prison

Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons | Your Black World

When you listen to hip-hop music on the radio, you are likely to hear a message that promotes criminal behavior.  The artist might glorify a life of selling drugs, then talk about doing drugs.  After that, he might talk about robbing, killing and quite a few other things that can land a young person in prison.  Young black kids idolize hip-hop artists, who are often the only black media figures that they see besides athletes.By the time some of these lost youth hit their teenage years, they may have been taken in by the culture.  The boys are sagging their pants, maybe where corn rows like their favorite artist.  Their slang matches and changes with the artists on the radio, and some of them even carry weapons or sell drugs just like their idols.  Pretty soon, many of them are carted off to prison.

via Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons | Your Black World.

 

Researchers find over 2,000 U.S. Colored Troops who were prisoners of war | Examiner.com

Historians traditionally thought the number of U.S. Colored Troops who actually made it into Confederate prisons was a number around 776 soldiers. It had originally been thought that most black’s captured by the Confederates never made it into a prison camp. That has alos been proven untrue by this new study.

Within just two USCT regiments alone, the 110th USCT and the 111th USCT, captured in and around Athens, AL on September 24 and 25, 1864, 744 were prisoners of war. They were among 863 black prisoners who are known to have been held in Cahaba Prison near Selma, AL.

via Researchers find over 2,000 U.S. Colored Troops who were prisoners of war | Examiner.com.

 

How Corporations Make Money from Prison Labor: They’re Happy to Have More Inmates | Techyville

A year ago they had little room but now three sets of bunk-beds cram six people together in a place designed for two. They once had four television rooms but those are being converted into more bed-space as well. All the while, the conversation is alive about how much money the prison is making off them.

The Bureau of Prisons and Department of Justice run state and federal prisons, both of whom point to the national budget. If asked, representatives for these prisons say that no one profits from the inmates, that the prison labor is to sustain and maintain the prison itself and that it is government funded.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), on the other hand, owns and manages over 65 correctional institutions and prisons at every level, representing over 91,000 beds in 20 states. According to the public financial information available, CCA received 43% of their total revenue from federal correctional and detention authorities. The remaining 57% would be profit derived from prison labor. In 2011 alone they generated $351.1 million in cash.

via How Corporations Make Money from Prison Labor: They’re Happy to Have More Inmates | Techyville.

 

Malcolm X Grandson Breaks Silence! | Breaking News for Black America

His grandmother, Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, was killed in a fire he started 11 years ago. He was 12 years old. He had been shuttled in and out of correctional institutions until his release from Attica Prison in February 2007. Now MALCOLM SHABAZZ, 24, is on a mission: to clear his name, stay out of jail and rise from the ashes of his past.

via Malcolm X Grandson Breaks Silence! | Breaking News for Black America.

 

Unless They Want Dangerous and Disgusting Prisons, States Should Run Screaming From the Corrections Corporation of America

CCA launched this scheme one year ago, with the first private purchase of a state prison anywhere in the country. Following their purchase of Lake Erie, CCA officials wrote a bold letter to 48 governors stating that this was only the beginning – that states would line up to sell public prisons to turn a quick dime.

via Unless They Want Dangerous and Disgusting Prisons, States Should Run Screaming From the Corrections Corporation of America.

The incarceration nation

The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of our population than any other nation – nearly 2.4 million Americans are behind bars, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $63 billion a year. Correspondent Martha Teichner looks into how that bleak statistic came about, and at efforts being made to change this.

 

How to Tell If You’re Dating a Sociopath | Clutch Magazine

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How to Tell If You’re Dating a Sociopath

Now when you think of the term “sociopath,” it might conjure up images of the lone stranger who gets off by dismembering people in his backyard. While this may be true, the term isn’t reserved for only felons and serial killers.

This is because the sociopath’s desire doesn’t have to be murder. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes it’s sex. Sometimes it’s control. And while many people have these same aspirations, what makes a sociopath a sociopath is that they are more than willing to hurt someone to get what they want. So if your feelings or your well-being have to be sacrificed in order for them to achieve that need, that’s exactly what will have to happen.

Payback (Trailer) 2012

Margaret Atwood’s visionary work Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the basis for this riveting and poetic documentary on “debt” in its various forms-societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of course, economic.

“How we think about it changes how it works.” ~ Margaret Atwood