Friday, August 20, 2010

American Gulag: The Prison Industrial Complex

From an article I read at Raw Story:

Analysts at North Carolina's crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases, including three that ended in executions and another where two men were convicted of killing Michael Jordan's father, according to a scathing independent review released Wednesday.

While this is hardly surprising—seems like every few days we see a similar story, whether it stems from fabricated evidence in Dallas County or prosecutorial misconduct damn near everywhere—it is a fresh reminder of where we are tending...The United States already has the largest prison population in the world, with minorities, mainly African-American males, comprising about seventy percent...Private enterprise has latched on to the profit potential represented by inmates, providing incentive (even greater that institutional racism) to keep em coming...It doesn't require a paranoid imagination to connect the dots here with America's fascist drift...

More than ten percent of black males between the ages of 25 and 29 are incarcerated...Check out Angela Davis' article (Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex) at Third World Traveller—well worth the read...


  1. this Chronicle story documents the Plantation roots of Texas prisons

  2. Really excellent read, George, thanks very much for the link...Money quote: "Not for very much longer will politicians in Texas be able to get elected to statewide office in Texas with only the Anglo vote"...God, I hope that is true...