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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:14 am    Post subject: 420 Dysfunction Junction, Incarceration Nation Reply with quote

Incarceration Nation

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and for the first time in the nation's history, more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, according to a report released on Thursday. The report by the Pew Center on the States said the American penal system held more than 2.3 million adults at the start of the year.
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Government Conserving Compassion cn

Record-High Ratio of Americans in Prison By N.C. Aizenman
CN Source: Washington Post February 28, 2008 Washington, DC

More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year, in addition to more than $5 billion spent by the federal government, according to a report released today. With more than 2.3 million people behind bars at the start of 2008, the United States leads the world in both the number and the percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving even far more populous China a distant second, noted the report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States. continued...cn23719

Record-high ratio of Americans in prison
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Thu Feb 28

1 in 100 American Adults Behind Bars, New Study Says

Canada's Bad Prison Situation Is About To Get Worse

Moralism and Gulags

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".
-- Henry VI (Part 2) (Act IV, Scene II)
the play by William Shakespeare

It is said that the position of the Attorney General is the top lawyer of the land. What an insult that is to the legal profession.
Monday, March 10, 2008

Mukasey Puts Latest Crack in Truth on Drugs - a powerful piece in the Chicago Tribune by Carol Brook, Deputy Director of the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois.

This week, my phone has been ringing off the hook.

Mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, voices soft and shaking, ask whether their loved one might be eligible for the new retroactive crack cocaine reduction. When I tell them yes, they cry.

Many of those eligible for sentence reductions have no prior criminal history and were convicted of simple possession. Many more were convicted of distributing just a small amount of crack cocaine one time.

Nonetheless, U.S. Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey recently told Congress that the early release of these offenders would unleash "violent criminals" onto our streets and pose "significant public safety risks."

She goes on to give an excellent bit of history on how all this goes back to the Len Bias incident, along with the racial connections, something I covered here before in Len Bias - the death that ushered in two decades of destruction.

Len Bias - the death that ushered in two decades of destruction
June, 19, 2006

So what's the 100-1 threshhold disparity about?

Amount of drug that triggers federal mandatory minimum cocaine sentences
(for first time offenders)

Powder Cocaine
5-year sentence 500 grams
10-year sentence 5000 grams (5 kilos)

Crack cocaine
5-year sentence 5 grams
10-year sentence 50 grams

So it takes 1/100th the amount of crack to trigger the same mandatory minimum as powder.

Remember, when Len Bias died in 1986, he played basketball for the University of Maryland. Let's see what happened in Maryland after his death.

Treating Medical Problems with Incarceration By Paul F. Campos
CN Source: Metrowest Daily News March 10, 2008 USA

If you knew nothing about Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama other than that Clinton is a 60-year-old white woman and Obama is a 46-year-old black man, you could still calculate the odds that each was in prison. It won't come as any surprise that someone like Obama is, in this crude comparison, more likely to be found behind bars than someone like Clinton. What should shock people is how much more likely we are to incarcerate a 46-year-old black man than a 60-year-old white woman.

Prison Nation Editorial
CN Source: New York Times March 10, 2008 USA

After three decades of explosive growth, the nation’s prison population has reached some grim milestones: More than 1 in 100 American adults are behind bars. One in nine black men, ages 20 to 34, are serving time, as are 1 in 36 adult Hispanic men. Nationwide, the prison population hovers at almost 1.6 million, which surpasses all other countries for which there are reliable figures. The 50 states last year spent about $44 billion in tax dollars on corrections, up from nearly $11 billion in 1987. Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan and Oregon devote as much money or more to corrections as they do to higher education.

Corrections' Rule on Marijuana Criticized By Charles S. Johnson
CN Source: Billings Gazette March 07, 2008 Helena, MT

A number of people Wednesday criticized a state Corrections Department proposal to prohibit anyone on parole or probation from obtaining medical marijuana as a prescription drug, despite a state law that allows it. "This proposed rule is illegal," Tom Daubert of Patients and Families United, a medical marijuana advocacy group, told a hearings officer. "It completely defies Montana's medical-marijuana law."

Police Scoff At Push for Medical Marijuana By Lisa Roose-Church
CN Source: Livingston County Daily March 05, 2008 Michigan

Pot Arrests Up Despite Initiatives, Group Says By Tillie Fong
CN Source: Rocky Mountain News March 05, 2008 Colorado

"More and more people want the police and prosecutors to stop, but they're citing and prosecuting more and more people," said Mason Tvert, executive director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation.

(photo courtesy LACRC.)

Annotated NORML Weekly News for March 6, 2008.
Cannabis Doesn’t Cause Cancer. Don’t tell the Media.
Michigan to Vote On medical marijuana.
Jamaica Talks About Decrim Again.

Posted by Richard Cowan on 2008-03-06 16:20:00
MN Source:

"While studies purporting to uncover alleged harms due to cannabis use receive wide dissemination by the mainstream press, research that fails to find such harms often gets ignored. It will be telling to see if this latest study is the exception or the rule."

Czar’s Strategery

Old Lies in A New Package.
Drug Czar’s “2008 National Drug Control Strategy”
Again Demonstrates the Drug War
Is Really A War on Cannabis Users. Part One "Potency"

Posted by Richard Cowan on 2008-03-03 16:20:00
Source: OiNkDeCePtion/pdf

“The increase in potency may be leading to an increase in marijuana treatment admissions and may worsen the mental health implications of marijuana use.”

The correct term for what this report does is “lying” – a deliberate effort to deceive. They are terrible liars, who lie terribly. It is so long and convoluted that I am going to do my analysis in at least three installments this week.

