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Post  MichaelaSJ Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:34 pm

I know I am a very political person, but sometimes somethings need to be shouted from the rooftops.

Today, our new POTUS Biden signed an Executive Order not renewing any contracts for private prisons. THIS IS GOOD, VERY GOOD. Every state, including my California, should do the same.

The only way private prisons make money is by having a fully populated prisoner population. This means that governments are necessarily complicit in sentencing convicted individuals to a private prison. Many states, my California included, entered into contracts with private prison operators that required the states to maintain a high level of prisoners to keep the private prisons profitable.

What this means, and especially for people of color, is that sentencing recommendations necessarily mean sending an individual to a private prison when the same level of justice could have been meted out through probation or some other type on non-incarceration.

Many states, primarily in the southern U.S., are sending minor offenders off to very lengthy sentences for possession of small amounts of drugs, or for minor theft offenses simply to meet occupation requirements at their private prisons.

At least now, federally, offenders of minor offenders will have a chance of not being incarcerated because there will be a need to justify the cost of jailing an offender versus the cost of probation.

There are people who NEED to be jailed. But being black or Hispanic or Asian or a lower income White person should not be the reason to be sent off to a prison run simply for profit.

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Post  Kidagakash Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:04 am

I have been saying this for years. I recently lost 26 months of my life to prison becauase I had several of what are supposed to be minor violations of supervision. State run jails are guilty of this practice as well. The town I live in is building a new jail. The towns population is 1100. The entire county is only a few thousand. Current jail holds 7 or 8 people. The new one can hold dozens. Why? They will get paid by other counties to hold prisoners for them. How do I know? I spent about 10 months there and learned it from staff. The state prisons are given a much larger alottment of funds per inmate than they actually use. The average prison meal cost is less than a dollar. And the majority of menial labor is provided by inmates at a rate.of 50 centa per hour and they take half.of that until court costs are paid. The whole rehabilitation system is a joke. Its a revolving door system stacked against the peoplw thet are supposed to be helping. Supervision ia a nightmare. You can go to jail from so many things. I got out after 26 months in june. Because of covid im at more of a disadvantage for work than ever. Im told by my officer all the time that ill find a job.if.i try. I tried every possible.place i am capable of working at. My specialty? Food service and hospitality. What few jobs are around have way more.competition and im at the bottom of the pile. The one job I was able to get, a sawmill,let me go my first day claiming the guy i replaced wanted his job back. Nice for him huh. They assured me when an opening cake up id be first in line. Big lie. I cant go to a bigger town for work because i cant afford it. Halfway houses are overloaded. The only reason im not.on the streets is i had a few grand in savings and the one thing they wete able to give me was food stamps. Over 300 a month because its been boosted. In a feq.months i wont even be able to pit gas in my car let alone insure it. Ive had major depression since release, partially due to the prison shrink refusing to acknowledge my conditon and pulling my medication with no substitute. I do nothing anymore but sit around here reading online and trying to scrape.up enough human contact to not lose it. Until I adopted a cat I was talking to myself all.day and it was.starting to get wierd. The one major thing that has given me enough hope to keep going is finally getting hormone care. Thats.actually helped a ton but.my life ia still pretty pointless. In jail all i did was sit alone and read and draw all day. I spent months at a time seeing nobody but the guard on their rounds.or the person who brings my food. Pretty much nothing has changed in that routine. One.must never give up hope because thats all that carries.one through things like this. So glad i have internet and a keyboard.to play. Good grief I really went off there. Sorry the topic here is really close to me. I support the removal of private prisons. They dont just hurt inmates they hurt our whole country.

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Post  Lesley Niyori Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:09 pm

Bunny says just say a loud NO!! to private prisons.

I could list the reasons, but it would take all day.

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Post  Maple Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:11 am

It's not just the inmate that suffer with the privatized prison system.
The inmates and their Families in most places have to pay the prison inflated prices for all the basics.

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