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NLBS #49: Louisiana is the Prison Capital of the US. Because; Money!

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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 01:10 PM

originally posted by: WolfBytes
Prison capital? only on ATS can we have a discussion as such. (Just more doom porn fyi)
No, this title is based on multiple studies and MSM articles. It is not doom porn, FYI.
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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 01:17 PM

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.

you can't beat Hawaii, even in Honolulu....3 times over there, different islands, all great....even when it rains, the water temperature is just right, and most of the time, it only stays around for a 1/2 hour or so. and if you eat by the beaches, the insects are practically non-existent, inland is a little more "buggy", and the Kona coffee on the big island is to me the best in the world...I would live there, if I could afford the outrageous costs.

posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 01:19 PM
a reply to: InFriNiTee
People with disabilities are generally not well-cared for in prisons, I would assume 'for-profit' prisons, in specific.

I regard to attorneys...there is "The Innocence Project". Attorneys also have to do some pro-bono work each year in most states. My mother was able to reverse the conviction of an african american male sentenced to several years for simple burgulary, less than $500 in alleged take. The whole thing was made up, she did her homework, interviewed people in a particularly bad neighborhood and overturned the conviction based on the negligence of the previous attorney. That basis makes an attorney NO friends, but she didn't care about friends. I imagine she is not the only attorney who would do this.

posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 01:22 PM
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.

posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 01:32 PM
a reply to: ISeeTheFnords LOL, I wondered what this 'Conspiracy Chicks' was. I googled it. I was probably here lurking in 2010, but missed it somehow. I could not understand either one of them, due to some odd speech impediment they both seem to have had...I don't want to insult people with speech impediments, but if they are trying to create a video blog, it could hinder it's success. It was episode 6, what did I just watch?

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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 06:17 PM
a reply to: reldra

I am calling NLBS on you.

Go ahead, all the "studies" in the world can't dissuade me from what I see with my own eyes and hear from the police themselves here. Not to mention its the Wall street journal....

All you have to do is move here and see for yourself.
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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 06:19 PM
a reply to: Kali74

Whereas a black man probably would have served time.

Same exact thing, with the same exact punishment happened to the black folks I know that got busted for the exact same thing as I did.

This whole "white priviledge" nonsense has black people thinking that somehow whitey gets away with everything that blacky does'nt. Its total BS.
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posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 09:26 PM

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.

I agree there are reasons to take a plea, they make them very attractive. Load a person up with charges, so that you guarantee they can't beat them all. Then offer the person a deal that's less than the minimum punishment of a single charge. It's in the charged persons best interest to take the plea, and it looks even more appealing when the person charged actually did something wrong in the first place.

This system however does not make for a good justice system. We've gone from a nation of laws with defined punishments to a nation where a person only needs to be accused, and is then sentenced by the prosecutor that is on the side of convictions rather than the judge that is meant to moderate the prosecution and defense.

If no one plead, everyone would benefit.

posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 09:28 PM

posted on Jun, 7 2015 @ 02:03 PM
Why am I living here still?

*depressing story NLBS, but needed.

PS stop dinging the swear words, I think the cry babies are over it now.

posted on Jun, 7 2015 @ 10:47 PM

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 Louisiana

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.[1]

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.[citation needed] 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.

I will say, that I'm not in anyway saying that the "Truly Guilty" do not deserve to be jailed, but I often question for how long do they deserve to be jailed for certain crimes?

A reasonable question IMO.

Nice piece OP

posted on Jun, 8 2015 @ 10:53 AM
a reply to: polluxcastor

I would tend to agree with pollux, however if community service is the goal than what we need to do is come up with other forms of punishment possibly to fit the crime incarceration cannot always be the punishment for the crime and seems like too often that is the case.

posted on Jun, 8 2015 @ 08:08 PM
I live in Louisiana and this is a topic I talk about constantly to anyone who will listen. You would be shocked that maybe 1 in every 1000 people I talk to have even the slightest clue about this topic.

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posted on Jun, 20 2015 @ 10:14 PM
What this Reminds me of

is the

Kids for Cash Scandal

Especially about a Teen Held in Jail for 6 days for Skittles! Seriously !

A few Movies Whispering the Tale of a Scandal Profit , Money making !

Brubaker (1980)
Shawshank Repetition (1994)

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posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 07:36 AM
Action on the private-sector prison industry.

University campaigners hail Columbia's vote to divest from prisons

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 becomes first U.S. university to divest from prisons

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.

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