Czar’s “Strategy” On Medical Marijuana
Aimed At Justifying Raids On Dispensaries.
National Drug Control Strategy 2008 Part Deux
"The Medical Marijuana Movement Manipulation, Not Medicine"

Posted by Richard Cowan on 2008-03-04 16:20:00
MN Source: OiNkDeCePtion/pdf

Of all the absurdities in this “Strategy”, this is the worst, and it leaves one wondering who the intended audience really is. Unfortunately, I think it is aimed primarily at law enforcement, the Drug War’s subsidized constituency (listed on page after page of the “Strategy”), and the sort of people Lenin called the “useful idiots” in the media, like the editors of the Tacoma News Tribune and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Oakland NORML/cms

The Birth of the Crack Baby and the History that “Myths” Make ABSTRACT
This essay explores the creation of the crack baby “myth” in the midst of the hysteria surrounding crack cocaine use in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The analysis ties the crack baby narrative to the manufacture of public support for the legislation enacted in the anti- drug “crusade” responsible for the mass imprisonment trends of the last two decades. I then explain why the narrative had such resonance in American culture, tying it to the conservative reformation movement of the Reagan-Bush Presidencies.
Jason E. Glenn, Institute for the Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555-1311 (409) 772-9332

U.S. Sentencing Commission
Urged by NAACP, Others to ‘Change the Double Standard’

By: Michael H. Cottman

(excerpted–click here for the full article)

Lesson 1: How did it come about that mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses were passed in 1986?(excerpted)

In the 1984 election the Republicans had successfully accused Democrats of being soft on crime. The most important Democratic political leader, House Speaker “Tip” O’Neill, was from Boston, MA. The Boston Celtics had signed Bias. During the July 4 congressional recess, O’Neill’s constituents were so consumed with anger and dismay about Bias’ death, O’Neill realized how powerful an anti-drug campaign would be.

O’Neill knew that for Democrats to take credit for an anti-drug program in November elections, the bill had to get out of both Houses of Congress by early October.

One idea was considered for the first time by the House Judiciary Committee four days before the recess began. It had tremendous political appeal as “tough on drugs.” This was the creation of mandatory minimum sentences in drug cases. It was a type of penalty that had been removed from federal law in 1970 after extensive and careful consideration. But in 1986, no hearings were held on this idea. No experts on the relevant issues, no judges, no one from the Bureau of Prisons, or from any other office in the government, provided advice on the idea before it was rushed through the committee and into law.

The Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 finally passed both houses a few weeks before the November elections.


in 1986, when the federal crack law was debated, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) supported it, and some CBC members pressed for even harsher penalties. A few years earlier it was CBC members and other Democrats in Congress who pushed President Reagan, against his considered judgment, to create the Office of National Drug Control Policy (better known as the drug czar’s office). And it was President Clinton who recently refused in no uncertain terms to change the federal penalty structure for drug crimes.”

Too Many Black Men: The Sentencing Judge's Dilemma
Doris Marie Provine, Law & Social Inquiry,
Vol. 23, No. 4 (Autumn, 1998), pp. 823-856
This article consists of 34 page(s).

What the United States Doesn’t Want You to Know
Sunday, September 02, 2007 (16:22:00)

Fact: On June 19, 1986, an election year, a basketball star from Maryland selected by the NBA for the Boston Celtics, died of a cocaine overdose.

Fact: Len Bias died of a Cocaine overdose not a crack cocaine overdose.

Fact: In 1986, after Bias’ death, the Democrats in Congress saw a political opportunity to outflank Republicans by getting tough on drugs. During the 1984 election year the republicans successfully accused Democrats of being soft on crime. House Speaker Tip O’Neill was from Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics had signed Bias. During the 4th of July Congressional recess, O’Neill’s constituents were so consumed with anger and dismay about Bias’ death that O’Neill realized how powerful an anti-drug campaigned would be and he went for it.

Fact: 2006, and 20 years after Len Bias death, there are more drugs coming to this country, the drugs are cheaper and we haven’t put a dent in stopping the war on drugs. The only thing the U.S. is doing is putting people in prisons and throwing away the key. If the United States wants to stop the war on drugs, why are they still funding Mexico and South America where most of the drugs are coming from? The drug war was not about Len Bias, the drug war was about incarcerating minorities and keeping them in prisons for a long period of time to make products for Victoria’s Secret, Boeing, and Eddie Bauer. These companies subcontracted with companies using low cost prison labor to manufacture everything from aircraft components to lingerie and software packages. The airline TWA contracts with the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency to use prisoners to make airline reservations.

Revealing Shattered Lives
Published in Cannabis Culture magazine. July-August 1999, pp 42-44.
Showing the faces of the drug war; lives and families ruined by extreme prison sentences: Story and photos by Pete Brady

Ganjawar: Prison Slave Labor, Rape & Pillage Deterrent
CC Tue Nov 01, 2005

Slave labor means big bucks for U.S. corporations
At the same time, the United States blasts China for the the use of prison slave labor, engaging in the same practice itself. Prison labor is a pot of gold. No strikes, union organizing, health benefits, unemployment insurance or workers' compensation to pay.

As if exploiting the labor of prison inmates was not bad enough, it is legal in the United States to use slave labor. The 13th Amendment of the Constitution states that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States."

There are approximately 2 million people behind bars in the United States -- more than three times the number of prisoners in 1980. The United States now imprisons more people than any other country in the world. In fact, in the last 20 years California has constructed 21 new prisons while in the same amount of time, it has built only one new university. That statistic is even more astounding when we think about the fact that it took California almost 150 years to build its first 12 prisons. Another five new prisons are under construction and plans are in the works to build another 10.



Tip O'Neill ~ Former Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives
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As always - great work, DdC.


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