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The US Imprisons 2.2 Million People–Incarceration Is Big Business by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
July 29, 2013

Arrested

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Debbie Bourne, 45, was at her apartment in the Liberty Village housing projects in Plainfield, N.J., on the afternoon of April 30 when police banged on the door and pushed their way inside. The officers ordered her, her daughter, 14, and her son, 22, who suffers from autism, to sit down and not move and then began ransacking the home. Bourne’s husband, from whom she was estranged and who was in the process of moving out, was the target of the police, who suspected him of dealing cocaine. As it turned out, the raid would cast a deep shadow over the lives of three innocents—Bourne and her children.

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The murder of a teenage boy by an armed vigilante, George Zimmerman, is only one crime set within a legal and penal system that has criminalized poverty. Poor people, especially those of color, are worth nothing to corporations and private contractors if they are on the street. In jails and prisons, however, they each can generate corporate revenues of $30,000 to $40,000 a year. This use of the bodies of the poor to make money for corporations fuels the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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2 Responses

  1. The stench of Nazi-style tactics is getting stronger by the day. Forget about being a ‘democracy’…fascistic police state is more like it.

    • I must concur peskyvera. It is sickening.

      Reagan red-lined the inner city areas in the demon eighties and along came crack to fill the void. Now everything stinks, all the way to Richistan.

      Psychopaths, thieves and bullies in “shiny, black FBI shoes” as Bill Burroughs so charmingly captioned it. The gilt is off the star-spangled gingerbread now. Welcome to the Brave New Mafia Empire.

      The love affair is over USA. It all just sucks. It won’t be long now before the world kicks you out of bed, down the stairs and through the “safe-house” door.

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