Why The Prison Population Is Climbing So Fast


A NEW STUDY USING STATISTICS FROM THE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OR THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS
FOUND THAT WHEN WE COME TALK ABOUT MASS INCARCERATION, WE
TYPICALLY FOCUS ON BIG CITIES AND URBAN AREAS WHERE MASSIVE
JAILS ARE LOCATED BUT WE NEVER REALLY FOCUS ON ONE OF THE
BIGGEST ISSUES WHICH IS JAILS IN RURAL AREAS AND SMALLER TOWNS. THE STUDY FOUND SOME REALLY INTERESTING INFORMATION AND I
WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT THESE LOCAL JAILS MOSTLY SERVING
RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH LOW CRIME RATES HOLD A DISPROPORTIONATE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING FOR TRIAL AND WHO ARE BEING HELD
BY OUTSIDE AGENCIES, SUCH AS OVERBURDENED THE PRISON SYSTEMS
AND US IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT GOT THESE
COMMUNITIES GENERALLY LIKE THE RESOURCES TO STEER LOW-LEVEL
OFFENDERS AWAY FROM PRETRIAL DETENTION AND MANY
EXPAND THEIR JAIL CAPACITIES TO WIN A BIGGER SHARE OF CONTRACTS
FROM OUTSIDE AGENCIES. OBVIOUSLY MONEY TALKS AND WHEN
IT COMES TO IMPRISONING PEOPLE I THINK THAT IT IS CLEAR TO A LOT
OF PEOPLE BOTH ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT THAT THERE IS NOW AN
INCENTIVE STRUCTURE. THERE WAS A PROFIT MOTIVE AND IMPRISONING
MORE PEOPLE MEANS MORE MONEY AND THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT HOW
MANY LIVES IT DESTROYS OR ABOUT THE FACT THAT A LOT OF THESE
INDIVIDUALS ARE LOW-LEVEL, NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS. WHAT THEY
CARE ABOUT IS THE BOTTOM LINE AND WE SEE ON A LARGER SCALE
WHEN IT COMES TO FOR-PROFIT PRISONS BUT WE STILL SEE IT IN
PUBLICLY FUNDED HER PUBLIC JAILS AND PRISONS AS WELL. I HAVE
MORE DETAILS FOR YOU GUYS. WHAT WAS REVEALED TO ME IN
THIS ARTICLE IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS LARGE ENOUGH THAT IT
AFFECTS THINGS BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SEE IN
MOVIES, I DON’T HOW MUCH YOU GUYS HAVE DRIVEN ACROSS COUNTRY
BUT GROWING UP I AM ONE OF FIVE KIDS SO THERE WAS NO FLIGHTS. IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE YOU WERE DRIVING. I’VE DONE IT WITH
FRIENDS TOO, WE DRIVEN ACROSS STATES AND WHEN YOU DRIVE
THROUGH SMALL TOWNS, THE RULE, DO YOU KNOW THE ROLE? DON’T SPEED. A SMALL TOWN BEING YOUR DRIVING THROUGH IT FOR 5 TO
7 MINUTES AND IT IS A PART OF THE INTERSTATE AND WHEN YOU FIND
A SINUSES SEE THE 40 YOU DO NOT GO 42, THEY WILL PULL YOU OVER
AND TICKET YOU. THEY WILL GET YOU BECAUSE THAT IS A BIG SOURCE
OF THE REVENUE. IT’S THE DEGREE TO WHICH THAT IS NOW STRETCH OUT
WORD WHERE YOU DO IT WITH INCARCERATION IS WHAT I DIDN’T
UNDERSTAND, HOW MUCH IT MAY AFFECT IT. YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
ANYTHING WRONG ASSAULT ON, THEY WERE GOING TO GET YOU AND
PUT YOU IN JAIL. THIS IS THE WAY IT HAPPENS. ITíS GETTING WORSE. LET’S GO
TO GRAPHIC 11. WHEN HE CAN BE SOME ACTUAL STATS THAT WERE
FOUND IN THE STUDY WHICH BY THE WAY WAS DONE BY FAIR INSTITUTE
OF JUSTICE IN THE SAFETY AND JUSTICE CHALLENGE. GRAPHIC 11. THE NUMBERS SHOW A DRAMATIC INCREASE OF THE LAST 25 YEARS IN
THE PROPORTION OF PEOPLE BEING HELD IN JAIL WHILE AWAITING
TRIAL. THOSE STILL PRESUMED INNOCENT BUT WHO CANNOT AFFORD
BAIL OR HAVEN’T BEEN ASSIGNED IT. SO THIS NBC NEWS PIECE ON
THIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTED A FEW SPECIFIC EXAMPLES AND ONE OF THE
EXAMPLES THAT REALLY STOOD OUT TO ME HAD TO DO WITH A WOMAN BY
THE NAME OF JESSICA JOHNSON AND SHE SPENDS 93 DAYS IN A JAIL IN
