American Samizdat

Wednesday, August 20, 2008. *
The continuing story: find out what the products are being manufactured via what amounts to slave labor for pennies on the dollar (everything from lingerie to bull whips). Our corporate propagandists also tend to recommend investing in prison stocks. There's big money involved in putting your ass in the big house.

Slavery in America never ended. The industry was retooled for "kinder, gentler" markets.

Serco - Bringing service to life.

(mouse over the url on the above & checkout that list)

Invest in prisons...

Slavery and Involuntary Servitude
What caused prisons to be a growth industry in California? Did Californians suddenly become lawless? We need look no further than the CCPOA, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. "The Power this prison guards’ union wields inside our prisons, legislative chambers and governor's office disturbs me. It should disturb every citizen." ~ Judith Tannenbaum, formerly an English teacher at San Quentin State Prison

Privatization: Downsizing government for principle and profit

(Part 1: The United States)
by Edward Herman

Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861–1865 Civil War a system of "hiring out prisoners" was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else’s land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then "hired out" for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads.

The tradition continues. The nation needs a way to fill the prisons which provide a source of cheap labor. Surely the criminal justice system can be of help here, and indeed they are.


Don't they have a conflict of interest in dealing with parole and extended sentences when their economic interest calls for higher prison occupancy? Isn't there a danger that the drive for profits will lead to hiring unqualified and inadequately trained personnel and the mistreatment of prisoners?

the political revolving door, and the emergence of a new "prison-industrial complex."

Check out this map of private prisons in texas.

The comment after the article states:
Prisons in Texas

Seems to me the prisons follow the NAFTA trans-texas mega highway. that should work for them, huh?

think so?

Try to imagine, what it would be like to spend time in a place like this...23 hours a day

Imagine living in an 8-by-12 prison cell, in solitary confinement, for eight years straight. Your entire world consists of a dank, cinder block room with a narrow window only three inches high, opening up to an outdoor cement cage, cynically dubbed, "the yard." If you're lucky, you spend one hour five days a week in that outdoor cage, where you gaze up through a wire mesh roof and hope for a glimpse of the sun. If you talk back to the guards or act out in any way, you might only venture outside one precious hour per week.

You go eight years without shaking a hand or experiencing any physical human contact. The prison guards bark orders and touch you only while wearing leather gloves, and then it's only to put you in full cuffs and shackles before escorting you to the cold showers, where they watch your every move.

You cannot make phone calls to your friends or family and must "earn" two visits per month, which inevitably take place through a Plexiglass wall. You are kept in full shackles the entire time you visit with your wife and children, and have to strain to hear their voices through speakers that record your every word. With no religious or educational programs to break up the time or elevate your thoughts, it's a daily struggle to keep your mind from unraveling.
posted by Uncle $cam at 11:45 PM
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