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25. The For-Profit Prison Economy, with its racist basis
Sat May 18, 2013, 06:08 PM
May 2013

surely has an impact upon employment opportunities, beyond the basics of economic life, such as access to opportunities by who you know, the history of wealth accumulation among a very few, to the exclusion of everyone else, and laws that have worked to undo advances previously made in this nation to actually have a govt. that serves the people of this nation, not just the rich people of this nation.

From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people. Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.

From The Sentencing Project's "Prison Privatization and the Use of Incarceration" (2004) - the War on Drugs became the spur to create private prisons because of overcrowding in prisons from the laws enacted (Mandatory Minimums, Three Strikes, Stop and Frisk, sentencing disparities based upon race.)

The current for-profit prison system, begun in the 1980s, has made the U.S. more of a penal colony than China - that's the gift from conservatives that keeps on giving, year after year, with cumulative effects on earning power over a lifetimes, as well as effects on employment options.


-African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
-African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
-Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population.
-5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
-African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months).

This isn't the first time various states have used prison to deny rights to African-Americans. During Reconstruction, whites could arrest blacks (mostly men) and put them on work gangs - and this was never challenged because of the racism that undergirded the practice among the powerful.

Another function of the for-profit prison system is to increase population numbers in rural, predominantly white areas of states, which gives more voting power to those who are elected from those areas - and this, as well, becomes a self-reinforcing form of racism because it is in the vested interests of politicians and certain members of the population to create economies built on imprisoning other members of society.

Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, noted that the war on drugs is really a war on African-Americans and Hispanics, since they are disproportionately singled out for arrest and because, when other avenues to create revenue are blocked, illegal activity is the way for someone to make money outside of the system in place for those who are either part of the elite or the few who get "elevated" to the elite to serve as a sop to everyone else of a particular race or gender so they can ignore the systemic dysfunction that comes from the racism and sexism that is part of the foundation of the history of property.

kr. a *real* feminist issue, but so little-discussed. equal pay for upper management! HiPointDem May 2013 #1
k&r RainDog May 2013 #2
These women are raising children on these salaries GiaGiovanni May 2013 #3
This message was self-deleted by its author RainDog May 2013 #4
What a fucked up thing to say. redqueen May 2013 #6
This message was self-deleted by its author RainDog May 2013 #8
What's fucked up is you attacking OTHER WOMEN when you had NO FUCKING CALL TO DO SO. redqueen May 2013 #13
those FEMEN 'feminists' aren't interested in lower-class women -- unless they work in the sex HiPointDem May 2013 #20
Apparently we can't discuss single moms without SOME women attacking feminists they don't like redqueen May 2013 #29
it's not unrelated. HiPointDem May 2013 #30
I don't think femen advances anything i care about, feminist or otherwise. On the contrary, I HiPointDem May 2013 #32
k&r Starry Messenger May 2013 #5
Thanks for kicking this. redqueen May 2013 #7
I'm pretty close to it myself. Starry Messenger May 2013 #9
Thanks, I have two young teens. redqueen May 2013 #12
My child support was just cut in half. xmas74 May 2013 #33
Marx was right...... socialist_n_TN May 2013 #10
And Engels rightly analyzed the origin of sexism RainDog May 2013 #11
Nope. nt redqueen May 2013 #14
Yep. I'm sure Penny Pritzker and Carly Fiorina...... socialist_n_TN May 2013 #17
glad your post is getting some more attention RainDog May 2013 #15
It's all about the plutocracy/plutonomy, as with all of the problems they've made for us. Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #16
African-Americans were hard hit by the 2008 bank bail out RainDog May 2013 #18
Very true. YoungDemCA May 2013 #22
and they, as well as black males, continue to be hit harder in the 'recovery,' as well as by the HiPointDem May 2013 #23
The For-Profit Prison Economy, with its racist basis RainDog May 2013 #25
Which goes back to what I wrote. If you focus your attention where you are directed to, Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #24
Yes. I agree RainDog May 2013 #26
Capitalism commodifies EVERYTHING, including sex...... socialist_n_TN May 2013 #27
There are varieties of feminism RainDog May 2013 #28
"should actually look at the economics that create this "service sector" in the economy." HiPointDem May 2013 #31
Hear fucking hear! nt redqueen May 2013 #34
K&R, Thank You! smirkymonkey May 2013 #19
It is important to discuss these issues.... YoungDemCA May 2013 #21
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