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  •  It already has crossed over. (8+ / 0-)

    There are large numbers of reports of sadistic practices in our prisons, especially private facilities. For example:

    This crisis is nothing new for CCA. In 2010, CCA was forced to settle a lawsuit because it was running a "gladiator school" in an Idaho prison where guards forced inmates to fight one another as they watched. This isn't even the first crisis in Mississippi, where another bonfire occurred years earlier. Chemical grenades had to be used at yet another CCA prison in Tennessee.
    Almost nobody pays any attention. In many ways, we are a very uncivilized society.

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:27:32 PM PST

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    •  Yep.... (0+ / 0-)

      Without getting into too much detail, many of these tactics are being used on my little brother in a public county jail, justified as being as for his own protection (he's on suicide watch, and does have an attempt in his past).

      He's held naked, without access to mail, reading material of any kind, obviously no TV or music or anything. He's allowed to shower very infrequently, has no contact with other prisoners or any ability to get any exercise or anything. I make no excuses for my brother's violent behavior (he's accused of a violent crime, has a bit of a history, though it's not murder or a sex crime he's accused of). He's a paranoid schizophrenic, and he's very sick. He needs to be hospitalized where both he and society at large is protected, but where he can enjoy some basic human dignities as well. Because he's not "competent" to stand trial, this is more or less indefinite, and he's subjected to it for weeks at a time when they remove him from the state hospital on the central coast and take him to the county jail for hearings and court appearances.

    •  "Private Prisons" are so disturbing.... (0+ / 0-)

      Talk about one of the more basic functions of government... To the extent that our criminal justice system works, it's because it operates as a collective responsibility. Juries are selected from the citizenry, police officers and COs are hired from among the public and are paid through public funds, and in theory accountable to the public.

      And yet we're turning over the incarceration and custody of convicts to profit-seeking private companies. It just seems so immoral. I'd love to learn more about how these deals are made and which politicians sign off on them. I'm not sure I could vote for a politician, Republican or Democrat, that would enter into such a deal.

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