MISSISSIPPI ON DRUG CHARGES BEFORE SHE GOT TO SEE A JUDGE. SHE IS NOW SUING THE STAYOVER CRIMINAL CASE WHICH WAS DROPPED
AFTER POLICE VIDEO REVEALED THAT SHE WAS ACTUALLY INNOCENT. 1ST
OF ALL, WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO A FAIR AND SPEEDY
TRIAL AND THE FACT THAT SHE WAS BEHIND BARS FOR 93 DAYS BEFORE
SHE GOT TO SEE A JUDGE IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS AND IT OF
COURSE IS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT SHE
WAS INNOCENT. SHE LOST 93 DAYS OF HER LIFE BEHIND BARS FOR
SOMETHING SHE DIDN’T DO. THEY MUST OF HER LIFE AND THINK ABOUT
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT. THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT SHE
PROBABLY LOST HER JOB. JAIL. THAT IS GOING TO DESTROY YOUR
REPUTATION. IT HAS A PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT. I’M GLAD
SHE IS SUING AND I HOPE THERE’S JUSTICE SERVE BUT LOOK, IF IT IS
A LOW-LEVEL OFFENDER AND IT IS A NONVIOLENT VENDOR, THERE NEEDS
TO BE OTHER SOLUTIONS THAN JUST THROWING THEM IN JAIL BECAUSE IT
DOESN’T MAKE THE SITUATION BETTER AT ALL. I FEEL LIKE JAIL
SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR PEOPLE WHO SERVE A THREAT TO SOCIETY. WHO ARE A THREAT TO SOCIETY AND
UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS NOT WHAT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS ABOUT
THAT’S RATE PUNITIVE AND THERE IS A PROFIT MOTIVE AND IT
IS A HUGE PROBLEM. AND WHAT THE RESEARCHERS
POINTED OUT REALLY WELL IS THAT OF THE BASICALLY 2000 RULE CAN
COUNTIES THAT THEY SURVEYED THE RATES ARE GOING UP SO JUMP FROM
49 PER 100,000 PEOPLE IN 1970 TO 265 FOR HUNDRED THOUSAND
PEOPLE IN 2013. IF THAT IS AN ALARMING PATTERN
THAT WE’RE SEEING AN INCREASE, THAT IS INSANE. IT IS GOING TO GET WORSE
UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY. IS A FOR-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION. WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS
WITH EDUCATION, WHY WOULD IT BE DIFFERENT WHEN IT COMES TO
INCARCERATION? I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT YOU CARE A
LOT ABOUT. I ACTUALLY HAD A QUESTION FOR YOU BECAUSE IN THIS
THEY ARE SORT OF ALLUDING TO SOME OF THE BIGGER CONTRACTS
OUT OF PLAY FOR FOR-PROFIT PRISONS AND I WAS WONDERING HAVE
YOU EVER READ THE CONTRACT AND HOW IT IS WORDED? I HAVE. WHAT IS THAT LOOK LIKE? THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT
ISSUES WITH THE CONTRACTS AND ONE OF THEM IS THESE AT
CAPACITY CLAUSES OR JUST THE PORTION OF THE CONTRACT
INDICATES THAT THE STATE MUST PROVIDE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF
INMATES FOR THE INSTITUTION AND THE WHOLE POINT OF THAT SO THEY
CAN MAKE THEIR MONEY AND THE WORST THING IS THAT NOW THERE IS
AN INCENTIVE STRUCTURE TO PUT NONVIOLENT PEOPLE BEHIND BARS
AND ESSENTIALLY RUN THEIR LIVES AND THEIR FAMILIES LIVES BUT
ANOTHER TERRIBLE PART ABOUT ALL OF IT IS LET’S SAY YOU DON’T
HAVE ENOUGH INMATES OR INCARCERATED PEOPLE TO FILL
THOSE BEDS, THE STATE HAS TO PAY FOR THOSE UNUSED BEDS. THESE
PRIVATE COMPANIES WHICH BY THE WAY ARE FUNDED BY TAXPAYER
MONEY. THEY’RE NOT REALLY PRIVATELY FUNDED. THEY HAVE
INVESTORS BUT THEY ARE NOT PRIVATELY FUNDED. THEY GET
THEIR MONEY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. EITHER YOU INCENTIVIZE
IMPRISONING MORE NONVIOLENT PEOPLE OR YOU GET PAID ANYWAY
EVEN IF THE BETTER UNUSED A. WORD HOW BUSINESS WORKS LIKE
THAT THAT THE CAPITALIST SOCIETY WERE BUSINESS YOU TAKE A RISK
ANY OF THE PUT IN WORK, YOU HAVE TO SET UP A BUSINESS
WE CAN MAKE MONEY. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE WIN-WIN. THIS IS CRONY CAPITALISM TO. AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMAN LIFE
