Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a “complete failure”

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

True of virtually ALL of America’s prisons: they FAIL to rehabilitate, to help addicts, to keep us safer!  See articles here under “prison abuse” and read what the Nordic countries do. THAT works! Read the article to see how the “tough on crime” bullshit of the past 45 years totally screwed up the system. While we do not necessarily need more people on probation or parole...

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Probation and Parole – a short Essay by Ken Abraham – With Letter to the Editor or Editorial Submission

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse | Comments

You can google oodles of articles about this, and one thing you won’t find is the reminder that some of the Probation Officers are mean-spirited little people in uniform, who delight in bullying terrified probationers. We have seen it many, many times, to the point that the helpless ex offender admits to things which are not true. A prime example is a P O brow-beating the ex offender, and trying to play psychiatrist, by hinting at...

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$800 Million in Taxpayer Money Went to Private Prisons Where Migrants Work for Pennies – More Outrageous Conduct of Private Prison Operators – tRump’s Unfair Policies, Prompted by GREED. – kra

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse | Comments

I repeat what I have said so often: private prison are the worst thing to happen to our criminal justice system. Here we see exploitation in what they euphemistically call “detention facilities”, which, are, in fact, among the most abusive prisons in our country! See how many problems this article discloses! I found several: Politicians make money (campaign donations and lobbying) to incarcerate more people! Exact amounts of money...

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Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year – Because it makes sense! – kra

Posted by on Dec 29, 2018 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs | Comments

It took 40 years to see the folly of our asinine war on drugs, but steady progress will continue! The most important thing this country can do is to eliminate the federal criminalization of Pot. Maybe this will be the year!  Call and MAKE it happen: ‘ Excerpts from the Article: The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial...

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The First Step Act Opens the Door to Digital Incarceration – Bad News! – kra

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse | Comments

The private prison companies [the worst thing to happen to our criminal justice system!] now are lobbying heavily for laws requiring  e-carceration — the deprivation of liberty by means of technologies such as ankle monitors, because they now are in that business! MOST such systems are totally unnecessary!   Excerpts from the Article: The recent debates over the First Step Act and California’s SB-10 — two bills that attempt to address the...

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Federal Prisons Use Nurses and Cooks as Guards While Officials Push to Fill Private Prisons

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse | Comments

This article by our friends at PLN shows another way that tRump is a disaster for criminal justice. This practice by the B O P is unsafe for both staff and inmates. As the article shows, these people thrown into guard duty are not adequately trained for what they may encounter! As for transfers to private prisons, that is even worse. THEY are the worst prisons in America. As  David Cox, Sr., president of the American Federation of Government...

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