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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.
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
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!
Everyone knows someone who is either in jail or in prison. As of March 2, 2013 there are 2,212,172 people in U.S. Prisons and Jails and the number is steadily rising every day. Join us Thursday at 6:30pm as we discuss the Prison Industrial Complex.
Please join Professor Griff & ZaZa Ali, as we welcome Sister Pam Africa of Move Organization - To discuss the 60th Birthday of Mumia Abu-Jamaal & upcoming events in demand his freedom. We will also be discussing the Prison Industrial Complex & The plight of political prisoners. Show starts at 8pm EST / 5pm PST. Call in, let's talk about it. Peace.
Thru the Eyes of Faith features pt 2 of our Saving Our Black Youth Segment:
The Prison Industrial Complex
Special panel guest:
Jeffrey Muhammad, Chicago
Willie Muhammad, New Orleans
Philip A. Muhammad, Los Angeles
Emanuel Price, Portland
Today's show will discuss the prison industrial complex and the challenges facing men and women reentering society after prison. Our guest will be Mr. William "Pete" Duncan, star of the award-winning documentary film, OMAR & PETE (http://www.pbs.org/pov/omarandpete/)
DOES THE SCHOOLS PREPARE BLACK BOYS FOR PRISON? IS THERE A SYSTEM THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST BLACK BOYS? WHY ARE BLACK BOYS DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL AT AN ALARMING RATE? WHAT DO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTUALLY TEACH BLACK KIDS?
IS IT TIME TO PULL BLACK BOYS OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL? WHAT EFFECTS DOES THE MEDICINE HAVE ON BLACK BOYS? JOIN YOUR HOST THE ORIGINAL GOD AND SOLAR MIND AS WE EXPOUND ON THE PRISON INDUSTRAIL COMPLEX!!
ineffective counsel and the prison industrial complex karen lee and shandrea delaney
Today the United States has approximately 1.8 million people behind bars: about 100,000 in federal custody, 1.1 million in state custody, and 600,000 in local jails. Prisons hold inmates convicted of federal or state crimes; jails hold people awaiting trial or serving short sentences. The United States now imprisons more people than any other country in the world—perhaps half a million more than Communist China. The American inmate population has grown so large that it is difficult to comprehend: imagine the combined populations of Atlanta, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, and Miami behind bars. "We have embarked on a great social experiment," says Marc Mauer, the author of the upcoming book The Race to Incarcerate. "No other society in human history has ever imprisoned so many of its own citizens for the purpose of crime control." The prison boom in the United States is a recent phenomenon. Throughout the first three quarters of this century the nation's incarceration rate remained relatively stable, at about 110 prison inmates for every 100,000 people. In the mid-1970s the rate began to climb, doubling in the 1980s and then again in the 1990s. The rate is now 445 per 100,000; among adult men it is about 1,100 per 100,000. During the past two decades roughly a thousand new prisons and jails have been built in the United States. Nevertheless, America's prisons are more overcrowded now than when the building spree began, and the inmate population continues to increase by 50,000 to 80,000 people a year.
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There are more black men in jail than in colleges. Statistics show that 50% of black men would've served time in prison or a juvenile detention center by the age of 30. The incarceration rates of black men are higher compared to their white male counterparts. Why the disproportionate rate of black men in prison? What about effective programs that help them re-enter society? My guest Reverend Henry Price, a once convicted felon turned social activist and pastor, joins me to discuss his take on the prison industrial complex, what lead him to activism, and why he feels like black men keep going to prison.
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Private Prisons in A Wider Context Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Michelle Alexander discuss the prison industrial complex Dr. Na’im Akbar lecture Black Collaboration With White Privilege 2ndHour Michelle Alexander at Riverside Church, NYC
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