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More Prisons, Higher Profits  -  by Kaley Kennedy

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4333

"Criticism of cheap prison labour is something often aimed at privately owned US super jails, but here in Canada, thousands of imprisoned people form a labour pool where wages dip below a dollar an hour. Every year, about 4,800 inmates across the country participate in CORCAN work programs.

Inmates are paid a maximum of $6.90 per day, have no vacation time or vacation pay and need clearance from a health professional to take a sick day. Overtime pay is just $1 per hour and inmates are required to hand over 25 per cent of any earnings over $69 biweekly, for room and board.

Prison expansion allows for a larger inmate workforce..."


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If you type in "prison corporation" in any search engine you get a pretty good idea on what The Harper govt is up too..No question they want to turn the prison industry into a money making enterprise for a select few dirty tory scumbags  and to do so means creating more laws to fill quotos...something we are witnessing with the introduction of new laws by the truckload....as for profit prisons can only be profitable if packed. Basically get rid of the conservatives before they get rid of you should be the Canadian motto right now....this election fraud is a golden opportunity if there ever was one.

 

Private Prison Company to Demand 90% Occupancy

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-QvXax88J8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0eQgUpkJ1Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns8LD5Q8ecc

 


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This is Harper's idea of a multi-pronged approach to unemployment in this challenging economic climate.  It seeks to encourage a reduction in the overall figures by potentially creating more jobs for the prison industry, while simultaneously incarcerating as many of those as possible who make up the statistics; thereby removing them entirely from consideration within the unemployment rate.  You have to admit that it represents a far more aggressive strategy than the elementary one used by the Americans, where they simply stop counting people as being unemployed when they run out of benefits.


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Thank you Buddy - Slumberjack - very informative.

Stephen Harper's corporate jails - this from a prime minister who oversaw the rigging of his own election. Someone should be up front and center, maybe eclipsing that Rae guy, I wouldn't even care if it was the green party - just someone else to add to Rae's voice. I can't believe it isn't a bigger issue.

Anyway, I can only add, anyone growing 5+ cannabis plants gets a 1 year sentence under the omnibus crime law - the judge has no say.

Oh and cyber crime. that's next, they'll find a way to arrest folk for their net activity.


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Prison Spending Trumps Seniors for Harper Government

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Prison+spending+trumps+seniors+Harper+g...

"The Harper government is prioritizing new prison spending over maintaining senior's retirement benefits, for reasons known only to itself. This when Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has just confirmed the upcoming federal budget will outline age-based eligibility deays to Old Aged Security, for even the neediest seniors..."

long past time for this government to go...


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Here's the action Harper wants a piece of..

Locking Down an American Workforce in the Prison-Corporate Complex

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/19-4?nocache=1

"Prison labor as the past - and future - of American 'free market' capitalism.."


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Prisoner Self-Injury on the Rise in Canada (and vid)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/10/11/pol-prisoner-self-harm-...

"Biggest spike among Aboriginal women offenders..."

Canada's gulag horror show


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There's an amazing new documentary out called "The House I Live In" that I can't recommend strongly enough. It's about how the "war on drugs" fuels the prison industry and the devestating effectgs of imprisoning so many people both for what prison is like on the inside and how it screws up the lives of families left behind and leaves ex-felons really screwed in terms of getting jobs when they get out. It's American where these issues are even worse but could applies pretty well to Canada as well.


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The House I Live In (trailer)

http://vimeo.com/35282281

 

Rape in America's Prisons  -  by David Rosen

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/12/rape-in-americas-prisons/

"...The prison-industrial complex, like the military-industrial system, is a self-perpetuating racket in which victory means failure. Like the military industrial system's demand for an eternal enemy, the prison-industrial complex would collapse without an inexhaustible stream of criminals..."


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I just watched the Harry Belafonte movie Sing Your Song (2011). He went ballistic when he saw the five-year-old black girl being arrested and put in handcuffs for the huge crime of being "unruly". One of the quotes from that segment of the movie, where they talk about the USA having the largest prison population in the world, and it's a majority coloured men and women population, that "incarceration is the new slavery".

Awesome film - see it if you can.


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Tens of Thousands of California Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike The strikers are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement and better prison conditions.

On Monday, July 8, prisoners at the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a mass hunger strike to protest long-term solitary confinement. It is not the first time such an action has taken place. In 2011, prisoners staged two separate hunger strikes to protest their continued placement in long-term solitary confinement.

Hunger strikers issued five core demands:

1. Eliminate group punishments for individual rules violations.

2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.

3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to long-term solitary confinement.

4. Provide adequate food.

5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates....

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/11-6


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I've never really understood the prison system. I just don't see what it's supposed to solve.


