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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The United States Has Successfully (and Legally) Reinvented the Slave Trade via Imprisonment

Some staggering facts on the prison system in the United States.

1. Three "strikes" = life in jail. Even for trivial crimes: Leandro Andrade is serving 2 consecutive life sentences for shoplifting 9 video tapes valued at $153
2a. 1% of Americans are in jail (2.3million)
2b. On a per capita basis, this equates to twice as many as South African, more than 3 times as many as Iran, and 6 times China's prison population.
3. No society in history has imprisoned as many people as that of the United States.
4. 1 in 30 men aged 20 - 34 are in prison.
5. 1 in 9 black males are in prison.
6. There are more 17 year old black males in prison than in college.
7. 5% of the world is American.  25% of all prisoners are American.
8. America prohibits importing goods made through forced labor or prisoners...
...American prisons produce 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, and bullet proof vests,
9. Prisoners produce 93% of domestically used paints, 36% of home appliances, and 21% of office furniture, allowing the United States to compete with cheap labour factories in Mexico.
10. Solitary confinement is the punishment for refusing to work in prison!
11. The United States has successfully and legally reinvented the slave trade.

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