These articles address the state of the current prison system in the United States taking on the concepts of innocence vs. a rigged system in the courts and likening the labor of prisoners to an American Slave System, the school-to-prison system, corporate-owned prisons for profit, and more.
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Protesters Highlight Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Expanding Mass Incarceration
The Real News Network April 8, 2016
Writer Yvette Carnell responds to Bill Clinton’s comments to protesters: “You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter”
Original caption (1836): “Franklin & Armfield’s Slave Prison.” Franklin & Armfield was a Virginia slave trading firm. (American Anti-Slavery Society)
Starting Sept. 9, prisoners in the United States will begin a coordinated effort to shut down prisons across the country. They plan to stop working in correctional institutions. Without prisoners doing their jobs, these facilities cannot be run. According to Support Prisoner Resistance, the nationwide prisoner work stoppage will serve as a protest against prison slavery, the school-to-prison pipeline, police terror and post-release controls. (Click on title above to read the full article.)
JARED BALL, TRNN: Welcome, everyone, back to the Real News Network. I’m Jared Ball here in Baltimore. In a new piece published by Truthout.org, our next guest, author James Kilgore, takes on pop culture and its impact on how we understand mass incarceration, particularly the widely popular podcast about a murder case here in Maryland, “Serial,” and the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. Of course, Kilgore’s approach here stands to reason, given that he is a former political prisoner, educator, activist and author of the book Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time. Welcome, James Kilgore, to the Real News Network. (Click on TRANSCRIPT above to read the full interview.)