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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Security impropriety at local jail Opened For Attempted Murder -Conspiracy Investigated

WSVN-TV - Security 
impropriety at local jail leads to investigation:


"Those responsible for the product liability and the Governor are liable, must get out of  the #prisonindustry Chain.




THE MEDIA
...profit from getting high ratings. Crime brings good ratings since it’s
sensational, and people like to watch it (“COPS,” high speed car chases).
In the past ten years, crime has decreased, but the media has covered
crime 6 times as much, making it appear that crime has increased. To be
more sensational, the media exploits racial fears & the fear of poor people,
feeding the racism & poverty of the criminal justice system itself, and
lessening our objections to aggressive policing & mass imprisonment.
P O L I T I C I A N S

(tough on crime!)...play a large part in expanding the
prison system, using the “fear of crime”
to win votes. But the “fear of crime” is
shorthand for racism: the fear of Black &
B r own people & poor people hav i n g
power; a “fear” that became a political
tool during the Civil Rights era. Today,
being “tough on crime” helps maintain
those same structures of segregation and
inequality, helping to fulfill the agendas of
big business, real estate developers,
police & prison guards. While politicians
get big $$ to flex their muscles & invent
new ways to lock more people up, we are
left out of the political process, scared of
our neighbors & afraid for our jobs. 
PRISON
CONSTRUCTION
C O M PA N I E S
...make between $10 million & $500 m i l l i o n to build a prison; the more prisons they build, the more money they make. They contribute money through PACs for “tougher” laws that increase the demand for new prisons, and pay $$ to the politicians who will promise to build them...want more control over resources & political power, and with $$ (lobbying & payoffs) they influence government policy to get it. They compete by paying less for workers, and use unemployment & insecurity to bringdown our wages. Then they demand our tax–$$ for corporate welfare, but refuse to give to social welfare. Instead, they invest in building new prisons, making the problems
they cause “ d i s ap p e a r ” by blaming & criminalizing the poor instead of blameing the policies that make them poor.

The PRISON INDUSTRIALCOMPLEX (the PIC) is the

interaction of all the interests who help expand the prison system, some 
i n t e n t i o n a l l y, some  c o i n c i d e n t a l l y,  but all for reasons other than our safety and justice. Most of them influence prison growth for reasons of their own 
p r o f i t : some profit in terms of c a s h – $ $ ,  others in terms of political pow e r, control of resources & property, or good TV rat i n g s . Some profit from the business of imprisonment, others from having people out of their way, 
“ c r i m i n a l i z e d ”  and locked up. I t ’s a system where  p r o f i t is more important than p e o p l e ; where people are s p l i t along the lines of r a c e ,  gender &
c u l t u r e  so their resources, l a b o r, wealth & p ower can be exploited & monopolized, and prisons make invisible the damage done along the way. Is it a conspiracy? Itdoesn’t have to be—each group’s own interests are set up to grow the system...
P O L I T I CAL AC T I O N
C O M M I T T E E S
R ACIAL PRO F I L I N G
D I S C O N T E N T
RESISTA N C E
...(PACs) 
are for political lobbying by ‘special interest groups.’ While
there are limits to how much money a group can contribute to a
politician directly, they can contribute more $$ indirectly through a PAC.
PACs usually represent a particular issue, industry or interest: prison
g u a r d s and p o l i c e both have their own PACs; p r i vate prison
corporations, prison builders & the industry also give big $$ through
PACs to influence politicians and push new “tough” laws, to build new
prisons and end parole, education & rehab programs. PACs are another
way the PIC monopolizes our political system & profits off crime.

C O U RT S

...are extremely overcrowded. Judges rarely face the
realities that they ‘judge’ each day, nor do they know
the realities of the prisons they send people to. People
without resources spend months & years just waiting
for trial, and most never get any real defense. In order
to speed through cases, the courts push defendants to
“plea–bargain,” where, if they wave their right to trial,
they’ll get a shorter sentence.This manipulation floods
prisons with people who lack resources & don’t know
their rights; People of Color are 3 times as likely to get
harsher sentences than Whites for the same crime.


