Prison Industrial Complex Category Archives

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Arrested for Suspected Breaking and Entering… Into His Own Home!?

Published on 20 Jul 2009 at 10:40 pm. 20 Comments.
Filed under Prison Industrial Complex,racism,ridiculousness.

Social critic and comedian Dave Chapelle hilariously described the tense relationship between Black men and police in his landmark stand-up performance, Killing ’em Softly. I’m not saying I don’t like police. I’m not saying that. I’m saying, I’m just scared of them. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes, we want to call them too. Somebody broke […]

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Cities Profiting From Immigrant Detention

Published on 5 Apr 2009 at 11:41 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under collective action,Prison Industrial Complex.

[my column reprinted from WireTap Mag] Column: Budget shortfalls have prompted cities to raise revenue by jailing undocumented immigrants. +++ Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing the early release of some inmates to help balance his state’s budget. Meanwhile, cities in Los Angeles County are relying on the arrest and detention of immigrants to keep […]

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Mumia Abu Jamal: Either Life Sentence or a New Hearing

Published on 28 Mar 2008 at 6:41 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Prison Industrial Complex,racism.

Mumia Abu Jamal, a former memeber of the Black Panther Party was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner by a (nearly) all white jury. This controversial trail has been the center of international debates on the death penalty, the prison industrial complex, and racism in the American […]

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U.S. Judicial System: Falling Through the Crack

Published on 6 Oct 2007 at 10:42 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,Prison Industrial Complex,racism.

This week the Supreme Court addressed a case, which brought the issue of the disparity in sentencing between powder cocaine and crack cocaine into the forefront of national politics. For those of you who aren’t aware of the imbalance, it goes a little something like this: federal law enforces a 100-to-1 disparity between crack and […]

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