Prison Industrial Complex Category Archives
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 into […]
[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 their coffers full. […]
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 […]
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 […]