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On one extreme, people like Paul Bernardo and Clifford Olsen need to be kept off the streets. A person who grew a little pot? Obviously not. There are corporate fraudsters or white collar criminals who are acting with impunity, stealing the life savings of Canadians and others worldwide. No one would miss them and the lawyers, geologists, and accountants who enable them.

Is there a causal link between locking up criminals and the crime rate? As US incarceration rates go up, their crime rates seem to be falling. Another argument is that if you legalize abortion, crime rates go down a generation later. Locking up people to prevent them from committing more crimes is called the "prophylactic" aspect of criminal "justice".

The other cliche is that the population needs "to see justice being done", which is called the "retributive" or "punitive" aspect of criminal "justice". Some victims need to see their abusers being punished before they can get closure. An eye for an eye. This is sometimes known as the "therapeutic" aspect, "therapeutic" for the victims of crime and not the perpetrators of it.

Finally, advocates of prisons cite the "deterrent" aspect of the system. This only works if people think that they are always being watched. Throw in an "all-seeing" God who will send you to hell, even if you are not caught by police, and you will walk the straight and narrow. Most people walk the "straight and narrow" because they think they will be caught for doing otherwise.


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CanadaOrangeCat wrote:

Locking up people to prevent them from committing MORE crimes is called the "prophylactic" aspect of criminal "justice". [emphasis added]

Sorry to be way, way off topic, but locking up innocent people  (either figuratively through coerced outpatient drugging or literally through hospitalization) to prevent them from committing crimes at all is called "mental health legislation." Trouble is, there's no trial, no jury. It just takes two shrinks to sign you in and then you've had it. There's time for an awful lot of injections before you're granted the courtesy of a review panel.

But thanks for your response. I'll read it seriously in a minute. Just needed to get that off my chest. Sorry.


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Will California Prison Hunger Strike Lead to Gitmo-Style Force-Feeding?

http://rt.com/usa/california-hunger-strike-feed-125/

"Amid a massive hunger-strike being waged across the state of California by thousands of prisoners in several facilities, officials may move to begin force-feeding inmates if it could prevent a larger uprising from occurring..."


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Hunger Strike in the Empire of Dungeons  -  by Glen Ford

http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/hunger-strike-empire-dungeons

"Thousands of inmates are pitting their bodies against the State of California, which is determined to reduce them to 'non-persons, groveling masses of flesh.' But the incarceration State 'is not in the habit of acting in good faith, even with the judicial branch of government, on prison matters, much less negotiating with inmates."

 

California Prison Guards Retaliate Against Hunger Strikers, Lawyers Say

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/19/california-prison-guards-retaliate...

"Prison Guards are trying to break a hunger strike including thousands of prisoners in California by blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and in one case, banning lawyers according to legal representatives and relatives.

Authorities have taken the actions, it is alleged, in retaliation for a strike which entered its 12th day on Friday, putting pressure on the state's troubled penal system. Lawyers say the health of the men is bieng put at risk..."

 

California Prison Focus: Struggle Against Torture Continues, 2,500 still refusing meals; Demands still unmet after two years.

Sign Petition

Visit Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity for Updates and events:

http://www.prisons.org/hungerstrike.htm


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CanadaOrangeCat wrote:

On one extreme, people like Paul Bernardo and Clifford Olsen need to be kept off the streets.

The extreme end of callous disregard for life is neither of those people. His name is Edward Burkhardt and he has killed way more people.  He is not going to jail despite being a repeat offender in negligence. His cut throat business practices killed 50 people. He needs to be jailed before his addiction to profit claims more innocent lives.

The drive for all three men is power over others and they display the same sociopathic disregard for others.


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PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE EMERGENCY ALERT!

Greetings to all Pledge signers,

Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers. As you may have heard, the hunger strike began on July 8 with California 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.

The California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ (CDCr) has begun to retaliate against the vocal spokespeople for the hunger strikers, who are located in Pelican Bay and Corcoran State Prisons. Our Pledge of Resistance Alert today will focus on the extreme brutality of prison authorities against the Representatives of the hunger strikers, who are in Pelican Bay State Prison.

The CDCr is also trying to undermine legal and community support of the hunger strikers. They have just issued ‘banning’ orders to Marilyn McMahon, an attorney for many of the Reps in Pelican Bay, denying her access to her clients.

Most likely, prison officials will not be thrilled to get your phone calls and emails, so please be determined and polite in trying to send your phone and email messages. Whether you get a voice or a voice mail, they will know you are watching them, and want them to Stop the Torture.

RETALIATION AGAINST PELICAN BAY PRISONER REPRESENTATIVES:
On July 11, PBSP prison authorities removed 14 prisoner Representatives from their solitary confinement (SHU) cells and placed them in Administrative Segregation (Ad Seg) cells which are even worse than the SHU. The hunger strikers, many of whom are elder men and have severe chronic illnesses, are dressed in summer clothing, but the CDC has turned on air conditioning full blast, leaving some of the men sick and freezing....

