Are the Republicans passing the prison reform bill in preparation for their own crimes?

The Republican Party has fought prison reform tooth and nails for years now. Magically, when many Republicans are being charged with crimes, they passed the bill with a vote of 87-12. What changes would help anyone of the guilty criminals of the GOP? First of all, per Vice: …the reforms proposed in the First Step Act would affect only the federal prison system, which houses just 181,000 of the approximately 2.1 million total incarcerated population…
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Politics by the Numbers

Earlier today I read a DailyKos publication titled “15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media” by akadjian on August 7th. Although I don’t necessarily agree with the authors indication that all the 15 items are not covered in the media – as I have seen a few of them covered quite a bit – I did like the easy, straight-to-the-point figures and facts provided. So, thought I would share a few.…
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Louisiana | The Prison Capital of the World! 7 Times More Inmates than All of China

Private prisons are the biggest shame of our country – to profit off of the incarceration of people. No other country in the world makes any type of profit from their prisons. But here, the value of stocks depend upon the number of people locked up in our private prisons. Now, Louisiana now holds the world record as the state imprisons more people per capita than any other state or country in the world, with…
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Life Inside the CCA Owned New Mexico Women’s Prison

Here is a very well done report about the women’s prison in New Mexico. This report briefly covers the dog rescue and training program, Heeling Hearts. I am one of the original volunteers who helped coordinate and set up this program. I was unemployed during that time, which was back in 2007, therefore I was able to volunteer quite a bit of time then. My dear friend, Lyn, is still in charge of and running…
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Private Prisons Offering to Buy State-Run Prisons

Private prisons are one of the largest corporations in history to profit directly from the misery of people, and now they want to buy out state-ran facilities. The main stream media is not helping matters either as they simply sweep the details under the rug, and promote the false notion that criminals get what they ask for. Most American citizens live under the philosophy simply because they grew up hearing, “Lock them up and throw…
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Alabama Farmers Look to Replace Migrants With Prisoners

The United States is one of the most modern countries in the world, yet we have the largest prison population which is growing rapidly every year.  One would think that our country would have the lowest population (per capita) for several reasons, which really do not need to be listed.  Sadly, the greed and corruption of our private corporations have taken over, and their main concern is passing laws which are designed to increase the…
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CCA to Build a Privatized US Immigrant Prison in Florida

If you are not familiar with private prisons, they are prisons built and owned by private companies, stockholders, shareholders, etc.  Each investor makes a profit for each inmate housed in their private prison company. Why should you be concerned about criminals and prisons?  Because the vast majority of those held in these prisons should NOT be there!  The laws and courts are sentencing an ever increasing number of citizens, and illegal immigrants, to prison purely…
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New Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies “put a mass amount of people in jail, and…
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New stats out: Private prison populations up 120%. Lobbyists paying $6 million+ to state officials.

New report in from Dailykos.com, “Private prison companies boost incarceration rates for profit” A new report from the reformist Justice Policy Institute concludes that private prison companies have not only benefited from increased incarceration, they have also helped fuel it. According to Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies, private prisons have increased their “market share” of the overall prison population. While the number of inmates over the…
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CCA’s involvement with SCOTUS ruling to release CA prisoners

On May 23rd, 2011, SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the US) ruled in Brown v. Plata that California must reduce its prison population by over 30,000 prisoners. Why? Because their system was so severely overcrowded that the medical neglect prisoners were facing amounted to a violation of their 8th Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. That’s some mightily deficient medical care. California has been facing a crisis in its prison system for…
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