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IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME!!

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Say No to Prison Privatization!

A letter was sent recently to 48 U.S. governors announcing the Corrections Corporation of America's "Investment Initiative" to spend up to $250 million to buy prisons from state, local, and federal governments. The "initiative" requires a minimum commitment of 20 years for the facility, maintaining 90% capacity over the 20-year period. This outrageous offer strikes at the heart of a democracy grounded in human…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons

As state governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls, a Wall Street giant is offering a solution: cash in exchange for state property. Prisons, to be exact.

Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for "challenging corrections budgets." In exchange, the company is asking for a 20-year management contract, plus an assurance that the prison would…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

by Laura Sullivan

Glenn Nichols, city manager of Benson, Ariz., says two men came to the city last year "talking about building a facility to hold women and children that were illegals."

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Men Sentenced In Sex Assault Of 11-Year-Old Texas Girl

By JUAN A. LOZANO 09/21/12 06:47 PM ET EDT



Rayford Tyrone Ellis Jr., Timothy Daray Ellis desciption Rayford Tyrone Ellis Jr., right, and Timothy Daray Ellis, left, leave the Liberty County Courthouse after a status update in their cases Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in Liberty, Texas. Both men are among more than a dozen men accused of taking part in a series of sexual…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

William Roy Wilson, Jail Guard, Sexually Abused Women Inmates: Cops

William Roy Wilson, 29, is charged with four counts of imposition of sexual acts of persons under supervision

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A jail guard charged with sexually abusing three women at a West Virginia lockup since May has been accused of misconduct before and has been sued 11 times for similar allegations, a lawyer for alleged victims said…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Private Prison Companies Make Big Money Off Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

AP | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

'Bath Salts' Causing 'Excited Delirium'?

Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 14, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

What is Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts? New Drug Crimes Have Cops' Attention

A recent federal raid of a Smoke 911 shop in Sandy Springs highlights the rise in crimes related to synthetic marijuana and bath salts, but what are these drugs?

“We started hearing about bath salts around late 2009, early 2010,” said Detective Joseph Lane, with the Sandy Springs Police Special Investigations Unit. “It really was the new kind of designer drug. Not many people knew what it would do to you.”

According to DrugFree.org, bath salts are a synthetic compound of a…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 14, 2012 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Teen Prostitution... Gang Used Social Media Sites to Identify Potential Victims

09/14/12

It’s yet another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids’ involvement with social networking websites—during a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business.

After a multi-agency state and federal investigation, all five defendants pleaded guilty to various federal charges related to the sex trafficking…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 14, 2012 at 6:56pm — No Comments

OG CUICIDE BUILDS SUICIDE AWARENESS

Cuicide Builds Suicide Awareness.



Compton, CA –

Struggling to survive and overcome violence and poverty is a common image seen in movies and music about those who live in Compton. For West Coast rapper Cuicide, it’s all just a part of his life.

He’s dealt with hardships from the moment he was born, from having been abandoned…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 5, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Louisiana is the world's prison capital

Louisiana is the world's prison capital

Published: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 5:00 AM Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 11:23 AM

By Cindy Chang, The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune

Louisiana is the world's prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana's…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on August 13, 2012 at 9:33pm — No Comments

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME

WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE...

 

What people are saying:

"Documentaries have the power to inform, incite and inspire an audience all in one sitting. Judging from the two-minute long standing ovation he received [at Sundance] after the screening of his film Slavery by Another Name, director Samuel…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on August 13, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Chilling message posted hours before S.F. homicide

Chilling message posted hours before S.F. homicide

By: Mike Aldax | 03/30/12 5:25 PM

SF Examiner Staff Writer | Follow on Twitter @SFExMikeAldax

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Courtesy photo

Diondre Young, 21, was shot dead Friday morning near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.At 5:44 p.m. on Thursday, 21-year-old Diondre Young posted a rhyme on Facebook that mentioned friends who had died and asked whether his “time could be next.”

Young’s “time,” it turned out, was just hours away, as he was…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on August 3, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Gang dispute fueling violence in San Francisco

Gang dispute fueling violence in San Francisco

By: Mike Aldax | 08/01/12 5:57 PM

SF Examiner Staff Writer | Follow on Twitter @SFExMikeAldax

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Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

The site of the shooting was the 3000 block of San Bruno Avenue, not far from a Visitation Valley neighborhood plagued with multiple killings in the recent weeks. Four shooting deaths since Sunday have been the result of a raging dispute between members of one vicious gang, police said…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on August 3, 2012 at 10:38pm — No Comments

24-Year-Old Gets 3 Life Terms in Prison for Witnessing a Drug Deal: The Ugly Truth of Mandatory Drug Sentencing

Clarence Aaron is serving three life terms for a small-time college cocaine deal, another victim of heinous mandatory drug sentencing laws.



This is a simple truth: the United States is the only country in the first world that imposes life sentences to teenagers for small-time, non-violent drug offenses. In fact,…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on June 13, 2012 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Drug lord's son speaks out against violence

Drug lord's son speaks out against violence



Sebastian Marroquin

Sebastian Marroquin speaks in Calgary about the crimes of his father, Pablo Escobar, a drug lord killed in 1993.

Updated: Fri Apr. 27 2012 08:59:04



ctvcalgary.ca

For nearly 20 years, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was the more vicious and powerful criminal on Earth who controlled a billion dollar empire and a…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on April 27, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Drug lord's son trying atone for father's many sins

Sebastian Marroquin, son of columbian drug dealer Pablo Escobar

CALGARY — In 2007, Sebastian Marroquin set off on a journey of atonement. He sat down and wrote letters to two young men whose fathers were brutally murdered.

"It took me three months to write the letters," says the soft-spoken 35-year-old, as we sit together at…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on April 27, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Perks and pains of a drug lord's son

Sebastian Marroquin, son of Columbian drug head Pablo Escobar poses for a photo on April 25, 2012, in downtown Calgary, Alberta. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)
Sebastian Marroquin, son of Columbian drug head Pablo Escobar poses for a photo on April 25, 2012, in downtown Calgary, Alberta. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)

CALGARY -- His fear growing with every passing second, Sebastian Marroquin tried to get his father to hang up the phone.

But Pablo Escobar wouldn't listen. The world's most notorious drug lord was on the run following a prison break, and apparently…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on April 27, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

A fog of drugs and war

More than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year took antidepressants, sedatives and other prescription medications. Some see a link to aberrant behavior.

 

While there was some early, ad hoc use of psychotropic drugs in the Vietnam War, the modern Army…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on April 8, 2012 at 8:02pm — No Comments

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