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/pledge-o...

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Meanwhile, the prison officials have raided their SHU cells and confiscated their legal materials, including attorney-client protected documents pertaining to their highly publicized federal class action lawsuit against the state of California (Ruiz v. Brown).


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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THE TORTURE:
Tell the PBSP prison authorities to return the 14 prisoner Representatives to their cells. (Their names and prison numbers are at the end of this email.)
Return all their property, especially the legal documents guards have confiscated.
Lift the ban on their attorney, Marilyn McMahon, so that she can again access her clients.
Medically monitor the men to ensure that the prison has not destroyed their health!

1. Contact Pelican Bay Warden Gregory Lewis:
*** phone: 707-465-1000 x5001
*** email: Gregory.Lewis@cdcr.ca.gov

2. Copy to Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of CDCR
*** phone: 916-323-6001 (alternatively 916-445-5073)
*** fax: 916-442-2637
*** letter: Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary CDCR, 1515 S Street, 5th Floor;
Sacramento, California 94283

3. Copy to Assistant Warden at Pelican Bay, Rawland Swift
*** phone: 465-1000 x6254
*** email: RSwift@cdcr.ca.gov

4. Back up: Public Information Officer at PBSP Christopher Acosta
*** office phone: 707-465-9040
*** cell phone: 707-951-0350

THE 14 PRISONER REPRESENTATIVES:
1. Todd Ashker C58191
2. Arturo Castellanos C17275
3. Sitawa/ R.N Dewberry C35671
4. Antonio Guillen P81948
5. Danny Troxell B76578
6. George Franco D46556
7. Ronnie Yandell V27927
8. Paul Redd, Jr. B72683
9. James Baridi Williamson D34288
10. Alfred Sandoval D61000
11. Louis Powell B59864
12. Alex Yrigollen H32421
13. Gabriel Huerta C80766
14. Frank Clement D07919

Please write to the Reps.* Include one sheet of paper, one envelope and one loose stamp so they can write someone outside the walls. You can address your letter with the person’s name & prison number; Pelican Bay State Prison/SHU; PO Box 7500. Crescent City, 95532.
*Mr. Arturo Castellanos may not be able to receive your letter. He’s on ‘restricted mail,’ by the prison authorities.

Thank you so much for your solidarity,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition: Pledge of Resistance work group
(for more info, http://www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com)

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IJAN: Gov Brown Should Not Use the Holocaust to Hide Racism

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/385137/27ab666c26/1473000383/1ecfd5c870/

"....Over the past two years, hunger strikers in California and Palestine have shared a struggle against inhumane treatment. Jews decry Brown's visit to Dachau while at home he condones racism."


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Retaliation Continues Against Hunger Strike, Coalition Refutes CDCR’s Gang Myths

Oakland, July 22, 2013 – As the California prison hunger strike enters its 3rd week, reports of retaliation against strikers have increased.  Last week it was reported that prison officials had moved at least 14 strikers from the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay to Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), confiscated confidential legal documents, and forced cold air into their cells.  Later in the week, legal advocate Marilyn McMahon and one of her paralegals were summarily banned from visiting any California prison.  Reports that strikers have been moved to Ad-Seg or to entirely different facilities have also been coming from Corcoran State Prison.  The denial of medical care to strikers, especially those with preexisting health conditions, remains a widespread concern for families and advocates.

Meanwhile, the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to claim that the hunger strike is a massive gang conspiracy.....

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/retaliat...


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..this is the call out video announcing the hunger strike.


ALL OUT FOR CA PRISONER HUNGER STRIKE 2013 (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw4bgeZpgdU


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HUNGER STRIKE DAY 16: CDCR Refuses to Negotiate, Strikers Issue New Statement

With the California prisoner hunger strike in its 3rd week, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and medical receiver officials agreed to meet with a mediation team working on behalf of the hunger strikers.  While the mediators were hopeful that the CDCR would discuss negotiations around the strikers‘ demands, they were quickly disappointed and dismayed by the CDCR’s conduct.

“The CDCR refused to let family members of strikers who are part of our team join in the discussions, they refused to negotiate or even address the strikers’ five demands, and they failed in any way to appreciate the urgency of this situation,” said mediator Ron Ahnen.  The mediation team’s meeting with the federal health receiver’s office overseeing the California prison system left some assurances that the strikers would receive due medical care and left open prospects for future communication and discussions.

“This is a matter of life and death for both the strikers and their families,” said mediator Barbara Becnel.  “We object in the strongest possible terms to the complacency of the CDCR.”  Mediators have urged CDCR Secretary Beard to meet with them as soon as possible.  His office has yet to respond....

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/hunger-s...


