prison statistics

3 Germany Facts

1. Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time (DST, aka summer time). This occurred in 1916 in the midst of WWI and was put in place in order to conserve energy.

2. The capital of Berlin has more bridges than Venice in Italy – Berlin boasts 960 bridges, 59.8 square km of water in lakes, and ~180 km of navigable waterways. Combined with its surrounding state Brandenburg, it has Europe’s largest inland water network.

3. Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany – German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and, therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail. Actual escapes, however, often do not go unpunished as prisoners are still held responsible for damage to property or bodily harm against any individual upon their breakout.

The 13th, a new documentary by Selma director Ava DuVernay, is now streaming on Netflix. It’s about the loophole in the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude, "except as a punishment for crime.” In the film we hear from activist Angela Davis, Sen. Cory Booker, The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, on the subject of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. 

Bryan Stevenson  spoke to Fresh Air in 2014 about justice in the 21st century: 

“The new statistic from the Justice [Department] is really disheartening: The Justice Department is now reporting that 1 in 3 black male babies born in the 21st century is expected to go to jail or prison. The statistic for Latino boys is 1 in 6. That statistic was not true in the 20th century. It was not true in the 19th century. It didn’t become true until the 21st century. That means we have enormous work to do to improve our commitment to [a] society that is not haunted and undermined and corrupted by our legacy of racial inequality.

The same is true for poverty. We’ve got a bigger population of poor people in this country than we’ve had in a generation, and we’ve got to take on the challenges of poverty. … For me, that means taking it on in a different way. I’m not persuaded that the opposite of poverty is wealth — I’ve come to believe … that the opposite of poverty is justice.” 

Put a genderist or a liberal feminist who says cis-women aren’t oppressed next to an article about female genital mutilation, a report on abortion laws leading to women being sentenced to 40 years in prison for miscarriage, statistics on rape, articles about domestic violence, reports on child marriages where girls are married away to grown men, studies of rape culture and of the dangerous consequences of porn that are just widely accepted as inevitable though they hurt many, many women. Their hypocrisy and ignorance will become obvious. Then put a genderist or liberal feminist who says women in the west (or “the first world” as many of them also put it) aren’t oppressed anymore next to an MRA or anti-feminist who says women in the west aren’t oppressed anymore, and it will become obvious they have more in common with MRAs and anti-feminists than actual feminism.

Happy 4th of July everyone!! 🇺🇸

American judicial system is fucked up. If you doubt you just can remember the fact that the home of the free has the largest number of incarcerated people. What we need is to get rid of some precedents, educate new generation of police and decriminalize street art and drugs.

I find irony in institutions.

Too many 13, 14, 15, year olds pregnant but nobody want to be the father
so these girls give birth to daughters who love ghost
and her womb becomes martyr.

I have too many friends dead at 25 so is that still 25 to life or a death sentence?
Told my mom bury me with a 357 in case god trippin and they don’t let me into heaven

I find it strange that black people make up 14 percent of the population
but 50 percent of the prisons.
We’re taught statistics in a prism
I have an existential crisis’s every night
so I speak on a lot of isms

If we not in the penitentiary
then we in the mortuary
some of us make to university
but tuition so high they
they end up back here with you and me

We got to work twice as hard
to fly just as high and
I think Langston said it best
we docile and kind
but beware the day we lose our mind

I wrote and recited this tonight 😊