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Children Increasingly Comprise the Rapidly Growing Prison Slave Labor Force

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My wife used to run the corporate McDonald’s restaurants as the executive director in Arizona for almost a decade. The goal of every one of her stores was to create return business.  McDonalds would invest in playland equipment and dine in furniture, all designed to make the restaurants a desirable place to return to. The business principle is called “Return on Investment”. An now, our prisons are being organized along the same business principle.

The present privatized prison system operates on the same principle and it is quite effective. The average person is sentenced from 5-7 years in prison. There is no rehabilitation, only the prison life which produces a more hardened criminal. When the convict is released, they find it virtually impossible to get a job because of their ex-con label. Within three years of release from prison, 70% of all prisoners return. Can you imagine if every restaurant had a 70% return rate from its customers? If my wife could have enjoyed these kinds of numbers, she would have been the executive of the year, each and every year.

According to the Pew Center in their study The Long Reach of American Corrections (March 2009), it costs nearly $79 per day to house an inmate which is 20 times the cost of putting someone on probation. Wouldn’t it make sense to sentence nonviolent offenders to probation and save the taxpayers’ money? Of course it would, unless you are Vanguard Investments,  the largest owner of privatized citizens in the form of the Correctional Corporation of America (CCA), GEO (2nd largest private prison company), Wackenhut, Viacom, AOL Time Warner and they are all controlled by the Vanguard Family of Funds. You remember Vanguard don’t you?

The problem of prison slave labor, goes right to the top and these corporations have a powerful political ally.

This is the same Vanguard that moved money prior to the Gulf Oil Explosion in a manner which made massive sums of money for key investors in the same manner as did Transocean, Goldman Sachs and Halliburton. And one of those insiders that benefitted from the Gulf Oil Explosion was President Obama as he was vested in Vanguard I and Vanguard II. The late Bob Chapman reported on this Obama conflict of interest as did I in an earlier article.  Obama’s corruption is not limited to his investors having and acting on foreknowledge of the Gulf Oil Explosion, he is an active investor in the slave labor motivated Prison Industrial Complex.

Obama benefits and profits from prison slave labor.

Overt Slave Labor

Many of Wall Street’s giants have been invited to the party and are reaping huge profits. The following is a list of the corporations that contract with CCA and GEO to produce American slave labor goods. They include Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T,
Wireless, 3Com, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin. Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, Target
, and countless more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison slave labor and most actively lobby for mandatory sentencing.

Generally, prison inmates in state run penitentiaries generally receive minimum wage for their work. In Agenda 21 controlled Colorado, they only receive about $2 per hour, well under the minimum for state run prisons. However, Colorado inmates are rich compared to inmates in privately-run prisons where they can receive as little as 17 cents per hour. This is worse than Walmart slave labor in China! The highest-paying private prison run by the CCA pays 50 cents per hour for “highly skilled positions.” I am not sure how this is even legal as I remember reading something about the 13th Amendment being repealed.

Prison Slave Labor Has Become One of the Mainstays of the American Economy

If there is a silver lining as 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.  This is a kind of Walmart for prisons and your State Legislatures are promoting this as a kind of cost savings, but they guarantee 90-100% prison bed occupancy rates. And we wonder why mandatory sentencing  has replaced judicial discretion when deciding the disposition of a criminal case.

Time Off for Good Behavior

In these normally overcrowded prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for “good behavior,” but for any violation of prison rules, they get 30 days tacked on to their sentences. I thought only a judge, under the Fifth Amendment due process provisions of the Constitution, can impose a prison sentence. This translates into more profits for CCA. According to a study of New Mexico prisons, it was found that CCA inmates lost  their “time off for good behavior”  at an 800% higher rate than inmates in state run prisons. CCA’s prisons are notoriously understaffed and this under-staffing leads to more acting out by the inmates which in turn leads to longer sentences resulting in more profit.

Therefore, one of the profit motivators for CCA is administration by neglect. In other words, they make more money if the prisons are poorly run and decidedly more dangerous.


Rockefeller Scams the System in Search of Profits

In New York,  Nelson Rockefeller’s heralded anti-drug law, initiated in 1973, provided for a mandatory prison sentences of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces of any illegal drug. Fifteen years to life for possessing four ounces of marijuana? Mr. Rockefeller, what could possibly be the motive for such strict drug laws? Answer, the same motive on why Obama has his money in Vanguard.