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more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21011409596586/security-gaffe-at-local-jail-leads-to-investigation/#ixzz2bxkAbbAr



POLICE BRUTA L I T Y 

NO MENTA L

 H E A LTH  T R E AT M E N T 


THINK TA N K S


...are “idea people” for the system. Their job is to invent
new ideas and, like speech writers for politicians, ‘spin’
them into policies the public will like, even if they’ll
actually be harmful. They make undemocratic policy
look like democracy, racism look like justice, destroying
the environment look like progress,weapons abuses
of our Rights look like our “ p r o t e c t i o n . ” “ Z e r o
Tolerance,” “Welfare Reform,” “Urban Revitalization” &
others were invented by think tanks like the Manhattan
Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institute,
American Legislative Exchange Council & the Reason
Public Policy Institute. Owned by weapons builders,
prison builders, privatizers & real estate developers, they
lead the way in mass imprisonment, the War on Drugs &
the War on Terrorism; militarizing borders & criminalizing
immigrants; gentrifying cities & driving out the poor;
destroying welfare & privatizing everything—health care
to prisons & schools. They push for corporate welfare,
d e – r e g u l at i o n & anything to help big business
monopolize our r e s o u r c e s , labor & political system.


BIG INDUSTRY &  C O R P O R AT I O N S

P O O R  E D U CAT I O N,   D ROP OUTS

  U N E M P L OY M E N T,

E X P L O I TATION & OV E R – WO R K

...is money given to big corporations, as tax breaks, subsidies or “hand–outs.” Corporations are the biggest recipient of “government hand–outs,” and each dollar they get is a dollar that won’t get spent on youth, on the elderly, on housing, job training, health care, medicine, poverty & homeless prevention, nutrition or drug treatment, environmental protection and all the things that keep people truly safe, healthy and out of prison. What used to be invested in communities is now invested in police & prisons. Corporate welfare instead of social welfare de–stabilizes communities & pushes people toward prison.



THE MEDIA


...profit from getting high ratings. Crime brings good ratings since it’s
sensational, and people like to watch it (“COPS,” high speed car chases).
In the past ten years, crime has decreased, but the media has covered
crime 6 times as much, making it appear that crime has increased. To be
more sensational, the media exploits racial fears & the fear of poor people,
feeding the racism & poverty of the criminal justice system itself, and
lessening our objections to aggressive policing & mass imprisonment.


THE MEDIA


...profit from getting high ratings. Crime brings good ratings since it’s
sensational, and people like to watch it (“COPS,” high speed car chases).
In the past ten years, crime has decreased, but the media has covered
crime 6 times as much, making it appear that crime has increased. To be
more sensational, the media exploits racial fears & the fear of poor people,
feeding the racism & poverty of the criminal justice system itself, and
lessening our objections to aggressive policing & mass imprisonment.

C O R P O R ATE WELFA R E ...is money given to big corporations, as tax breaks, subsidies or “hand–outs.”

Corporations are the biggest recipient of “government hand–outs,” and each
dollar they get is a dollar that won’t get spent on youth, on the elderly, on
housing, job training, health care, medicine, poverty & homeless prevention,
nutrition or drug treatment, environmental protection and all the things that
keep people truly safe, healthy and out of prison. What used to be invested in
communities is now invested in police & prisons. Corporate welfare instead of
social welfare de–stabilizes communities & pushes people toward prison.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

...profit from growing, and in order to grow, they need us to think that they (and only they) can guarantee our “safety.” In the face of inequality & poverty, their role is to maintain social control and the appearance of “order,” often at the cost of the public’s real safety. They hold great influence over politicians, and have big public relations departments to gain influence over us. They create propaganda like the TV show ‘COPS’ & release their own news stories to the media, sensationalizing crime & justifying their desire for more power, bigger budgets & technology.