THE. THEY THINK THEY ARE FLYING
UNDER THE RADAR BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OPERATING IN THE
MORE METROPOLITAN AREAS. BUT WE’RE SEEING HOW
THIS IS ESCALATED. THIS IS BIG BUSINESS IN HIS ROLE
TOWNS. YESTERDAY I WAS AT A GOOGLE
EVENT ABOUT REFORMING THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY DOING
SOMETHING ABOUT MASS INCARCERATION AND IMPRISONING
NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS AND THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN
BEHIND BARS FOR OVER 20 YEARS, HER NAME IS MISS ALICE AND SHE
LOST HER JOB AT FEDERAL EXPRESS, SHE WAS A SINGLE MOM. SHE
WAS DESPERATE AND SHE HAD NEVER USED DRUGS, SHE HAD NO INTEREST
IN THEM BUT SINCE SHE WAS DESPERATE SHE GOT INVOLVED IN
SELLING. IT WAS HER FIRST OFFENSE. SHE GETS CAUGHT, HE WAS
HER FIRST OFFENSE. SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG CONSPIRACY
AND AS A RESULT WAS GIVEN A LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY
OF PAROLE. LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF
PAROLE. THAT WAS HER FIRST OFFENSE. I’M BRINGING HER STORY
UP RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT IS 20 YEARS OF HER LIFE GONE. WHEN
OBAMA WAS GRANTING CLEMENCY TO ALL OF THESE NONVIOLENT DRUG
OFFENDERS, SHE WAS CERTAIN THAT SHE WOULD BE GRANTED CLEMENCY
BECAUSE SHE HAS A PERFECT RECORD, SHE HAS BEEN A MODEL
INCARCERATED PERSON AND SHE HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS BEHIND BARS. SHE’S GOTTEN AN INCREDIBLE EDUCATION, SHE IS IN AN ORDAINED
MINISTER AND A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG GIRLS. IT DOESNíT MATTER HOW
GOOD OF A PERSON SHE IS. DOESN’T MATTER THAT SHE MANAGED
TO GET REHABILITATED IN A SYSTEM THAT IS NOT REHABILITATIVE AT
ALL. ITíS PUNITIVE. ITíS NOT PUNITIVE ON ACCIDENT. OUR
RECIDIVISM RATE ISN’T HIGH ON ACCIDENT. ITíS HIGH ON PURPOSE. THEY NEED IT. THEY WANT TO MAKE THEIR MONEY. ITíS JUST SICK. THESE ARE JUST THINGS THAT I WANT TO PUT ON EVERYONE’S RADAR
BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS IT. I DON’T STRETCH IT TOO FAR
BUT THE WAY THAT OUR SOCIETY APPROACHES PEOPLE IN GENERAL AND
THE FEAR-BASED THING AND THE LAW IN ORDER PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY
GENERAL AND THE WAR ON DRUGS. PICTURES COMMON PEOPLE FED WHEN
THEY THINK OF THIS. THEY DON’T THINK OF THEIR KID GOES TO THE
SUBURBAN SCHOOL. I AM JUST SAYING. IT MAKES IT EVEN EASIER
FOR THEM TO SELL PEOPLE INTO THE DUSTPAN EVER PRISON FOR 20 YEARS
AT THE TIME BECAUSE THEY GO WHO CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE? NO
ONE IS GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM AND YOU ARE THINKING SHE WAS
EXPECTING THE CLEMENCY. IT DIDN’T COME, DID IT? FOR A
LOT OF PEOPLE, IT DID BUT IT DIDNíT FOR HER. NO ONE IS GOING TO SAY I
REMEMBER THIS WOMAN WHO SHOULD BE PUT IN THE POSITION SHE SAID
THAT THEY ARE GOING TO SAY SHE DID THE CRIMES TO THE TIME
THAT WE KNOW, WE’VE BEEN HEARING AT OUR WHOLE LIFE THAT
WE DON’T EVEN REALIZE THE GENERAL SUPPORT SOCIETY HAS TO
THE SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM FOR DESTROYING LIVES DEMANDING
LIVESTOCK. THAT IS WHY YOU NEED TO HAVE
A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT ISN’T CORRUPTED BY
CORPORATE INFLUENCE. UNIT HAVE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO
ACTUALLY REPRESENT THE BEST INTEREST OF THE ELECTORATE AND
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN GENERAL AND THAT IS NOT WHAT
WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW AND IT IS REALLY SICK. THERE SO MANY LEVELS TO THIS. IT’S CRAZY. WAS THE 13TH.