Besides Nelson Rockefeller, the privatized prison system has enjoyed having low friends in high places for a very long time beginning with Nancy Reagan’s “Just say no” and her husband’s War on Drugs program. Ironically under Reagan, his CIA traded guns for drugs in the Air America Iran-Contra Affair. Enter former president, George H. W. Bush, and an ex CIA director, and things only got worse. Bush helped fuel the growth of the industry during his presidency. And upon leaving office, he became a player in privatized prisons.

Under Reagan and Bush, Federal drug laws became more draconian.  Presently, Federal law mandates five years’ imprisonment with no hope of parole for possession of five grams of crack or 3.5 ounces of heroin. Further, Federal law provides for 10 years imprisonment  for possession of less than two ounces of crack. A sentence of five years for cocaine powder requires possession of 500 grams. This puts the United States on a par with nations like Turkey with regard to excessive sentences handed out for simply drug possession. There can only be one outcome from this trend curve, more slave labor and a lot more smiling faces on Wall Street.


Go to School and End Up In Prison



The above graphic now applies to our children as our kids are increasingly becoming victim to what is called the School to Prison Pipeline.

Every good major leagues baseball team has a successful farm system of minor league teams in smaller towns and cities. This is where the majority of baseball talent develops their skills prior to coming to the parent club. The Prison Industrial Complex is run like a major league baseball team’s farm system in which young talent is developed to replace the aging veterans.

It used to be a given that unless one committed murder, juveniles under the age of 18 did not go to jail or prison. That is no longer the case. The incarceration of our youth is big business. 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 for 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.

The 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. Remember the term, because they are actively recruiting our children for the prison slave labor force.



Since the advent of privatized prisons in 1984, America has witnessed the passage of laws that require minimum sentencing, without regard for any extenuating circumstances. Our prison system is experiencing a much larger percentage of work by prisoners, thus creating profits for Wall Street which in turn motivate the incarceration of more people for longer periods of time. And privatized prison corporate investors make happy campaign contributors. Therefore, you can bet that the proverbial poop rolls down hill to the cops and the push is on to incarcerate more and more. Some argue that is fine, but when one of the fastest growing segments of our prison population are children, we all need to sit up take notice and take action.

Again, this system is very effective and efficient. With only four percent of the world’s population, the United States has over 25% of the world’s prison population. As a people, we are very ingenious as our corporations have learned to make money from virtually any life circumstance. Do your kids have a “get out of jail card”?


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  1. TG USMC January 5, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hello Dave, my fellow friend of freedom. Thank you for clearing me up on this matter. I thought the C.C.A. was where government officials retired too. Me bad!
    God Bless

  2. iwitness02 January 5, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Pretty incredible how ingenious they are at making money off of human suffering. Indeed. I keep hoping and praying that what goes around, comes around. However it is still business as usual. Who knew people would put up with so much abuse? It is an absolutely mind blowing phenomenon. Of course all the lies and cover ups go a long way towards helping to keep everybody in the dark. Still, day after day, and year after year, they devour more and more of us. I wish we would help each at the street level, instead of fighting each other. Our masters must be giggling with glee as we destroy ourselves for their fun and profit. From our masters point of view, this whole make money off the tax payer thing must be the most fun experience of all time.
    All the poor people cover the earth like ants. But they are afraid of the queen. So they submit. Until some sort of honest and courageous leadership comes on the world scene, the consumption of human liberty and dignity will continue unabated. For sure. I seen a pic. of some clown wearing a tee shirt that said: I met God and she’s black. The back side must of said: I met satan and she’s a bitch……..and gross darkness the people.
    It bothers me, because I was taught that life comes from the Father.

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  4. David January 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    There’s a myth that slavery was eradicated following the ratification of the 13th amendment. I guess people haven’t actually read it. It says in part:

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Notice that exception. If a person is convicted of a crime then they become a slave. Why is this overlooked? Slavery never went away, it just changed forms. If the people who wrote the 13th amendment (and the people who voted for ratification) were serious about doing away with slavery it would have read: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Period. End of story. Instead, it was written in a way that allowed for the rise of the prison-industrial complex. It incentivized the criminalization of victimless “crimes”.

    Today we have a whole new generation of plantation owners and they are the shareholders in for profit prisons.

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  6. Jabber January 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Hmmm…interesting…very interesting…

  7. Dee January 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

    My first thought is that hell is getting bigger by the minute. These people are so motivated by greed that I hope their torment is spending eternity reaching for a dollar bill that they can never grasp! I know that is wrong but where does the evil stop? I should pray for the salvation of these people but it is a mighty hard thing to do.