P O L I T I C I A N S(tough on crime!)

S E G R E G ATION, EXCLUSION FROM POLITICS, RESOURCES & POWER;
D A I LY V IOL ENC E AGAIN S T P EOP L E OF COLOR , WOMEN, POOR
COMMUNITIES, IMMIGRANT & QUEER COMMUNITIES, MARGINALIZED GROUPS
...play a large part in expanding the prison system, using the “fear of crime” to win votes. But the “fear of crime” is shorthand for racism: the fear of Black & B r own people & poor people hav i n g power; a “fear” that became a political tool during the Civil Rights era. Today, being “tough on crime” helps maintain those same structures of segregation and inequality, helping to fulfill the agendas of big business, real estate developers, police & prison guards. While politicians get big $$ to flex their muscles & invent new ways to lock more people up, we are left out of the political process, scared of our neighbors & afraid for our jobs.


  PRISON CONSTRUCTION C O M PA N I E S

...make between $10 million & $500 m i l l i o n to build a prison; the more prisons they build, the more money they make. They contribute money through PACs for “tougher” laws that increase the demand for new prisons, and pay $$ to the politicians who will promise to build them. ...want more control over resources & political power, and with $$ (lobbying & payoffs) they influence government policy to get it. They compete by paying less for workers, and use unemployment & insecurity to bring down our wages. Then they demand our tax–$$ for corporate welfare, but refuse to give to social welfare. Instead, they invest in building new prisons, making the problems they cause “ d i s ap p e a r ” by blaming & criminalizing the poor instead of blameing  the policies that make them poor.

BIG INDUSTRY &  C O R P O R AT I O N S

P O O R  E D U CAT I O N,   D ROP OUTS

  U N E M P L OY M E N T,

E X P L O I TATION & OV E R – WO R K

...is money given to big corporations, as tax breaks, subsidies or “hand–outs.” Corporations are the biggest recipient of “government hand–outs,” and each dollar they get is a dollar that won’t get spent on youth, on the elderly, on housing, job training, health care, medicine, poverty & homeless prevention, nutrition or drug treatment, environmental protection and all the things that keep people truly safe, healthy and out of prison. What used to be invested in communities is now invested in police & prisons. Corporate welfare instead of social welfare de–stabilizes communities & pushes people toward prison.





C O R P O R ATE WELFA R E LAW ENFORCEMENT

...profit from growing, and in order to grow, they need us to think that they (and only they) can guarantee our “safety.” In the face of inequality & poverty, their role is to maintain social control and the appearance of “order,” often at the cost of the public’s real safety. They hold great influence over politicians, and have big public relations departments to gain influence over us. They create propaganda like the TV show ‘COPS’ & release their own news stories to the media, sensationalizing crime & justifying their desire for more power, bigger budgets & technology.

POLICE BRUTA L I T Y 

NO MENTA L

 H E A LTH  T R E AT M E N T 


THINK TA N K S


...are “idea people” for the system. Their job is to invent
new ideas and, like speech writers for politicians, ‘spin’
them into policies the public will like, even if they’ll
actually be harmful. They make undemocratic policy
look like democracy, racism look like justice, destroying
the environment look like progress,weapons & abuses
of our Rights look like our “ p r o t e c t i o n . ” “ Z e r o
Tolerance,” “Welfare Reform,” “Urban Revitalization” &
others were invented by think tanks like the Manhattan
Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institute,
American Legislative Exchange Council & the Reason
Public Policy Institute. Owned by weapons builders,
prison builders, privatizers & real estate developers, they
lead the way in mass imprisonment, the War on Drugs &
the War on Terrorism; militarizing borders & criminalizing
immigrants; gentrifying cities & driving out the poor;
destroying welfare & privatizing everything—health care
to prisons & schools. They push for corporate welfare,
d e – r e g u l at i o n & anything to help big business
monopolize our r e s o u r c e s , labor & political system.



