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Corruption and Exploitation in America's Prison-Industrial Complex

- Mon, 25 Nov 2019 05:38:11 EST rTr48MXc No.181119
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People who have been incarcerated in West Virginia prisons will soon be charged $3 an hour just to read books, and $15 an hour for video visitation with their families. For a bit of context, prisoners in West Virginia are paid anywhere between 4 and 58 CENTS an hour for their labor.

How is this possible? Well, the inmates have all been given free electronic tablets that ostensibly can be used to read books, send emails, and communicate with their families. But according to a 2019 contract between the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) and Global Tel Link (GTL), the company that is providing electronic multimedia tablets to 10 West Virginia prisons, using the tablets to read books, listen to music, or play games will cost $3 per hour (or $0.05 per minute); using them to conduct video visitations will cost $15 per hour (or $0.25 per minute); and using them to send written messages will cost $0.25 per message, plus an additional $0.50 to send a photo with a message.

And dont forget, those books that inmates are being charged $3/hour to read? Every single one of them comes from Project Gutenberg, a free online library of more than 60,000 texts in the public domain. And according to the aforementioned contract, the WVDCR will receive a 5% commission on gross revenue from the tablets. A WVDCR spokesperson claims that no inmates are being forced to use the tablets and the 5% commission will go toward a fund at each of their prisons that inmates "use for such things as paying for cable TV and hosting open house visitation events for families."

At the moment, it seems the prisons are not restricting outright purchases or donations of regular print books. But from what I can tell, there is no library-esque system in place where inmates can borrow books and then return them either at a set time or once they have finished reading them. And here's the other thing: there's been a troubling trend in other parts of the country of prisons restricting book donations and forcing inmates to purchase books through pre-approved vendors or to use electronic tablets provided by private contractors like GTL and JPay. Earlier this year, Book Riot reported that numerous Ohio prisons were banning book donations by groups like Appalachian Prison Book Project. Amid media scrutiny, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) announced it would lift the bans for third-party book donations, but family members are still banned from sending print material. In at least one Ohio prison, family members must put money into the inmate's account so they can order it themselves. JPay, which handles money transfers for the Ohio prison system, takes a cut on all deposits. Oh yeah, and the director of the ODRC just happens to be the former general manager of JPay.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania, Washington, and three prisons in New York all attempted similar bans on donations of used books to inmates, then relented under citizen pressure. The prisons cited security concerns over contraband, but news investigations showed there was little actual evidence of smuggling via donated dictionaries. And last year, after Florida inked a new contract with JPay to provide multimedia tablets to inmates, inmates were forced to return MP3 players they had purchased through the state's previous provider, losing all the tracks they had purchased as well. I think there's a word for that, what is it again....uhhhh oh yeah, THEFT!

But wait, theres more! Pennsylvania also pays a private contractor $4 million a year for digitized mail services, where letters to inmates are scanned and sent to inmates as black and white photocopies while the original letters are destroyed and in 2017, the WVDCR also instituted a policy barring inmates from receiving their original mail. Isnt opening other peoples' mail a felony offense? I guess it's okay when the Prison-Industrial Complex does it!

And of course, with all this in mind, I dont think I need to remind you all of the...interesting statistics regarding the incarceration rate of poorer, nonwhite people in the USA versus that of richer, white people....
Simon Sommledale - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 05:47:51 EST MvRoQ1jI No.181120 Reply
Aren't American prisons suppose to be really vindictive and harshly punitive by design? I think thats the entire point so fucking the prisoner over even more is seen as a good thing.
Albert Seddlestock - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:39:44 EST oP69mx7Q No.181125 Reply
>Aren't American prisons suppose to be really vindictive and harshly punitive by design?
No, not really. This is the end product of running your justice system like a capitalist corporation owned by racists instead of actually running it like a government though.

>I think thats the entire point so fucking the prisoner over even more is seen as a good thing.
Fucking over people, at the cost of taxpayers, for the benefit of private business is not a good thing.
Doris Brorrybad - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:49:59 EST hCAKuWBQ No.181126 Reply
Not to mention "American" prisons are very few. Prisons, schools, transportation, basic services like that are all handled by the states at that level.
John Drimbleridge - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:02:02 EST eW7lNgCN No.181127 Reply

It's kinda of ludicrous the difference between school systems from state to state. The prison system is a complete racket though.
Doris Brorrybad - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:09:59 EST hCAKuWBQ No.181128 Reply
For sure the US justice system needs to do some soul searching. Not sure what the other dickhead is trying to say tho.
Fucking Tootford - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 14:04:31 EST +8irr0Qf No.181129 Reply
Soul searching is useless as sending thoughts and prayers. They need being legally compelled to chnage ways and jailed for bribery from profiting.
David Sesslestock - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:36:17 EST DnQ32w8b No.181130 Reply
All Fox needs to do is flash a picture of some prisoners to their racist viewers and this whole prison racket will continue to be ignored. Nobody is compelled to to help anyone they're prejudiced against. Prisoner = Minority
Graham Wemmlebotch - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:04:04 EST vGHmMf9D No.181131 Reply
The Nazis and the Commies are the ones that support wars, debt, the nanny police state, security cameras, license plate readers, checkpoints, redlight cameras, speed cameras, FBI facial and voice recognition, curfews, gun bans, NSA wiretapping, the end to the right to silence, free speech bans, searches without warrants, private prisons, mandatory minimums, 3 strikes laws, DNA databases, CISPA, SOPA, NDAA, IMBRA, private prison quotas, no knock raids, take down notices, no fly lists, terror watch lists, Constitution free zones, stop and frisk, 3 strikes laws, kill switches, National Security Letters, DNA databases, kill lists, FBAR, FATCA, Operation Chokepoint, TSA groping, civil forfeiture, CIA torture, NDAA indefinite detention, secret FISA courts, FEMA camps, laws requiring passports for domestic travel, IRS laws denying passports for tax debts, gun and ammo stockpiles, laws outlawing protesting, police militarization, Jade Helm, and banning religion.
Augustus Duckville - Sun, 01 Dec 2019 07:35:33 EST rTr48MXc No.181206 Reply
I've never met any Communist or leftists who actually support any of that.

But then, I dont think you actually know what that word means anyway...
Charles Morrymatch - Sun, 01 Dec 2019 11:24:32 EST tlilhxRg No.181213 Reply
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>Americans scream that the Soviet Union opposed wars and tyranny

I dunno what timeline you're on, but I want in on that.
Rebecca Blepperfig - Mon, 02 Dec 2019 13:20:07 EST 4iOFpMwy No.181229 Reply
Chinabot is apparently welcome here. Why pretend it doesn't exist?
Reuben Seckledock - Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:27:44 EST qPbFZDTy No.181258 Reply
When you have a government contract you're goal is never to deliver a good product, it's to grease the wheels of the right people to get that contract renewed.

That's why America has military equipment that kills it's own soldiers, schools that don't educate and prisons that don't rehabilitate.

Turning prisoners to slaves is the direct result of making imprisonment a capitalistic structure.
Samuel Lightworth - Wed, 04 Dec 2019 19:52:02 EST eW7lNgCN No.181260 Reply

Sure seemed like you were replying with utter sincerity, what with the whole you replying to it at all thing going on there. nb shit poster shit thread shit bot shit board
Phyllis Crullernere - Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:34:12 EST ZkcmeKtm No.181466 Reply
No one will care that the US is not a free country until more Americans personally become victims of the police state.

Everyone will shrug if an American gets killed by the CIA in Yemen, but Americans might care about the police state when they get tortured for jaywalking.

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