  8. TTS January 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Thank you Dave – very, very important reporting. The so-called “War on Drugs” has nicely padded the pocketbooks of the the richest scum in this world.

    Cops, Judges, politicians all know what is going on. Virtually none of them say anything or do anything because they all benefit from the MASSIVE USA INCARCERATION.

    Our children were taught/are taught to HATE Red China and the former USSR. Our prison system makes both those countries look mild – human rights-wise – by comparison. Call it pschopathic-socipathic projection. Our government is mentally ill, no doubt. The sad fact in the matter is 95% of our population either cannot see it because they believe the MSM lies/propaganda, or they simply do not care.

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  10. RaccoonBrat January 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-3 NKJV predicted zero tolerance: “… in the last days … men will be … unforgiving.”

  11. RaccoonBrat January 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-3 NKJV predicted zero tolerence: “… in the last days … men will be … unforgiving.”

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  13. watchman January 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm

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  14. Rick Langley January 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Come Holy Spirit, Holy Family, and St. Michael
    with your protection and guard over God’s saint’s words, 1/2/15

    From Mother Mary: My love, My beautiful one. All of Heaven thanks you and all the remnant souls and all of Heaven and the poor souls in purgatory for the prayers and suffering that all of you went through for the past month. Start praying for all the souls on the face of the earth each day because everyone will be chastised and hopefully purified this year of the church with many false miracles from the evil one to look like God. Be careful because many of the things you hear and see this year will look like it is from God but it is from satan. Satan will be deceiving the faithful through their own churches. God has told you in Scripture that even the elect would be fooled if it were not for the prophets of today. Discern everything today because satan is at his strongest before his fall.

    There will be many bad things happen this church year that will look good to some but the ones I have been training for the past 30 years will receive the whole truth and nothing but the truth to warn the rest of the children and priests and bishops and cardinals that have not been given the extra graces or have not listened closely enough. Be ready for anything this year to purify your soul so you are ready for the Warning when you see Jesus face to face with Me holding your hand and leading you to My Son who I brought into the world.

    The stock market will crash soon.

    The elite are just running it up to get the rest of the American people’s money into it before they crash it and most of the money of the American’s who are not listening will be taken over by China and the other countries who are holding all of America’s debt. When they crash the stock market the one world people will own everything including your country.

    Prepare for much sorrow with very much prayer this year and have your soul ready to face Jesus. When one major thing happens everything will happen within days because America has already lost the spiritual war by throwing the Ten Commandments out of their country by the top leaders. You are now living in communism and paganism as I have already told you. Tell all of My children to pray, pray, and pray. Remember, God is in control but your prayers control your suffering and joys of the world. Love, Mother Mary.

  15. Nam Marine January 6, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Very soon this will no longer be a problem. A country that
    goes against God will NOT survive !

  16. Justin Thought January 6, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Interesting graphic titled Incarcerated Americans 1920-2006, and how that rapid rise exactly corresponds with Reagan’s war on drugs declared October 14, 1982. It sounds more like he declared war on the American people. I think that’s the definition of treason written into the Constitution.

    And every president, congress, or judicial body that has perpetuated this egregious war are also guilty of treason, and should be punished accordingly. Until we actually take action and remove these people from society, they will continue to wage war upon us.

    Iceland had the right idea, but maybe they didn’t go far enough.

  17. Ol' Grey Ghost January 6, 2015 at 11:33 am

    “I am not sure how this is even legal as I remember reading something about the 13th Amendment being repealed.”

    The 13th Amendment didn’t outlaw slavery; it merely converted slavery from private (chattel) ownership to public (collectivist) ownership…


  18. Boodan January 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    You mentioned all the retailer’s and corporations lined up to champion the sentencing laws, private prisons, etc. If anyone may be in doubt, I used to work in IN and worked in the prison system as well as in law enforcement. Under Mitch Daniels, correctional unions were tossed, and he privatized the state’s food services, formerly run by state employees. At the time, Aramark was the vendor that received the contract, and they claimed they could feed an inmate on 1$ a day. Let me tell you, as a staff member, you were allotted one free meal a day and in the years I worked there, I only ate (didn’t ever complete either) 2 meals that were simply awful.

    To skip a lot of other stuff I could comment on, needless to say, Walmart, yes Walmart, now runs food service for the Indiana Dept. of Corrections. That’s right, Walmart Catering. Remember that the next time you pick up your fried chicken at Wallyworld.

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