NO HEALT H CA R E MEDICINE COSTS TOO MUCH! LIMITED AC C E S S TO RESOURCES 

M A L N U T R I T I O N URBAN DEVELOPERS 

( g e n t r i f i c a t i o n )

...make their money by “developing” cities for commercial business & new wealthy residents, and that means driving out & locking up “the poor.” Whether it’s public housing, parks &
community gardens, or homeless, u n e m p l oyed & retired residents, whether it’s locally owned stores or anything in the way of big money making, they buy it up, arrest it, destroy or imprison it. They work with banks & the city, who also profit from more wealthy residents, tourists & shoppers
coming in. Together, they undermine community relations & economies, pull
out resources & drive down property values (‘red–lining’), and provoke violence through “aggressive policing”: h a r a s s m e n t , brutality & profiling.





POLLUTION & 

E N V I RO N M E N TA LH A Z A R D S


...depend on the number of members in their unions: more members = more power. They push for harsher laws because that means more prisoners; more prisoners mean more prisons, more jobs, and their unions GROW. Guards are politically powerful & push for laws that make new things ‘a crime,’ that keep more people locked up for longer & make life harder on prisoners. They push to
make themselves less accountable for brutalizing prisoners, attack prisoners’ rights and access to their families, libraries & rehab programs, thinking that will also keep prisoners locked up longer. They support victims’ rights groups and use them as a front to get public s y m p athy & consent.
...work like hotels: the more ‘beds’ they fill, the more $$ they make. They are built by corporations when the state is locking up so many people that it runs out of beds, helping the system to grow even more. To profit, these corporations need prisons to keep growing, & continually lobby
for new laws & tough–on–crime politicians who’ll lock up more people for longer. Financed by our tax $$, they pocket as much as they can by cutting serv i c e s , p r o g r a m s , & using
prisoners’ labor on the facilities. They turn prisoners into commodities & products, and like public prisons, have high levels of abuse, violence & neglect, making peoples’ lives more dangerous than ‘ s a f e . ’ ...profit from warehousing people. T h e y warehouse the people society has no place for & discriminates against, while disappearing the neglect and abuses they suffer. Prisons are warehouses for: racism, s e x i s m , h o m o p h o b i a , p o v e r t y, u n e m p l oy m e n t , 
i l l i t e r acy,  a d d i c t i o n , h o m e l e s s n e s s , public & mental health crises, environmental destruction, government & corporate corruption, and other things that make people powerless. A prison’s funding is based on the number of prisoners it holds & the “security level” it provides, so “profit” comes by getting more prisoners, building more cells & u n i t s , and r e - classifying prisoners as “ m o r e dangerous.” Instead of eliminating injustice, this makes more room for injustice to be waged on the outside. Prisons are violence & confront problems with violence. They teach us that violence is how we solve our conflicts, send violence back into our communities, cripple our families and drain our political power...

PRISONS & JAILS BIG AG R I – B U S I N E S S

...is ‘corporate’ farming. It has taken over most of the
farming and agriculture in the U.S. & abroad, putting small
farmers out of business & replacing workers with high
powered machinery.The resulting loss of jobs and resources
has forced many poor, rural towns into wanting a prison,
to bring jobs in guarding the similarly poor from urban areas.



THE WAR ON DRUGS


...offers big $$ and resources to law enforcement if
they police & imprison for drugs. Similar to new policies
for policing immigrants & youth, it’s an example of
“follow the money policing,” where the profits offered
by both federal grant $$ and the property they can seize
during drug busts become resources & incentives to
profile, harrass, brutalize & imprison. Largely designed
by Think Tanks, it has enabled unprecedented control
over poor communities & communities of color through
a near–permanent police presence, s u rveillance &
violence against countless youth, homeless, jobless,
and mothers who’ve been pushed off of Welfare.



