05 June 2013

This is not a third world prison

Two images from an imgur set of 18 depicting California prisons.  Discussed in a Reddit thread.

This might be an appropriate time to read about the prison-industrial complex.


  1. ugh.

    do NOT get me started. WHY do we put 1% of our entire population in prison? because somebody's making MONEY off of it, that's why.

    you know what i'd like to see? a prevention and education living wage industrial complex. that'd actually be sustainable. sustainable and humane.

    at one point you run out of citizens to criminalize and can't sustain growth in your prison industry, but if your industry is instead built on the growth of your citizenry's standard of living, you will always be in growth.

    figure out how to make money offa THAT and half the economic problems of the world will be solved.

    and if you try at that and fail but keep trying, a lot of problems will still get solved.

  2. "This is not a third world prison"

    Yes it is.

  3. One of the few middle class employment opportunities left in the USA! Courtesy of those making far, far less...


  4. I read a scary comment about this.

    America's criminality never really went down. In fact, following demographic trends, it should be rising.

    Instead, to keep the illusion of America 1st world levels of criminality, incarceration has been the policy since Nixon. Just google the numbers imprisoned and the length of sentences for minor charges to understand how much sheer infrastructure is put in place to keep criminals off the street.

    This can't last. Too costly, and the elites will be perfectly happy with neighberhood walls and private security. America's future is prisoner-run prisons and places like alphaville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphaville,_S%C3%A3o_Paulo)

    We might miss our 3rd world prisons when the 1% doesn't want to pay for them any more.

  5. It's cheaper to send someone to a University (not just a City college) than to keep them in a jail or prison... probably more effective as well!


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