By Frank W. Dux
The prison system in America is perpetuating African American slavery in America through a loophole in the 13th Amendment whereby inmates are forced to do hard labor for little to no compensation.
Today, the pay to inmates for their labor is between .23 cents to $4 a day.
The American taxpayer pays the private prison for the difference and also pays in some instances for empty beds and guarantees of occupancy rates.
The aggregate US prison population is 2.3 million costing the US taxpayer more than $180 billion a year.
Despite this massive investment in incarceration, the national recidivism rate remains at 40 percent—meaning that four in 10 incarcerated people will return to prison within three years of release.
Prisoners return with stiffer sentences. Many tend to jump from nonviolent to violent crimes because of the inhumane conditions they were subjected to during their first incarceration.
In my opinion, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcom X both were both assassinated for attempting to disrupt the cycle of dysfunction that keeps the forced labor force in America intact and growing and interfering with the slave labor agenda of the Deep State.
Malcom X declared: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Education and rehabilitation is the answer to decreasing crime in America. The reason we don’t see that happening in part is a lack of incentive on the part of the political establishment to legislate change, with the many beholden to contributors that benefit from the private prison industry,
A decline in incarceration rates puts a damper on expanding the revenue base of private prisons and threatens the stability and size of the available forced labor force who produce many things for private industry. They are the new slaves.
Studies suggest the surest way to reduce the financial burden associated with incarceration begins by decreasing the size of prison population by not imprisoning drug addicts. In addition, alter the social climate — look at why there exist so many young, black men in prison.
The Europeans curbed their recidivism rates. This is attributable to their governments changing being more humane; unlike America, they did not want more people going back to jail. So they adopted a priority to rehabilitate rather than punish the criminal.
The most successful countries at ending high recidivism rates are Germany and Holland whose prison systems focus on enabling prisoners to lead a life of social responsibility free of crime upon release.
The physical space of these facilities — which feature reasonable [not extreme hot or cold] temperatures, ample light, and wide hallways suggest a therapeutic setting, conducive to rehabilitation.
In stark contrast, the US Justice system focused less on reform in the past 40 years and more on a “punitive path,” according to a report in the National Academy of Sciences, which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. prison population also increased 700 percent in the last 40 years.
“Unlike many other Western countries, the United States has responded to escalating crime rates by enacting highly punitive policies and laws and turning away from rehabilitation and reintegration,” that report noted.
We are declining as a nation morally and financially. It makes no sense to the American people to continue to go down this costly and ineffective path but, sadly, it does to the Deep State — those ambitious meddlers of government that profit by perpetuating social injustice.
We can turn things around. But that starts with people demanding the legislature treat the disease of substance abuse as a disease, and decriminalize it.