PRISONS
& JAILS
BIG AG R I – B U S I N E S S

...is ‘corporate’ farming. It has taken over most of the
farming and agriculture in the U.S. & abroad, putting small
farmers out of business & replacing workers with high
powered machinery.The resulting loss of jobs and resources
has forced many poor, rural towns into wanting a prison,
to bring jobs in guarding the similarly poor from urban areas.

VICTIMS’ RIGHTS GROUPS


...came out in the last 15 years. They say, “why do ‘criminals’ have
all the rights? What about the rights of victims?” They often include
people who’ve suffered tragedy, lost loved ones & property, and
are frustrated by the unaccountabilty of the justice system. But
they are usually organized & paid for by law enforcement groups
& ‘tough–on–crime’ pushers, who organize their pain into a voice
for vengeance & political gain. Both prison guards & police exploit
their tragedies to extend their influence over politicians, pushing
harsher sentences, dehumanization, & distraction from the true
problems on the outside—the injustices of the larger system.

THE WAR ON DRUGS


...offers big $$ and resources to law enforcement if
they police & imprison for drugs. Similar to new policies
for policing immigrants & youth, it’s an example of
“follow the money policing,” where the profits offered
by both federal grant $$ and the property they can seize
during drug busts become resources & incentives to
profile, harrass, brutalize & imprison. Largely designed
by Think Tanks, it has enabled unprecedented control
over poor communities & communities of color through
a near–permanent police presence, s u rveillance &
violence against countless youth, homeless, jobless,
and mothers who’ve been pushed off of Welfare.



P R I VATE PRISONS (“for-profits”)PRISON GUARD UNIONSThe PRISON INDUSTRIAL
COMPLEX

(the PIC) is the

interaction of all the interests who help expand the prison system, some i n t e n t i o n a l l y,
some c o i n c i d e n t a l l y, but all for reasons other than our safety and justice. Most of
them influence prison growth for reasons of their own p r o f i t : some profit in terms of
c a s h – $ $ , others in terms of political pow e r, control of resources & property, or good
TV rat i n g s . Some profit from the business of imprisonment, others from having people
out of their way, “ c r i m i n a l i z e d ” and locked up. I t ’s a system where p r o f i t is more
important than p e o p l e ; where people are s p l i t along the lines of r a c e , gender &
c u l t u r e so their resources, l a b o r, wealth & p ower can be exploited & monopolized,
and prisons make invisible the damage done along the way. Is it a conspiracy? It doesn’t have to be—each group’s own interests are set up to grow the system...


HOUSING CRISIS
A D D I C T I O N
THE MEDIA
PRIMARY
INFLUENCES:

 The police & prison system itself; those who profit directly from building new prisons & getting more jobs by locking up more people.

SECONDARYINFLUENCES:

One step removed from prisons, supplying them with prisoners, s e rvices &
g o o d s . They profit indirectly by
locking up more people.

IDEOLOGICAL
INFLUENCES:

Influence how we think a b o u t different groups of people, crime, p o v e rty & prisons;
they use “crime” as a tool to divide, to blame, & to justify inequality. 

HOUSING CRISIS
A D D I C T I O N
THE MEDIA
PRIMARY
INFLUENCES:

 The police & prison system itself; those who profit directly from building new
prisons & getting more jobs by locking up more people.

SECONDARYINFLUENCES:

One step removed from prisons, supplying them with prisoners, s e rvices &
g o o d s . They profit indirectly by
locking up more people.

IDEOLOGICAL
INFLUENCES:

Influence how we think a b o u t different groups of people, crime, p o v e rty & prisons;
they use “crime” as a tool to divide, to blame, & to justify inequality. 

E N V I R O N M E N TA L
INFLUENCES:

Create the environment of inequality & violence that push p e o p l e t o w a rd prison; they exploit, destroy and rob communities of progress and development.

P R O B L E M S
C A U S E D  BY
INEQUALITY:

the results of powerlessness, social control & the ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES on
communities; ‘prisons on the outside’, problems that go untreated or get
criminalized & fed into prisons.


