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  •  It is (17+ / 0-)

    a very sorry commentary on the US in general, that we put our children in prisons to be maltreated by their jailers. That we choose prisons rather than trying to help them is even worse.

    Common Sense is not Common

    by RustyBrown on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 02:53:03 PM PDT

    •  Isn't it? (11+ / 0-)

      Although this informations doesn't surprise me in the least.

      The political right in this country has no actual shame of any kind.

      Leave it to them to profit  from a system that is already broken and  loaded with abuses.

      The fact that those being taken horrific advantage of are juveniles is no surpise either.

      They have a history for taking advantage of those who are defenseless-have no representation: no voice-so to speak.

      With political conservatives it actually is all about power-abuse-money and influence.

      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." ~Leonard Bernstein

      by lyvwyr101 on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 03:12:26 PM PDT

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    •  I agree. Conservatives have pushed for (11+ / 0-)

      incarcerating Juvenile offenders rather than diversion programs to change their behavior.  That is because it is so profitable to the corporations to do the latter and it creates the next wave of adult prisoners to continue to feed their coffers for a lifetime.

      Profit is their agenda, not rehabilitation or reducing crime.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 03:16:02 PM PDT

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      •  No, there's more to it than that. (5+ / 0-)
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        "Conservatives have pushed for incarcerating Juvenile offenders...because it is so profitable to the corporations..."

        I don't think so. Conservatives always wanted more jails, even before for-profit prisons existed. The notion that punishment is better than rehabilitation is a long-standing Conservative idea.

        What we have here is a set of profit-minded individuals who are exploiting the Conservatives' mindset, using it to generate profit for themselves.

        •  Yes, I agree to a large part with this analysis. (2+ / 0-)
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          Koch, AT&T and numerous other corporate interests have found a useful "tool" in conservatives on the issue of incarceration and other such ideals.

          The fact that they (conservatives) are willing to toss education funding at the prisons and decrease the ability of our children to learn at an acceptable pace, suits the goals of the corporations as well.  It's a win win for them with the end result being cheap labor performed by under educated individuals, and the Conservatives wind up with more campaign funding from the corporations.

          This cut to education funding nationwide is going to come back and bite the country in our collective asses.  We are no longer able to keep abreast of technologies and product development in the US because of this single issue.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

          by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 05:04:16 PM PDT

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    •  The more Republican/Conservative (4+ / 0-)
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      my government becomes, the more unrecognizable it becomes, and the more I loathe it.

      And it is the assholes who are converting it into a fascist state who like to tar their opposition with the brush of "blame America first." First? No. But when it deserves it, you betcha.

      "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

      by psnyder on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 07:05:13 PM PDT

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      •  A favorite rhetoric of theirs is to accuse those (3+ / 0-)
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        who oppose them as being unpatriotic.  Most of the think tanks, PACs and other "foundations" run by these people contain titles that include "American...Patriots...Justice and have wonderfully drawn American Eagles in their logos.  I guess this makes them feel more American than the rest of us - or superior, anyway.

        They rebuke President Obama for apologizing to other nations for our transgression...after years of research I believe such an apology is necessary - not for our behavior as Americans, rather for the behavior of a certain segment of our society that believes it is patriotic to exploit others and do it in the name of the USA.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 07:21:01 PM PDT

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