USA has more prisoners than all of Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand, & Brazil combined !

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Yesterday I posted a diary with indisputable statistical evidence from the UNITED KINGDOM's KING's College of LONDON International Centre for Prison Studies that revealed that although the United States of America has only 4% of the world's "Black" population it contains over half of the Earth's "Black" Prisoners. The reason I use the term "Black" is to make it very clear who is being unjustly imprisoned. There are nearly 2 Million "Blacks" imprisoned worldwide with over 1 Million of them being African Americans incarcerated here in the USA.

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More Africans in US Prisons than in all of Africa's Prisons combined*

In fact it's worse than even that since the United States of America has only 4% of the world's "Black" population yet it contains over half of the Earth's "Black" Prisoners.

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In the USA there are now over 1 Million African Americans in Prison. In the United States there are approximately 39 Million citizens of African descent comprising 13% of the overall population however African Americans make up around 50% of America's Prison Population.

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Congress is Addicted to War on Drugs

Most people assume that the Drug War began when President Nixon declared a War on Drugs 38 years ago on June 17,1971. In fact the first drug law enacted in this nation dates back all the way to 1875 where in the City of San Francisco Opium Smoking was banned. The first Federal drug law was passed over 92 years ago in 1915 with the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. Which made it illegal to possess Opium (Heroin & Morphine) and also Cocaine.

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Let Ludford call Bush a Liar

I heard the fear of an immature child afraid of getting in trouble for selling lemonade after dark (again), knowing he was about to get grounded for being out too late, and the "lemonade" is so watered down, nobody wants to buy it. Anyone have a child that gets really mad when they are about to get in trouble? That's a reason I see him referred to as "Bush Baby."

LUDFORD CALLS BUSH A LIAR FOR US ALL (he is one of the bare few who CAN)-not official headline, just eternal gratitude-

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More on Mandatory Sentencing: The Big Taboo of The California Prison Debate

Cross-posted from Calitics: the progressive community blog for California.

Last week, I wrote an article about the 3 Strikes Law and its effect on the California prison system.  Of course, Arnold is talking about building more prisons.  But, the problem is really deeper than that.  And in today's California Report on KQED, a discussion about California's prisons centered around the question of whether to build new prisons and how to actually incorporate the "and Rehabilitation" to the Department of Corrections.  Of course, the question of the strength of the prison guards union, CCPOA, came up.  Strangely, the CCPOA's defense to that claim was "If we controlled the system, would we really be complaining so strenuously." I'm not sure that such a statement is really their best argument, but that's really a sidebar to this discussion.  A real kernel of truth was revealed at the end, when the commentator said that (rough paraphrase), "After the election, perhaps the government can face what has been the big taboo of the prison debate, the mandatory sentencing guidelines which are keeping thousands of prisoners in prison."  The actual program will likely appear on the California Report website tomorrow, I will try to correct it then.


Indeed, mandatory sentencing is the Big Taboo.  In Joel Dyer's The Perpetual Prisoner Machine: How America Profits from Crime, he explains why mandatory sentencing is so important to the prison industrial complex.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, the most powerful judge in the nation right now, said the following of mandatory sentencing:


I think I'm in agreement with most judges in the federal system that mandatory minimums are an imprudent, unwise and often unjust mechanism for sentencing - Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1994 Congressional hearings


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