in good standing feel the same way about black inmates. My friend, these guys weren’t “targeted” they put themselves where they are, and honestly I have no sympathy for them. Better to have them work like slaves than have them sit around and enjoy cable TV that’s paid with my taxes.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: You might be right about repeat adult defenders, but not the vast majority of school children. Did you read the part about the judge who sold kids to privatized prison?

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