Feds Say Prisons Bring Economic Benefits to Communities, But it’s all a Pack of Lies

Prisons are such an archaic concept; we all know it just does not work; and, its not prisons that are the problem, it is the retributive legal system: True justice is seeking reconciliation and NOT retribution; what is passing for justice is in fact barratry, fraud and personage in its many forms; in peace

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Source: Activist Post, by Justin Gardner

While the myth of ‘American exceptionalism’ continues to plague the thoughts of politicians and TV infotainment “news” channels, it behooves us to recall some actual things in which America excels.

Military spending, arms sales, prescription drug use and obesity rates are some of the more notorious ones, but no country comes close to the number of people America puts in prison. With 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States holds 20 percent of the world’s prisoners.

The prison population rose 408% from 1978 to 2014, as government ramped up its War on Drugs and instituted mandatory minimum prison sentencing. One in fourteen children in the U.S. has a parent behind bars, and that rate is almost twice as bad for poor children.

Yes, mass incarceration is truly an American phenomenon. It’s a horrid beast borne of the militarized police…

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