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Monday, February 2, 2015


1. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners.
2. The total incarcerated population in the U.S. is a staggering 2.4 million — a 500% increase over the past 30 years. 
3. One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars.  
4. At the end of 2007, 1 in 31 adults was behind bars, on probation or on parole.
5. Currently, 65 million Americans have a criminal record.
6. There are more people behind bars today for a drug offense than there were in 1980 for all offenses combined.
7. The U.S. spent $80 billion on incarceration in 2010 alone. 

8. African-Americans comprised 12% of regular drug users, but almost 40% of those arrested for drug offenses.
9. More than 96% of convictions in the federal system result from guilty pleas rather than decisions by juries.
10. Conservative estimates put innocent people who plead guilty between 2% and 5%, which translates to tens of thousands of innocent people behind bars today.
11. Eighty percent of defendants cannot afford a lawyer. Tens of thousands of people go to jail every year without ever talking to a lawyer or going to trial. 
12. A public defender will routinely have a caseload of more than 100 clients at a time.

* How it works = One day, ''Average Joe'' finds himself in a mess of trouble. He gets arrested, and what he thought was a manageable but unfortunate problem quickly proved otherwise. This is because, what ''Joe'' didn't know was, the police would throw over a dozen different charges on his shoulders. Despite the unfairness & untruthfulness, the police know (A) there is nothing ''Joe'' can do about it (B) if they put 12+ charges on ''Joe", 1 or 2 of them are sure to stick. The system knows that "Joe'' will most assuredly take any plea to come his way, especially if it means dropping all those other charges.This is an everyday routine. ''Joe'' is actually quick to forget the injustice, and rather counts himself lucky...... after all, he was told if he took his case to trial and lost - he would suffer the maximum penalty.



The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. “This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.”
According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.
“The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”


I have said it before, and I will most definitely be saying it again; How do we begin to fix a system that is beyond reproach?
In a world where corporate greed and lobbying rule, and the almighty dollar yields more power than the pen or the sword.
How do we slow the revolving door that is the Prison Industrial Complex? 
Staffed and filled to maximum occupancy,
for maximum profit,
at a minimal cost.

Prison Song

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