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SACRAMENTO, California — With wildfires blazing throughout the parched Western United States, the state of California has found a novel, though ethically questionable, way to save money on the state’s safety budget: Send state prisoners to work on the frontlines fighting forest fires for $2 per day.
“More than 100 wildfires are burning across the West — destroying dozens of homes, forcing hundreds of people to flee and stretching firefighting budgets to the breaking point,” wrote Tim Stelloh for NBC News on Monday. For California, he reported, that means some 14,000 firefighters combating 19 forest fires, including the “Jerusalem fire,” which covered over 25,000 acres before being mostly contained as of Saturday. “[T]he blaze — along with six others — was still sending smoke south across the San Francisco Bay Area,” Stelloh wrote.
About 4,000 low-level felons from California’s state prisons are fighting the fires, operating out of so-called “conservation camps,” according to Julia Lurie, writing on Friday for Mother Jones. “Between 30 and 40 percent of California’s forest firefighters are state prison inmates,” she reported. Inmates who committed certain offenses, like sex crimes or arson, are blocked from entering the firefighting program. Prisoners work in 24-hour shifts during forest fire season, followed by 24 hours off. Prisoners earn $2 a day just by being in the program, plus an additional $2 an hour when they are actively fighting fires.
This episode will discuss how Orange is in fact the New "Black." The privatization of the prison industrial complex has created a growing trend in the incarceration of women and girls. GEO and Corrections Corporation of America represent two of the largest for-profit prisons in the America. These private companies operate billion dollar enterprises, which require no governmental oversight concerning programs and services for treatment or rehabilitation. Life for most women in prison will not result in a televised program or a book.
Tune into In the black radio tonight, we are speaking about The prison industrial complex, black mans hell, white mans profit.. We are going to be exposing the for profit Industry that keeps our young Black soldiers locked behind bars between the years they are most likely able to Bear children. Also we will be speaking on the correlation between The third grade reading level Of black boys and the prison capacity. How it's just another form of slavery!! What types of goods and products are made in prison ?? And ultimately why this is an attack on the black families unit ability to reproduce. We are covering all bases tonight Bring a pen in your pad because were teaching tonight.. Call in number is (619) 924-0694.. Make sure y'all visit our YouTube page @ IN THE BLACK MEDIA and please subscribe!
On this particular Thursday evening episode of The Social Spitball Show, Bram Sarkowski & Barbara Dee take a backseat to a very important issue in the United States of America: The Prison Industrial Complex. The School-to-Prison Pipeline and other issues go right along with this complex, but solveable issue.
This episode features a show that is entirely pre-recorded. The majority was recorded at the "Speaking for the Speechless" forum on the Prison Industrial Complex & the U.S. Court System that was held in Goldsboro, NC on the afternoon/evening of Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Linda Wilkins-Daniels, the organizer & moderator, worked with many wonderful individuals and organization to bring us all important stories and perspectives on how so many minorities have been ushered into the prison systems (many of them PRIVATE & FOR PROFIT) across this nation. The Prison Industrial Complex is indeed complex, but it needs your voice to topple it in the coming future.
This forum will become a series and will come to cities like Durham and Charlotte, NC in the near future. Stay tuned to http://www.thegospelofwaynecounty.com/ for more information on future forums like this one.
Big thanks to Robyn Wade of Power 101 WADE of Goldsboro (and the internet) for sharing this audio with us all!! Show her some love by listening to http://thegospelofwaynecounty.com/robynwaderadio/ often!
Barbara & I know you will benefit from this conversation. Let's get the conversation going...
Join us as we discuss the Prison Industrial Complex, the Sports Industry and their connection to Black enslavement in North America. Featuring exclusive an exclusive interview with a famous superstar professional athlete. Hosted by Khalifah Muhammad and Michael 6X.
Join us as we discuss the prison system, prison workers, and comparisons to slavery Thursday March 5 at 6:30 pm on SIRA Media Radio
The term "prison-industrial complex" (PIC) is used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies. The term is derived from the "military-industrial complex" of the 1950s. Such groups include corporations that contract prison labor, construction companies, surveillance technology vendors, lawyers, and lobby groups that represent them. Activists[who?] have argued that the prison-industrial complex is perpetuating a flawed belief that imprisonment is an effective solution to social problems such as homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy.
The term 'prison industrial complex' has been used to describe a similar issue in other countries' prisons of expanding populations.
The promotion of prison-building as a job creator and the use of inmate labor are also cited as elements of the prison-industrial complex. The term often implies a network of actors who are motivated by making profit rather than solely by punishing or rehabilitating criminals or reducing crime rates. Proponents of this view, including civil rights organizations such as The Rutherford Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), believe that the desire for monetary gain has led to the growth of the prison industry and the number of incarcerated individuals.
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Everything we now know about the universe has stemmed from people willing to ponder the unanswerable. Listen in as we delve into "The Mysteries of the Universe w. J.R. Mr. Jr:"
Also, you likely already know how overcrowded and abusive the US prison system is, that the US has more people in prison than even China or Russia. it’s also not surprising that many prisio in the United States are not actually operated by the government, but by for-profit companies. So clearly, some people are making lots and lots of money off the booming business of keeping human beings in cages.
But who are these people? Are we better off with or without Private Prisons? Listen in as we dissect this parasitic entity called the Prison Industrial Complex.
With the growing tension of Police Brutality and the complete lack of accountability, let's take another look at our old episode Police Brutality and the Prison Industrial Complex. We tackled this subject early in the year with Collette Flanagan of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Jamie "The Dude" Balagia from the race for Texas Attorney General, and Daniel Behrman from the race for Texas State House of Representatives. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you next week.
This week on Beyond the Veil, we will have a very special guest Collette Flanagan! She is the founder of the Dallas organization Mothers Against Police Brutality, or MAPB. She has been touched very personally by police brutality and it has sprung her into action to fight back. We will discuss her organization, as well as the growing problem with police brutality both in the Dallas area and nationally.
The United States contains 5% of the world population, and yet houses 25% of the worlds incarcerated. Because of this we will also be looking into the Prison Industrial Complex and the impacts it has had on society.
And lastly, we will also present to you the Leak of the Week, courtesy of WikiLeaks!
Correction Corporation of America is the Largest Privately run prison in America. It is also a Real Estate Investment Trust.
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