Nearly Half of All Women in Jail Are Disabled | The Nation

But this is just one aspect of a broadly shared recognition that America’s four-decade-long experiment with mass incarceration has been a failure. We lock up a greater share of our citizens than any other developed nation, at an annual cost of more than $80 billion. We do little to prepare individuals behind bars for their eventual release, yet are surprised when two-thirds return to jail or prison.

Certain populations—including communities of color, residents of high-poverty neighborhoods, and LGBT individuals—have been particularly hard-hit. But all too rarely discussed is the impact the criminal-justice system has on Americans with disabilities.

Over the past six decades, there has been a widespread closure of state mental hospitals and other facilities that serve people with disabilities—a shift often referred to as deinstitutionalization. Between 1955 and 1994 the number of Americans residing in such institutions dropped sharply, from nearly 560,000 to about 70,000. Deinstitutionalization is widely regarded as a positive and necessary development, but it wasn’t accompanied by the public investment needed to ensure the availability of community-based alternatives. As a result, the United States has traded one form of mass institutionalization for another, with jails and prisons now serving as social service providers of last resort.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, state and federal prison inmates are nearly three times as likely—and jail inmates are more than four times as likely—to report having a disability as the nonincarcerated population. One in five prison inmates have a serious mental illness. In fact, there are now three times as many people with mental-health conditions in federal and state prisons and jails as there are in state mental hospitals.


-   It’s a little known fact, but the Lightning flight throws the best parties in all of Sorineth.
-   Because when you work as hard as we do, you
play hard too.
-   You play so hard you go deaf for days, hoarse for weeks.  You play so hard the ground shakes and the sky breaks.  You play so hard you give the storms screeching overhead a run for their goddamn money.
-   Because those flashes you see, over there on the horizon?  
-   That isn’t lightning.
-   That rumbling you hear, that you can
feel in your bones?  The rhythmic thudding that sets the grasses trembling and the air shaking?
-   That isn’t thunder.

-   That’s the bass dropping.

-   Let me tell you, the Lightning flight is wild.  If you’ve never been to one of our throwdowns, you cannot understand what it’s like.  You have to experience firsthand the screaming winds, the shuddering air, the crescendo of lights… and the music.
-   Oh, but what makes it unearthly isn’t just the music, or the setting.
-   No.
-   It’s the figures you can sometimes glimpse from other territories, the huge looming shapes, nonsensical mashes of light and colour.
-   Dragons swirl everywhere in the confusion of sound and glow and movement, creating a maelstrom of wings and bodies.
-   The ground rumbles, and the
air seems to compress and stretch.
-   Because at the centre of every single Lightning bash, there’s at
least one titan towering above it all.
-   A gigantic cybernetic ridgeback, whose one purpose is to shred the sands.
Their hides are crisscrossed with plating and wires, their sides are speakers.  Their entire bodies light up in a massive upsurge of current, spewing a morphing, mixing lightshow with every movement.
-   The bass they ooze makes the ground vibrate so much that the very
sand dances, stacking up, piling up, twisting over itself in haunting formations as the ridge pounds out the bassline.
-   No one can get near the giant; to do so is to risk severe injury from the sound alone.  They have complete control over the dancefloor, and by the Stormcatcher do they use it well.  Whirling, thrumming, shaking, the titan has wings made of visualisers and a wicked grin on their face.  The music they generate is almost inaudible over itself, an electronic mess of shrieking leads, screaming synths, and crashing, ripping, quaking drums.
-   The energy is undeniable and even the rage of the stormclouds above seems to bend to the ridge’s heavy, charged dance.
-   And then it’s over a quickly as it began, with only the sand settling to tell of what just happened.

-   The next time you hear someone tell a Lightning dragon they’re all work and no play, watch for the knowing little smirk that will dart over their face.

-   That idiot has no goddamn idea.

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Journalists Condemn And Conflate #GamerGate And #DNCLeaks
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In a strange twist, some people are standing against WikiLeaks’ decision to release thousands of Democratic National Convention related e-mails because they feel as if WikiLeaks has taken on a racist guise while being propped up and championed by an army contained of #GamerGate supporters. That’s a narrative slowly being trumpeted and paraded around by some journalists on social media. (more…)

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