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No, this title is based on multiple studies and MSM articles. It is not doom porn, FYI.
originally posted by: WolfBytes
Prison capital? only on ATS can we have a discussion as such. (Just more doom porn fyi)
originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: jimmyx
It sounds like hell to me. I tend to stay away from large cities if I can.
I am calling NLBS on you.
Whereas a black man probably would have served time.
originally posted by: reldra
a reply to: Aazadan There are reasons to take a plea, both logical or personal. It is up to each individual defendant. I do agree that some public defenders push that too much, though.
originally posted by: theNLBS
Today's NLBS was inspired by the ridiculously over-the-top reaction of Louisiana law enforcement to an eight-grader throwing Skittles on a school bus. It didn't take long to discover that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, at nearly double the national average, and five-times that of Iran (per capita). It wasn't always this way. In fact, the incarceration rate has doubled since the 1990's when the Prison Industrial Complex became involved in for-profit prisons. But that's not the only reason. You'll be dismayed, shocked, angered, and maybe not all that surprised when you discover who is profiting from keeping as many people behind bars as possible.
Hint: It's not the state, or corporations, who are profiting the most from high incarceration rates.
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The history of slavery in the territory currently known as Louisiana did not begin after its settlement by Europeans, as Native Americans also reduced captured enemies to the status of slaves. Following Robert Cavelier de La Salle establishing the French claim to the territory, and the introduction of the name Louisiana, the first settlements in the southernmost portion of Louisiana (New France) were developed at present-day Biloxi, Mississippi (1699), Mobile, Alabama (1702), Natchitoches, Louisiana (1714), and New Orleans (1718), after which point slavery was established by Europeans. The institution was maintained by the Spanish (1763–1800) when the area was part of New Spain, by the French when they reacquired the colony (1800-1803), and by the United States, following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Due to its complex history, Louisiana has a very different pattern of slavery compared to the rest of the United States.
Chattel slavery was introduced by French colonists in Louisiana in 1706, when they made raids on the Chitimacha settlements. Thousands of indigenous people were killed, and the surviving women and children were taken as slaves. The enslavement of natives, including the Atakapa, Bayogoula, Natchez, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Taensa, and Alabamon peoples, would continue throughout the history of French rule. While Native American peoples had sometimes made slaves of enemies captured in war, they also tended to adopt them into their tribes and incorporate them among their people. The French introduced African chattel slaves to the territory in 1710, after capturing a number as plunder during the War of the Spanish Succession. Trying to develop the new territory, the French transported more than 2,000 Africans to New Orleans between 1717–1721, on at least eight ships. The death toll for African and native slaves was high, with scurvy and dysentery widespread because of poor nutrition and sanitation. Although sailors also suffered from scurvy, enslaved Africans were subject to more shipboard diseases owing to overcrowding.
New York University, Cuny and Wesleyan activists aim to follow suit
Trustees: ‘This action occurs within larger discussion of mass incarceration’
Activists at a growing number of elite US universities hope their institutions will follow the lead of the Ivy League’s Columbia University by divesting from the private-sector prison industry and enshrining policies to avoid buying into the business in future.
Campaigners at Columbia, in New York, have called upon other colleges across the US and beyond to heed its example as it became the first university in the US to adopt an official policy to divest permanently from the for-profit prison business, in a trustee vote on Monday.
Students, faculty and alumni of neighboring New York University, and at Wesleyan University in Morristown, Connecticut, hailed Columbia’s move and vowed to follow suit.
Columbia had held investments in Corrections Corporation of America, a company specializing in contracts to run private prisons and detention centers in the US. And the institution had also held shares in the British security giant G4S, which runs private prisons in Britain and other countries and until recently had a contract via a US subsidiary to run the Guantánamo Bay facility in Cuba where terrorism suspects are held offshore without trial by the US government.
Campaigners objected to mass incarceration in the US, which is becoming a political hot topic in the 2016 presidential contest, and conditions behind bars. G4S has come in for repeated criticism about violence and drug abuse at its facilities.
Columbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.
The decision means the Ivy League school -- with boasts a roughly $9 billion endowment -- will sell its estimated 220,000 shares in G4S, the world's largest private security firm, as well its shares in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company in the United states.