Category Archives: prison economics

How I Expect California to NOT Release Prisoners… If We Let Them

By now, every activist is aware that the US Supreme Court “ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137.5%of design capacity within two years. Finding that the prison population would have to be reduced if capacity could not be … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Neighborhoods report – How Much Do You Invest in Police & Prisons?

With Providence on the brink of bankruptcy (and everyone being asked to “tighten their belt”) it stands to reason that every budgeter re-examine their priorities. Mayor Taveras’ School Department will close the Messer School while taxpayers invest nearly $20 million in police … Continue reading

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National Prison Industry Divestment Campaign

From Causa Justa :: Just Cause, in California-   “Today we stand in solidarity with community and labor groups that are taking to the streets to protest the private prison industry’s business model of pushing for harsher immigrant incarceration policies. … Continue reading

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Petition Oprah: Make “The New Jim Crow” your Book of the Month!

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color-Blindness” is the most important book affecting Black America since Alex Haley wrote “Roots.”  The American Prison Industrial Complex, which would make the Ku Klux Klan blush, is not just … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Current Slave Labor in GA County Keeps 170 People Out of Work

When Gwinnett County, Georgia ran the numbers on shutting down their prison facility (incarcerating 450 people), they factored in the 356,322 hours of slave labor provided by the prisoners in 2008.  Offsetting this, the county could be putting 170 people … Continue reading

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A National Campaign to End Price Gouging on Prison Phone Rates

Nationwide Research Finds Excessive Prison Phone Rates Exploit Prisoners’ Families Brattleboro, VT – Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly publication that covers criminal justice-related issues, released a report this past weekend at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston … Continue reading

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65 Million “Need Not Apply” – Is it Time for Boycotts?

A report released yesterday by National Employment Law Project (NELP) confirms that many companies are instituting blanket bans on hiring people with criminal records, including those with misdemeanors.  Creating what is an public safety issue and, if reforms are not … Continue reading

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Politicians Unify Prisoners’ Power! (for themselves)

For those of you in my home state, Prison-Based Gerrymandering might be well known, along with my comrades in New York, Delaware, or Maryland.  For the rest, please take this small state example and reach out for us to help … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement Arises!

Alabama represents the answer to a clarion call.  This is a call that speaks to us in our own voice; clear, loud and urgent.  A voice that speaks to our identity and emanates from the soul, ringing true both in … Continue reading

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Ten Million Movement: Beyond COINTELPRO, the Demand for Civil Rights Continues in America

March 8th, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of the anonymous group of activists who broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office and uncovered a counter-intelligence program known as COINTELPRO.  This program played an essential role in destroying the American Civil Rights … Continue reading

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