- Politics and Social Issues
American Prison History
Charles Dickens said that the Quaker penitentiary was "cruel and wrong" and that "this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body."
American Quakers in 1790 'reformed' a section of th Philadelphia's Walnut Street Jail via solitary labor and a bible in order to make the prisonors become penitent.
USA has the highest prison population in the world - more than China.The state with the highest adult AND children population is Nevada, the state that has legalized prostitution and gambling, insuring that Nevada will continue to pump out unemployable graduates from these schools of crime because a convicted felon suffers disenfranchisement of various civil rights including voting rights.
Is America's justice system criminal?
Why has Arizona's increased the Department of Corrections budget - while every other single other government service were slashed or ended? It's because the prisons will be full of imported convicts from other states such as California . In California, the cost to incarcerate a single inmate is $49,000 a year. Some people say it's OK - that these are private for profit prisons. So why are the Arizona taxpayers subsidizing this corporate welfare?
Who is pushing these construction projects that doesn't appear to fill the needs of Arizona's people? According to "In Defense of Flogging", Peter Moskos writes that correctional unions and private prisons were the corporateers who pushed Arizona's SB-1070 anti-immigration law.
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