INFLUENCES ON PRISON GROWTH:


EXCLUSION FROM POLITICS,
D I S E N F R A N C H I S E M E N T

PROSECUTING AT TO R N E YS , DA s


...are all elected, based on how many “convictions” they get
(putting people in prison or giving the death penalty, etc.). They
exploit the tragedies of crime–victims to advance their
records, while driving the public’s fear of crime through the
media. They get extra convictions by pushing naive, ‘small
time’ defendants into plea–bargains, and through the District
Attorneys’ Association, constantly push for more power & new
ways to convict people: harsher, ‘big headline’ sentences,
‘mandatory minimum’ laws like ‘3 Strikes,’ or new crimes to
give the death penalty to. They push for longer prison time &
discourage effective alternatives to advance their own careers.


#P R I S O NI N D U S TY  R I E S


...are like any other industry: they need to ‘grow.’ They sell the products that go into the
building, maintaining & servicing of prisons. E v e ry t h i n g t h at feeds, cl o t h e s , h o u s e s ,
cares for & educates prisoners are sold for profit. But profits equire growth, and in prisons,
that means more prisoners. So they give campaign $$$ to politicians & PA C s , to pass new “tough” laws and lock more people up for longer.




V I O L E N C E

#P R I S O NI N D U S TY  R I E S


...are like any other industry: they need to ‘grow.’ They sell the products that go into the
building, maintaining & servicing of prisons. E v e ry t h i n g t h at feeds, cl o t h e s , h o u s e s ,
cares for & educates prisoners are sold for profit. But profits equire growth, and in prisons,
that means more prisoners. So they give campaign $$$ to politicians & PA C s , to pass new “tough” laws and lock more people up for longer.

DAY TO DAY INSECURITYH O M E L E S S N E S S

...are extremely overcrowded. Judges rarely face the realities that they ‘judge’ each day, nor do they know the realities of the prisons they send people to. People without resources spend months & years just waiting for trial, and most never get any real defense. In order to speed through cases, the courts push defendants to “plea–bargain,” where, if they wave their right to trial, they’ll get a shorter sentence.This manipulation floods prisons with people who lack resources & don’t know
their rights; People of Color are 3 times as likely to get harsher sentences than Whites for the same crime.


C O U RT S THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
P O L I T I CAL  AC T I O N C O M M I T T E E S R ACIAL PRO F I L I N G D I S C O N T E N T& RESISTA N C E

...(PACs) are for political lobbying by ‘special interest groups.’ While
there are limits to how much money a group can contribute to a
politician directly, they can contribute more $$ indirectly through a PAC.
PACs usually represent a particular issue, industry or interest: prison
g u a r d s and p o l i c e both have their own PACs; p r i vate prison
corporations, prison builders & the industry also give big $$ through
PACs to influence politicians and push new “tough” laws, to build new
prisons and end parole, education & rehab programs. PACs are another
way the PIC monopolizes our political system & profits off crime. S U RV E I L L A N C E ...lend money to the state for building new prisons: MILLIONS OF $$$!  Since the 1980s,
we taxpayers have refused to pay for building more prisons, so now the state goes
around, us by getting bank loans which we pay back later, plus interest! The banks profit
millions from this interest, and the state grows its prison system without our approval.


INVESTMENT BANKSFEAR & HATRED OFI M M I G R A N T S :X E N O P H O B I ARURAL ECONOMICD E V E L O P E R S


...are in charge of bringing jobs & industry to rural areas.
Farms have closed, factories & plants have left the country,
and many are left behind, unemployed & desperate.While the
state used to offer such communities public projects, building
roads, parks or dams, it now offers prisons for “economic
development.” Communities who try to profit from a prison
help the PIC to grow, but are really victims of the PIC, since
prisons inevitably under–develop communities rather than
develop, weakening local economies & increasing their
dependence on the state & the imprisonment of others..


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