Law Forum : “13th” : The Truth About Black Incarceration

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    On Oct. 7, Netflix released a compelling documentary entitled “13th,” which traces the political history of the incarceration and criminalization of African Americans since the 13th Amendment abolished slavery more than 150 years ago.


    Directed by Ava Duverny, who also directed “Selma,” a 2014 Oscar winner, “13th” features commentary on the current state of American prisons by scholars, political leaders and activists including U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Harvard history professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Black Panther activist Angela Davis. It also outlines the criminal justice initiatives enacted by various Presidents—such as former President Bill Clinton’s “Three strikes” policy—which contributed to the explosion of the U.S prison system and the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans.

    Because of the massive economic stake the South had in slavery, Southerners created economic and political institutions that would continue the profitable system of free labor after the Civil War. The 13th Amendment, from which the documentary takes its title, freed slaves but made an exception for prisoners, thus creating the first American “prison boom.” African-Americans were arrested for minor offenses like loitering and used as free labor under “constitutional slavery.”

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    The Earth and I saw this over the weekend. This movie serves as a good reminder of how white people use a lot of energy to continue slavery through the use of the prison industrial complex.

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    Agreed. They use a LOT of energy, and they generate a whole LOT of income, too. I thought it was an excellent documentary.....the way it was layed out and explained how slavery turned into Jim Crow, which turned into mass incarceration, and THEN, the new plan they have in store for us, which will replace mass incarceration. Wow.

    A must see film.
     
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    Yes, I watched. After watching 13th, I was tempted not to vote.

    Trump’s Win Gives Stocks in Private Prison Companies a Reprieve

    As terrific as Donald J. Trump has been for the stock market, he has been absolutely spectacular for a troubled niche: companies that run for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers for states and the federal government.

    In the market rally on the day after the election, the stock with the best performance was Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s biggest prison company. It soared 43 percent that day. Shares of the GEO Group, its main competitor, rose 21 percent.

    These two big private prison companies have had a rough time until recently: In August, after the Justice Department put out a monitoring report that found safety and security problems at their facilities, the Obama administration said it would start to phase out the use of private prisons.

    So Mr. Trump’s surprise victory represented a radical change in fortunes for them — a boon for investors and a potential nightmare for critics. “It’s an extreme case of politics affecting the stock market,” said Ryan Meliker, a senior analyst with Canaccord Genuity. “Politics drove down the shares of the companies over the summer — and now the situation is reversed.”
     
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    PRIVATE IMMIGRATION DETENTION facilities may be bad — but they’re probably not going anywhere.

    That, in essence, was the conclusion of a much-anticipated review of the Department of Homeland Security’s reliance on private companies to detain an immigrant detainee population that’s reaching historic highs, which the president-elect is promising to escalate to even greater levels.

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      Despite some drama over a review of private prisons, Homeland Security is likely to keep using the facilities to house immigrants prior to deportation.
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    Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota

    In 2009, in the midst of a multi-year decline in the undocumented immigrant population, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), then Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, inserted the following language regarding
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention budget into the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010: “…
    funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 33,400 detention beds.
    This directive established what would become a controversial policy interpreted by ICE as a mandate to contract for and fill 33,400 (increased in 2013 to 34,000) detention beds on a daily basis.

    The directive would come to be known as the “immigrant detention quota” or “bed mandate.” The immigration detention quota is unprecedented; no other law enforcement agency operates under a detention quota mandated by Congress.

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    Ok, you were most interested in the immigration detention centers.. I was most struck by the plans to move from mass incarceration prisons to community incarceration. Incarcerating folks within their own homes? Using ankle and or wrist cuffs? The way the ptb moved from slavery, to Jim Crow, to mass incarceration, to the new thing of the future, community incarceration... Always having a new form of slavery planned in advance. As we think we have made a step forward we are really taking two steps back, again. And, of course, the ptb have already sussed out how they will profit from this new system to come.

    *smh*
     
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    It's been a while since I watched it. Yes, I am concerned about the want to incarcerate Black folk inside their own home. Also, the private prisons want some type of control over probation and parole.

    I'm concerned with immigration because of the trump focus on immigrants. Black people and others have become aware of the Prison Industrial Complex(PIC)/Private Prisons. The federal government claims it will no longer use private prisons. Lie. Anyway, if the numbers of Black prisoners decrease, the Don has/will provide a steady flow of immigrants, who must spend one year in prison before being deported. This one year can be extended for cause.

    There are several petitions online to sign against tax payer money to pay for private prisons.

    I think it's shady that the PIC was not used by the Donald against Hillary during the campaign. Was that by agreement or because all the white politic know and are getting rich thru the PIC. Hillary was/is heavily involved. The private prisons were her largest Doners until 2015, when she said she would not take any more money from PPs.

    I think it's shady politics that the don did not use the PIC against her.
     
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    Yeah... good point, I get that. Shady politics abounding!

    But, even worse for us, is that the ptb have ALREADY planned out how they will transform mass incarceration into another form of slavery, another for-profit institution. So, all their talk about ending mass incarceration is moot anyway.
     
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