The Prison Industrial Complex

For-profit prison companies, businesses that supply goods and services to prisons, politicians who benefit by trying to appear "tough on crime", a misdirected "war on drugs" and other forces have merged to create the largest incarcerated population in human history right here in the land of the free - the United States of America. The articles on this page explore this issue.

From New Orleans to Angola

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Bruce Reilly: My ride was for the visitation to keep communities together, but my sweat on the free side of the wall is always for those left behind.

Evolution of a Criminal

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Darius Clark Monroe had discovered through the making this film a way to use media to heal. And so I listed as he delved into the making of a documentary that morphed into a model for restorative justice.

Six Shocking Truths about Prisons

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Sharon Kyle: At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations. Companies like Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, and Target are reaping major benefits from this captive labor pool.

Prison for Fun and Profit

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Alex Friedmann: While people might question the notion of a privatized police force that benefits financially when people are arrested, allowing companies to profit when people are imprisoned has become an accepted norm

Susan Burton: Changing Stereotypes

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Dick and Sharon: In our second in a series of articles focusing on the impact our criminal justice system is having on the lives of Angelinos, we sit down with Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, CNN Awardee and herself , formerly incarcerated.

From Prison to Law School and Beyond

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Bruce Reilly: I filed my first bail motion and memorandum when some of my classmates were in kindergarten and have over two decades of experience covering all aspects of the courts and prisons.

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Diana Barajas: The conditions of isolation are incompatible with human nature, as social interactions and sensory stimulation are critical to human health and brain function.

Terminal Illness in Prison

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Bruce Reilly: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, cancer and heart disease were the leading causes of over 3000 annual deaths in state prisons.

Cage Complex: Why Is America’s Prison Population Soaring?

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Wendy McElroy: The “private prison complex” is a creation of crony capitalism through which privileged corporations are paid well for the “care” of inmates and for leasing out prison labor to other businesses.

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