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  •  Using prisons to confront societal ills (5+ / 0-)

    has been about as effective as the War on Drugs. Worse the second has helped in large part to support the first. Worse yet, profiteers from social stratas largely unaffected by the scourge have sought to profit by privatizing prisons and, of all things, charging outrageous sums for families to talk to their loved ones.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:52:50 PM PST

    •  You Are Absolutely Correct. (5+ / 0-)

      It has been every bit as successful at helping transfer the peoples' wealth and opportunity to the rich as the War on Drugs has been, and the War on the New Deal, and the War on Liberalism.

      The bottom 99.9% of humanity is a write-off. In a time of climate change and resource bottlenecks, that warning has to be taken seriously.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 09:05:28 PM PST

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    •  What kind of democracy (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, sceptical observer

      Do we have when "law and order" judges run in elections using campaign money supplied by private prison companies?
      The judges are elected, send large numbers of new prisoners / clients to the private prisons, and everyone is happy - except for all sane people.

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