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  •  Thank you for connecting so many dots (3+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, FarWestGirl, kurt

    I have been trying to follow, understand and learn more about this rotten, stinking mess, and your Diary is just outstanding.

    One entry point for me has been the school-to-prison pipeline, truly chilling. School kids  not even in high school yet being taken away in cuffs, via police cars, for minor dress code violations and the like. finally getting some attention!

    I have not had the time to check all your links yet, but do you have more info on the ALEC connections? I'm preparing a segment on this for a public affairs radio program I host. I'd also be interested in having you on the program if you are interested. (Boston area)

    Thanks for the good work!

    Shooting wolves from planes is to hunting, what hiring a prostitute is to dating.-Shannyn Moore

    by zzyzx on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:24:05 PM PST

    •  Thanks for your interest and knowledge (2+ / 0-)
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      Kevskos, kurt

      of at least part of this prison industrial system.

      Here is a linkto ALEC's 1995 "Prison Industries Act" model legislation that has been used state by state to authorize this program - and then modified, amended and bastardized until it now operates totally to provide massive profits to prison industries and the companies with access to that labor.

      ALEC's one time Chair of the Criminal Justice (public safety) Task Force, Rep. Ray Allen (R-TX) first introduced this in Texas in 1993-94 and once passed he took it to ALEC and it spread from there - in similar form and fashion as the Florida "stand your ground" legislation and AZ.'s SB1070 immigration legislation did.

      If you would like to have me on the show, I have no problem with that, but it would have to be via Skype if you have that capability.  I'm in Indianapolis and could not possibly make Boston - though I like the town and folks up that way.

      The school to prison pipeline is hard at work - again through the efforts of ALEC to privatize public education and replace accredited teachers with non-accredited staffers from think tanks such as Heritage and Heartland.  Students today are more or less on their own regarding education and behavior.  Too many incidents as you describe of our youth's being hauled off by police for teen pranks we used to get a whipping for.  One reason why Corrections Corp of America and Geo Group (former ALEC members) are investing in juvenile detention facilities today.  And BTW, prison privatization is also an ALEC model bill and pursuit.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:40:14 PM PST

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