Comments on: Prisons and the social fabric Bridges, budgets, bonds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:29:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: NewsLady Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:48:04 +0000 I would like to apologize for the tone of my previous comment. I do feel that the column is simplistic and ignores some evidence that works against it, but I was rude and mean, and I’m sorry.

By: NewsLady Tue, 07 Jun 2011 07:31:45 +0000 Thank you, OneOfTheSheep!

This is an incredibly stupid, poorly argued and biased column. It’s so bad I can’t believe it was even published.

We have more people in prison than other countries, therefore it must be those EVIL CORPORATIONS, responsible for every problem known to man (though of course they did provide YOU with a job), at it again. Sure enough, some egghead has “discovered” (manufactured) a connection. Anything where people make money has to be on the wrong track.

Of course, it’s also true that crime has plummeted during the very years that this idiot author points to as the time when we were throwing too many criminals (too many according to her, that is) into prison … where they could no longer steal and rob people. What a coincidence.

We wouldn’t want to mention any GOOD effects that could be related to those notorious, money-grubbing behemoths that do things like build prisons and supply food to their inhabitants.

They make money, therefore they’re evil. Life’s easy when you have a black-and-white belief system.

We have more people in prison than China and South America, therefore there must be something wrong with US.

The something must be capitalism. It always is.

Or could it be stupid, sloppy journalism?

By: txgadfly Tue, 07 Jun 2011 06:19:45 +0000 America refuses to change its Government, which is where the problem lies. Our courts and police institutions are barbaric and create life time peons out of individuals seeking disapproved but non-violent pleasures.

Can the country change its ways? Not until it switches to proportional representation, election districts which are not gerrymandered, and periodic mandatory judicial confirmation by popular vote. Then governmental power will bend to the popular will. Until that happens, it will absolutely not.

The choice is to reform or to become slaves.

By: Cate_Long Sat, 04 Jun 2011 18:56:43 +0000 Taking advantage of two concurrent 30-year trends–toward mass incarceration and toward privatization of government services–CCA has grown to a $1.6 billion company that operates 66 facilities in 20 states, with approximately 90,000 beds. It has become notorious for its poor treatment of prisoners, and for numerous preventable injuries and deaths in its prisons and immigrant detention centers. About 40 percent of CCA’s business comes from the federal government, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the Bureau of Prisons. As BOP director, Lappin would have overseen government contracts with CCA worth tens of millions of dollars. CCA spends approximately $1 million annually on lobbying on the federal level alone.

A press release from the invaluable Private Corrections Working Group notes that Lappin’s quick trip through the government-to-industry revolving door is hardly unique in the Bureau of Prisons’ history: “Lappin joins another former BOP director already employed with CCA, J. Michael Quinlan, who was hired by the company in 1993. He retired as director of the BOP in 1992, several months after settling a lawsuit that accused him of sexually harassing a male BOP employee. While settling the suit, Quinlan denied allegations that he made sexual advances to the employee in a hotel room.” ral-prison-director-takes-job-private-pr ison-company

By: Cate_Long Sat, 04 Jun 2011 14:33:38 +0000 The war on drugs is a waste of time, money and lives. It cannot be won. The world’s drug warriors are out of ideas.

Fresh thinking is of the essence. Governments should consider legalizing drugs to take profits out of the criminal trade.

Filling prisons with drug users does nothing to curb the billion-dollar illicit business, one of the world’s richest. Drug use is a public health problem, not a crime. Arresting small-time dealers does little but create a market opportunity for other small fry. Destroy drug crops in one region and cultivation moves to another. Cut a supply route in one place and another one opens up. 2011/06/03/the-war-on-drugs-and-a-milest one-critique/