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Day 19: 30,000 CALLS FOR 30,000 HUNGER STRIKERS

On July 8, 2013 Prisoners at Pelican Bay and other prisons resumed their hunger strike and began work stoppages. They are committed to continuing the strike until California Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections take decisive action to meet their demands.

Today is Day 19 of the hunger strike, and CDCR continues to retaliate against prisoners participating in this peaceful protest while refusing to negotiate. It is important that we continue to show our support & keep the pressure on Gov. Brown and the CDCR!

We have over 5,000 people that have signed the petition to Governor Brown. Now we need 30,000 CALLS for 30,000 Hunger Strikers!

JOIN US and USE YOUR POLITICAL POWER!

1) DAY 19: Call Governor Jerry Brown
Phone: (916) 445-2841
(510) 289-0336
(510) 628-0202
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Suggested script: I’m calling in support of the prisoners on hunger strike. The governor has the power to stop the torture of solitary confinement. I urge the governor to compel the CDCR to enter into negotiations to end the strike. RIGHT NOW is their chance to enter into clear, honest negotiations with the strikers to end the torture.

2) Make sure you send this email to your friends, families, and networks. Ask them to stand in solidarity with us – sign the petition today and help us reach 30,000 calls

3) We encourage you to plan a gathering in your neighborhood to make calls and organize other solidarity actions. You can also come support actions this week

- Sunday, July 28 at 10am (Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650)

- Tuesday, July 30th at 10am (State Capitol, 1315 10th St  Sacramento, CA 95814)

Thank you for your commitment.

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/day-17-3...


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Hunger Strikers, Supporters Vow to Continue Fight as Mediators Conclude Meeting with CDCR Secretary

Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers just concluded their meeting with CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Today’s meeting comes on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 60,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Governor Brown’s office.

The hunger strike mediators’ statement included, “We gave [Secretary Beard] ideas that would help bring the prisoners’ hunger strike to a just end in short order. We provided input for revisions to CDCR’s Security Threat Group Policy and Step Down pilot program. Our revisions are intended to create more humane conditions and circumstances. We urged him to follow the lead from other states, such as Illinois, Colorado and Mississippi, to end harsh and long term isolation practices.”...

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/hunger-s...


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Letters from Inside

Letter from PBSP dated July 28, 21st day of hunger strike: He’s lost over 40 pounds “and getting smaller by the day” — all fat gone, body eating muscle now. “There are several who already fell out from effects of the HS and we have some who have been placed in the hospital and the prison specialty clinic. But there are many of us who will see this out to the end. We are still strong.”

Postcard from PBSP dated July 29: “[…] they moved 14 of the reps [and others accused of being reps] to Administrative Segregation to further isolate them. The top brass ordered […] by the top brass out of Sacramento. […] But nothing changed, my sista. We are now on our 21st day and maintaining our course.”...

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/letters-...

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Oakland Protestors Released

Photo of the folks who went to jail yesterday for occupying the State Building in Oakland. Taken in the wee hours of the AM, right after they got out of Santa Rita.

HS-protesters-out-from-jail

Activists Lock Down at State Building, Call for Brown, CDCR to Negotiate with Prison Hunger Strikers and
Police Arrest 7 Prison Hunger Strike Supporters at State Building
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Use of Solitary Confinement Increasing in Canada's Prisons (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/08/09/317971/isolating-inmates-on-ris...

"...More and more citizens are being criminalized and sent to prison."

 


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Mediators Talk with Prisoners as Hunger Strike Reaches One Month, Situation Critical, Negotiations Crucial

Today, August 8 2013,  marks one month for prisoners on hunger strike throughout the California prison system.  Earlier today, the mediation team working on behalf of the strikers was able to speak to the prisoners at Pelican Bay who initially called for the strike.  Just moments ago members of the mediation team issued the following statement:

All of the members of our mediation team were able to speak with hunger strike representatives at Pelican Bay for two-and-a-half hours.   All four representatives are totally united and resolute.  They were clear that this peaceful protest is not about them—it is about making real, fundamental changes to an incredibly unjust system. 

They haven’t eaten for 32 days but they are cogent, focused, and committed.

We were able to work together to develop new ideas about how to move forward, which we’ll be acting on over the next few days.  The mediation team will be staying in contact with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and issuing statements daily.

Reports from prisoners at Pelican Bay indicate escalated mistreatment from guards in the Administrative Segregation and Security Housing Units.  Prisoners report being verbally abused by guards and over hearing them discussing orders “to treat some prisoners really nicely and others really badly.”   Despite the abuse, prisoners remain steadfast in continuing their protest.  “They are obviously feeling the effects of not having eaten in over a month, but they remain strong and in high spirits” said Anne Weills, a lawyer representing strikers at Pelican Bay. “They are fighting for themselves, their fellow prisoners, and those who will come after them.  They are incredibly inspired by all the support they’ve received, and are steadfast in their commitments to improving conditions.”...

https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/mediator...


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