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41 thoughts on “Why The Prison Population Is Climbing So Fast

  1. I'm thinking of retiring to a different country. Murderous police, jail for profit, a president inciting religious and racial violence. I hear Australia has a nice healthcare system.

  2. It should NEVER take more than 2 days to see a judge. >90% of the time you should see a judge within 12 hours.
    This looks like a potential police intimidation case where the police officer arrested her on what he knew were false charges and also that the longer drawn-out the woman's ordeal is the less likely she is to fight back. This happened to a friend of mine accused of threatening to assault a police officer for "forming a karate chop" who was dragged through court for over a year before before the case was dropped minutes before the trial began.

  3. Why do americans have to pay money to get released from jail? Doesn't that only favour the people with money? The rich can buy themselves out of almost anything with an expensive lawyer and pay any amount of bail, while those less fortunate are stuck with a bad lawyer and unable to pay bail and unable to get themselves released.

    I don't quite understand how that is considered to be a fair democracy where the law is equal for everybody.

  4. Jayar is correct about speeding through small towns. Most of the time, local cops aren't allowed to pull people over on the Interstate, but in some jurisdictions, they can. They target out-of-state drivers because it's easy money. If you get pulled over for speeding in Tennessee with a Michigan license plate, they know you're not going to fly back down to Tennessee from Michigan to contest it in court, you're just going to pay it. You shouldn't speed on the highways and interstates anyway, but if you're going to, you especially shouldn't do it with an out-of-state license plate.

  5. No shit, we're still barbaric and idiotic enough to think that prisoners need to be punished, rather than rehabilitated. And then we call it "justice" when in reality it is nothing more or less than revenge.

  6. Our prison system is fucked. A friend of mine is incarcerated right now for a DUI and probation violation (from another DUI). He got two years. He's begging for job training or some sort of educational program, but they just have him sitting in a cell bored all day. They won't even give him books to read. This dude is very bright, inquisitive, and just wants to learn so that he's prepared for the "real world" when he gets out. I guarantee he'd put in the work to earn a college degree while inside prison if such a program was offered. But instead, when he gets out, he's going to be a flat-broke felon that nobody will hire.

    If you're wondering why the recidivism rate is so high, it's because the prison system isn't interested in educating inmates to function outside the prison system.

  7. There should be incentives for reducing prison populations. Maybe providing educational services, community programs, and gainful employment would help states more than imprisoning people who could otherwise be rehabilitated.

