Posts Tagged Prison Industrial Complex
July 24, 2012
by: Justin O’Connell
July 17, 2012
[Editors Note: In this weekend's Weekend Vigilante we recounted how we went to a local Las Vegas casino with a few of our friends and associates and how two of them ended up in a cage. We recounted that we didn't know the full story about what happened, as they were still in jail at the time, but now Justin O'Connell, who was one of them, and also a regular TDV Correspondent, has recounted what occurred. The following is by TDV Correspondent Justin O'Connell and originally appeared on The Silver Vigilante, July 17, 2012. ]
When I spilled half of my drink at a Las Vegas nightclub, I was asked to leave. When I asked for my money back, the real crime commenced, as I was kidnapped by thugs and thrown in a cage.
The laws on the books in the United States detail a vast and complex web on bureaucratese which, in the end, leads to nothing more than ensuring innocent people end up in jail. And, when these individuals end up in jail, they are forced – with weapons – to endure psychological torture and inhumane conditions until they get released. Among the laws which can get a peaceful individual kidnapped and tortured in Las Vegas are the following:
• Sec. 8.12.015. Sitting or lying down on public sidewalks in the downtown redevelopment district prohibited.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, or any other object placed upon a public sidewalk in the downtown redevelopment district, as it is defined in section 18.07.040 of the Reno Municipal Code.
(Ord. No. 4482, ï¿½ 1, 2-28-95)
• Buying drinks for more than three people within 24 hours is forbidden.
• Simple Christian good will is illegal in Las Vegas, as it also illegal to feed the homeless in public. You can feed your friends and families, but certainly not those down-and-out.
• It is also illegal in Las Vegas to pawn your dentures, if, let’s say, they if they have gold, platinum or silver fillings.
• Feeding the pigeons has been considered to be made against the law in Las Vegas
• Defacing a hamburger, by leaving its contents anywhere in public, is a punishable offense.
• Jaywalking could land you in prison for thirty days.
Laws like these result in the incarceration of good people, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The United States prison complex must be the second busiest enterprise in the United States after the internet, where millions of people surf 24/7.
July 10, 2012
This is part of the indoctrination process molding the youth to not question authority when they grow older. Especially in lieu of these outright ridiculous instances. It is extremely unfortunate any youngster would go through extreme circumstances such as these extreme cases, but reality is stranger than fiction.
July 10, 2012
It seems that kids across America are being exposed to the law at a younger age. With the police presence in schools throughout the country, more kids have been getting arrested for things such as disrupting class and even using perfume. Many critics believe that these sort of disciplinary actions are going overboard and only creating a culture of delinquency. Susan Phillips, research analyst for The Sentencing Project, joins us with more.
In a slide show intended for investors, Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison company, describes why this is a market that you’d want to sink your money into. A 74 billion dollar industry that at the moment is only 10% privatized. It’s just another scary reminder that locking people up in this country, is making some people rich. Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks weighs in.
It was a National Day of Action for the members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. On Monday the movement spoke out against the private prison industry. The prison industry is said to have a lot of influence and power and gains major profits from keeping people behind bars. In all, thirteen cities took part in the day of action and Rania Khalek, independent journalist, helps take a deeper look at America’s incarceration problem.