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Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?

 
Anonymous Coward
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07/06/2015 11:59 AM
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Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?
More than a third of all states allow debtors “who can’t or won’t pay their debts” to be jailed. In 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal, judges have issued 5,000 such warrants. What is behind the increased pressure to incarcerate people with debts? Is it a desire to force debt payment? Or is it part of a new structure where incarceration is becoming increasingly the default tool to address any and all social problems?

Consider a different example that has nothing to do with debts. Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania judge was convicted of racketeering, of taking bribes from parties of interest in his cases. It was a fairly routine case of bribery, with one significant exception. The party making the payoffs was a builder and operator of youth prisons, and the judge was rewarding him by sending lots of kids to his prisons.

Welcome to the for-profit prison industry. It’s an industry that wants people in jail, because jail is their product. And they have shareholder expectations to meet.

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07/06/2015 12:04 PM
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Re: Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?
good read. all true.
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Re: Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?
bump
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Re: Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?
This is a fantastic read!

Nailed it.
Kira mai Kadwalladyr

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07/09/2015 01:24 PM
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Re: Who Wants To Keep the War on Drugs Going AND Put You in Debtor’s Prison?
school to prison pipeline, and sometimes they are one and the same.

Slavery.