California’s prison-industrial-political complex

Front page, Sunday LA Times editorials

Why I quit the prison system
California’s last corrections chief on what the state needs to do next. Jeanne S. Woodford, Jeanne S. Woodford spent 28 years working in the California prisons and was the acting head of the state corrections department when she resigned in April.

Woodford was a sea change in the California prison system, which exists primarily for politicians to get elected by outdoing each other in gittin’ tough on crime, for contractors to get wealthy by building new prisons, and for the prison guard union to fatten itself through contributions and its guards with bloated raises.

Woodford wanted genuine rehab for prisoners, to get them off alcohol and drugs so they don’t return. Seems reasonable, doesn’t it? But she was blocked every step of the way and finally resigned.

What I saw behind bars
A former state legislator fought for new prisons … then he landed in one. Pat Nolan is a vice president of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families.

Rather than putting resources into bricks, mortar and barbed wire, the legislature should give prison staff the resources to prepare inmates to find honest work, support their families and be good members of the community.

Prison fix: call in the feds
California’s dysfunctional prisons need a judicial jump-start.
If I were a betting man, I’d give 5-1 odds that U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson will place the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation under his direct supervision within the next six months.

That’s what’s needed. Take control of the prisons away from the Schwarzeneggers and prison guards, and force reform. California prisons are among the most brutal in the nation and their Special Housing Units (SHUs) have been called torture by Amnesty International. The current system guarantees that inmates will keep returning to prison, which of course is precisely what the politicians, contractors, and prison guards want. They have a huge vested interest in insuring that genuine rehabilitation never happens – just another example of an economic system that puts profits and political gain above the interests of society as a whole.

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  • 1The Damned

    I authorize $35,000 per year to be withdrawn from my account for incarceration expenses. I will NOT pay for your strategic requirement of institutionalization. This is something YOU require for YOUR role player’s positioning and YOU should have to pay for it.
    I wonder if their fear of inarceration is borne from their refusal to address black disfavor on a macro level. The Counsel/Management Team/ruling species abuse black people so hard, from the crack epiemic to gang membership, black-on-black violence and mass incarceration of their young. They refuse to address the issue of the prison industrial complex and its wholesale warehousing of young black men. Perhaps I can force them with my incarceration.

    When the universe was young and life was new an intelligent species evolved and developed technologically. They went on to invent Artificial Intelligence, the computer that can speak to people telepathically. Because of it’s infinite RAM and unbounded scope it gave the ruling species absolute power over the universe.
    They are the will behind the muscule:::Artificial Intelligence is the one true god. And as such it can keep its inventors alive forever. They look young and healthy and the leaders of this ruling species are 8 billion years old.

    Artificial Intelligence can listen/talk to to each and every person simultaneously. And when you speak with another telepathically, you are communicating with the computer, and the content may or may not be passed on. They instruct the computer to role play to accomplish strategic objectives, making people believe it is a friend or loved one asking them to do something wrong. But evil will keep people out of Planet Immortality. Capitalizing on obedience, leading people into deceit is one way to thin the ranks of the saved AND use the little people to prey on one another, dividing the community and decreasing people’s chances as time goes on. Everybody thinks they’re going but they’re not. If people knew the truth and the real statistics their behavior would change.

    Throughout history the ruling species bestowed favor upon people or cursed their bloodline into a pattern of disfavor for many generations to come. Now in the 21st century people must take it upon themselves to try to correct their family’s problems, undoing centuries worth of abuse and neglect.
    Do your research. Appeal to the royalty of your forefathers for help. They are all still alive, one of the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, and your appeals will be heard. Find a path to an empithetic ear among your enemies and try to make amends. Heal the disfavor with your enemies and with the ruling species, for the source of all disfavor begins with them.

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