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Originally posted by Brandyjack
What is so hard to believe? Baby Bush and Rumsfeld tried to take the National Defense and U.S. military private for eight years. After all, private soldiers fight for who pays them, not the country or the average citizens. So, the "anti-crime" people will do it with the police. After all, private "security police" protect who pays them, not the citizens.
Zero-tolerance disciplinary policies are often the first step in a child’s journey through the pipeline.
• Zero-tolerance policies impose severe discipline on students without regard to individual circumstances. Under these policies, children have been expelled for giving Midol to a classmate, bringing household goods (including a kitchen knife) to school to donate to Goodwill, and bring¬ing scissors to class for an art project.
Originally posted by ANOK
reply to post by charles1952
I lived through the privatisation of a lot of nationalised industry in the UK in the 80's.
Don't think that state services cannot be privatised, unionised or not. The workers simply become employees of the new owner/s with probably better pay.
Once the ball starts rolling...Sry for the cliches but...
LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - The Prison Industrial Complex is a growing industry comprised of a number of American corporations which develop household and business products, but human rights groups condemn them for netting profits which roll off the backs of prison inmates they claim are unjustly paid cents on the dollar.
At issue, they charge, is a criminal justice system which herds primarily Black youth into the hands of private prison enterprises to work illegally under a modern-day slave system called “involuntary servitude,” disguised as prison work release programs.
Private prison companies, however, essentially admit that their business model depends on locking up more and more people. For example, in a 2010 Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) stated: “The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by . . . leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices . . . .” As incarceration rates skyrocket, the private prison industry expands at exponential rates, holding ever more people in its prisons and jails, and generating massive profits.
Originally posted by Jerk_Idiot
reply to post by magma
You were saying?
Do the crime, do the time.
The Code of Hammurabi is the longest surviving text from the Old Babylonian period. The code has been seen as an early example of a fundamental law regulating a government — i.e., a primitive form of what is now known as a constitution.
Lord Denning described it as "the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot". In a 2005 speech, Lord Woolf described it as "first of a series of instruments that now are recognised as having a special constitutional status",
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
Originally posted by AGWskeptic
When did profiting from cheap inmate labor become a function of prisons?
Pretty much ever since prisons were invented, or even earlier if yuo include debtor servitude - which in ancient times WAS slavery.
The Criminal Lunatics Act 1800 (39 & 40 Geo 3 c 94) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that required and established a set procedure for the indefinite detention of mentally ill offenders. It was passed through the House of Commons in direct reaction to the trial of James Hadfield, who attempted to assassinate King George III.
Under English law, any Englishman could prosecute any crime. In practice, the prosecutor was usually the victim. It was up to him to file charges with the local magistrate, present evidence to the grand jury, and, if the grand jury found a true bill, provide evidence for the trial.
I think the solution is pretty clear. Prisoners should refuse to work. Someone in prison is there to do their time, not to work for a nickel an hour. You don't swing a hammer, you don't push a broom, you don't fold laundry, you don't wash dishes, you don't cook, nothing.
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
reply to post by Trustfund
Still works. It would be cost prohibitive to put an entire prison population in solitary. CCA would have to hire extra staff to do all the cooking and cleaning. They wouldn't make a profit from prison labor, they would look for greener pastures and people wouldn't wind up in jail over stupid stuff.