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This judge had exactly the right reaction to the shameful way nonviolent prisoners are treated in US jails

A woman was denied pants or tampons after being arrested for not completing a diversion course that was part of her sentencing from a shoplifting charge. But see how the judge reacts when she finds out that the prisoner’s humiliating treatment is apparently routine.

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It’s here, the behind-the-scenes we’ve all been waiting for. Ava Duvernay just sat down for a powerful interview with Oprah about 13th

in true O fashion, this looks like a more intimate conversation about race and social justice. I have no doubt that their dialogue will address the climate of fear and resistance that has a particular resonance in the face of our new administration, making it all the more necessary. This is going to be some serious #blackgirlmagic.

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Kalief Browder was arrested at the age of 16 and sent to the infamous Rikers Island, renowned as one of the worst jails in the United States.  Accused of stealing a backpack, Browder was incarcerated for three years (two of which were spent in solitary confinement) without ever going to trial.  During his incarceration, Browder suffered abuse from both prison guards and inmates alike, incidents which were caught on camera on more than one occasion.

After thirty one hearings and three years at Rikers, the case against Browder was dismissed, and he was finally sent home.  Two years after his release, Browder committed suicide by hanging.  He was 22 years old.

anonymous asked:

I think the higher incarceration rate may be because now we have more ways to track down criminals (cameras fingerprints) not because police are just throwing people into jail.

Noooope. But lets do some math to be sure. All the statistics I will be using are from here, here, and here.

We’ll look at race first. The united states has 693 people in prison per 100,000. However if we quickly glance at the Incarceration in the United States page, we can see the incarceration rate broken down by race. While white people are incarcerated at a rate of  450 per 100,000, Hispanic people are incarcerated at almost double the rate ( 831 per 100,000) and black people at an astoundingly high rate of  2,306 per 100,000. So lets consider a hypothetical prison system that doesn’t  discriminate by race, we assume that the default incarceration rate for everyone is an equal 450 per 100,000. By doing that alone the United States falls from first place to 11th.

We can also look at the breakdown by crime committed. Around 22% of prisoners are in state and federal prison for non-violent drug related crimes. 22% of 450 is 99. So if drug usage was legalized, this further reduces the rate of incarceration to 351. The united states would then be in 24th place.

Even with these reductions, the incarceration rate is more than triple that of other equally developed countries, like France, the Uk, and Germany. Its more than 5 times that of Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. All of these countries have comparable law enforcement technology to the united states.

These are just some quick estimates that take into account some readily available and easy to work with information. We haven’t even considered things like private prison profit incentives, private prison quotas, and public policy. Quoting from wikipedia, “ Violent crime was not responsible for the quadrupling of the incarcerated population in the United States from 1980 to 2003. Violent crime rates had been relatively constant or declining over those decades. The prison population was increased primarily by public policy changes causing more prison sentences and lengthening time served, e.g. through mandatory minimum sentencing, “three strikes” laws, and reductions in the availability of parole or early release. 49 percent of sentenced state inmates were held for violent offenses. Perhaps the single greatest force behind the growth of the prison population has been the national “War on Drugs.” ”

So no, more technology being available hasn’t resulted in the United State’s insane incarceration rates. Institutional racism, a bullshit “war on drugs”, and vindictive laws that line the pockets of private prisons are. Don’t let ideology fool you, the United States is objectively one of the least free countries.

If you know someone incarcerated, do them a favor for me.

Inmate Name ##inmate number##
Jail Adress St
Jail City
Jail state and Zip
Thats how you adress a letter to some one that you care about when they are locked up.

Love even behind bars and plates of glass, because every one needs love. That letter will mean so much to them. The worst part of the system is the isolating lonliness. If they give up on the outside, if they feel there’s nothing to cry about, they will be back. Give them someone to miss and something to follow the rules for. Save them.

Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

By some accounts, nearly half of America’s incarcerated population is mentally ill — and journalist Alisa Roth argues that most aren’t getting the treatment they need.

Roth has visited jails in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta and a rural women’s prison in Oklahoma to assess the condition of mentally ill prisoners. She says correctional officers are on the “front lines” of mental health treatment — despite the fact that they lack clinical training.

“Most of [the correctional officers] will talk about how this is not what they signed up,” Roth says. “Most of them have not had much training in dealing with mental illness — or they’ve had none at all.”

Roth witnessed high-risk prisoners in solitary confinement or chained up or wearing restrictive jumpsuits — which tended to exacerbate the prisoners’ distress.

Therapy, when available, was often conducted under stressful conditions. Roth describes one session in the Los Angeles County jail that took place through the slots of a cell door — forcing the prisoner and therapist to yell to be heard.

“The entire [jail] tier can hear everything that you’re saying,” Roth says. “Especially in a place where showing any weakness can be really dangerous … people are particularly unlikely to disclose anything personal or her that would make them vulnerable.”

Roth chronicles her findings in the book, Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.

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Randall Houston is the name of the Alabama prosecutor that pursued a 65 year sentence for a teenager, Lakeith Smith, who was charged with a murder a cop committed and was tried as an adult for a burglary committed when he was 15. Nobody should let Houston forget that what he has done is reprehensible.

He is the DA for Autauga and his number is listed as tel:(334) 567-2237 on the Alabama state page on district attorneys.

mass incarceration is the u.s.a is fucked up but if you’re australian and talking about it please remember that by proportion aboriginal people in australia are the most incarcerated people in the world, making up 3% of the general population and 28% of the prison population. and i don’t want any fucking australian to forget that. we have an incarceration crisis under our noses but we refuse to sniff at it because its not white people who are bearing the brunt of it.