  8. No one should ever profit from the imprisonment of another person,that's called slavery and I'm pretty sure its illegal.

  9. all of america is broken. politics are designed to clash rather than work together. the justice system is bogged down with red tape. insurance companies control the lives of people. and all of it is infested with corruption and dirty money and lack of human empathy or even concern for lack of empathy/sympathy. #fuckmodernamerica #movingtonetherlands

  10. Jayar is totally right about driving through small towns. I've been there, done that. The speed limit drops from 50 to 25 with no warning.

  11. You can wait 6 months to see a judge in Iberia Parish, LA. This is in violation of state law and no one does anything about it. The state laws states that a person must be arraigned within 60 days (which even that is ridiculous).

  12. The Press in this country has failed us so completely. No one on TV ever explains that these companies don't make money off the prison itself. They don't own the prison. Even if they did there's no money in that. The government owns the prison, they just run it. The money comes from the taxpayers, and it's always a higher charge than if the gov't ran it. Local governments pay these companies with tax dollars. AND THEY DON'T DO A GREAT JOB OF RUNNING THEM! Other clauses in the contract state that the gov't can't do surprise inspections OR regular checks. Insane!

  13. The land of the free is disappearing. How can this be fixed by a society based on greed?
    I hope there are people in the US that are "on" this. News by TYT is great but now action. I can't imagine being in jail for 1 day let alone 93.

  14. The police looks like they get paid by every person they take to jail because I was take to jail with no proof of the crime at all and I was innocent and if i fight the case I'll be sitting in jail for who knows how long if I plead guilty I go home now which one would you guys pick

  15. This was planned for. The goal is to create worker drones. The immediate benefits to the private sector are obvious. But there are other, longer term benefits. The majority of those incarcerated today are young men, in for what the State deems "non-dangerous, non-repetitive" crimes. Their sentences are relatively short – 5 years or less. Upon their release, corporate America is presented with the perfect wage slave. One who engenders no sympathy. One without civil rights. One who has spent the previous few years working for 25 cents an hour (if they're lucky). One who has spent their whole time in prison being conditioned into compliance on a daily basis. One unlikely to speak up for themselves for fear of going back on a parole officer's whim. And since there are certain opportunities forever denied to felons, ones with a built-in salary cap. Eventually most people will be felons. It won't be called that, of course, but the effect will be the same. A sort of "humane" final solution for those deemed unworthy.

    The State has what it wants within the first few weeks of incarceration. Fingerprints, DNA, and a thorough background check not only of you, but of friends and family. A tag and release program for humans. Catalog and control. It's a win-win for the 1%. For everyone else? Not so much.

  16. Can someone on the internet release the names of the investors? Let's shame the investors for making money out of the injustice on people.The investors and the private prisons are criminals and they belong in jail. How is this legal? Ohhh… that's right because our government dose not care about the ppl that voted for them. In fact they don't care about ppl at all.

  17. That must be the reason why Obama brought in all these illegals. He knew they would end up in prison. And prison means profits!

  18. This country U.S.A find someone guilty of robbery even though the victim never accused him. And sentenced him to 7 years in prison. Even though he's only 17 years of age and experience with no criminal record. This is the cruelest developed country in the world.

  19. Bergen County NJ routinely arrests people for being 2 weeks late on child/ spousal support. Those who are arrested will not be released until they come up with the money they owe. It doesn't matter to Bergen County if you are in arrears or not. 2 weeks late on support payments,and a warrant will be issued.

  20. They should move prisoners from overcrowded prisons in other states to these jails so they dont have to build more prisons and jails.

  21. The term "justice system" is such an oxymoron. The last thing most people get is Justice. I agree with Anna…jail (and especially prison) does nothing to rehabilitate people. 😔

  22. Top two prison investors are Henri Wedell, and George Zoley

    you can read about them here
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/whos-getting-rich-off-the-prison-industrial-complex

  23. Nothing instrumental to a healthy function society should be privatised. Not health care, prison, or education. Capital interests will always sacrifice human experience and human life for money.

  24. 6:55 Ana, there is no such thing as "crony capitalism" there is only capitalism and what it leads to.

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