Gulag America

Today, America crossed an ominous threshold. One of out every one hundred American adults is incarcerated. In jail. Behind bars. Right now. 1 of 100. This is unprecedented in American history, unprecedented anywhere.

The story is covered by the Associated press and comes via the Raw Story website:

“Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 — one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world.

“According to the report, the inmate population increased last year in 36 states and the federal prison system.

“The largest percentage increase — 12 percent — was in Kentucky, where Gov. Steve Beshear highlighted the cost of corrections in his budget speech last month. He noted that the state's crime rate had increased only about 3 percent in the past 30 years, while the state's inmate population has increased by 600 percent.

“The Pew report was compiled by the Center on the State's Public Safety Performance Project, which is working directly with 13 states on developing programs to divert offenders from prison without jeopardizing public safety.

“The report said prison growth and higher incarceration rates do not reflect a parallel increase in crime or in the nation's overall population. Instead, it said, more people are behind bars mainly because of tough sentencing measures, such as "three-strikes" laws, that result in longer prison stays.

“‘For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling,’” the report said. ‘While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine.

“The nationwide figures, as of Jan. 1, include 1,596,127 people in state and federal prisons and 723,131 in local jails — a total 2,319,258 out of almost 230 million American adults.

“The report said the United States is the world's incarceration leader, far ahead of more populous China with 1.5 million people behind bars. It said the U.S. also is the leader in inmates per capita (750 per 100,000 people), ahead of Russia (628 per 100,000) and other former Soviet bloc nations which make up the rest of the Top 10.”

What's going on? We better start figuring it out because there is every indication that Bush & Friends want to push those numbers even higher (continued below video)

And why?

Privately owned jails and other profit motives.

See (below) how a for-profit business operates a new kind of prison that incarcerates infants and small children. Now. Today. Not a paranoid fantasy. A new growth industry for America.

Running prisons is now big business - and we know how big business operates...

1. Find corrupt politicians (not hard to do)

2. Pay them off or cut them in

3. Reap the rewards


Prototype for a nationwide concentration camp system

Did you know that the US federal government has not only set up but is also currently operating a prison that holds entire families - including infants, children and nursing and pregnant women?

It's located in Taylor, Texas and it's operated by Corrections Corporation of America, a privately owned corporation.

This short film by Matt Gossage and Lily Keber is one of the only public reports on this prison. Otherwise this subject has been entirely censored by the US news media.

For more on Hutto, click here.

1 comment:

ajohnstone said...

More that 900,000 people are currently listed as suspected terrorists on the US government's "do not fly" list, and that number will grow to beyond one million by summer, says the American Civil Liberties Union.


The ACLU has launched a new Web site to track the growth of the watch list, which it says includes thousands of innocent Americans, including prominent politicians and authors as well as people with common names. The ACLU argues it violates the constitutional rights of innocent people on the list who are hassled by airport security.