Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Prisons Are Big Business, Man



I read recently that the U.S. has a greater percentage of its population locked up than any other country in the world. Despite budget cuts and tax shortfalls housing inmates costs the country almost $600 billion a year.

Even more stunning, in 2009 there were 7.2 million people in prison and under official supervision like probation -- a larger population than the state of Washington. And 4 in 10 prisoners return to state prisons within three years of release.

I also read that it costs New Jersey $253 million every year to house just its death row prisoners -- $11 million apiece.

Guess how much is being spent here
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


Did You Know . . .?

A thimbleful of tobacco can fetch up to $50 at a maximum security prison.



On this day in 1954, after 44 months in prison, former government official Alger Hiss was released and proclaimed once again that he is innocent of the charges that led to his incarceration. One of the most famous figures of the Cold War period, Hiss was convicted in 1950 of perjury for lying to a federal grand jury. Specifically, Hiss was judged to have lied about his complicity in passing secret government documents to Whittaker Chambers, who thereupon passed the papers along to agents of the Soviet Union.

Upon his release, Hiss immediately declared that he wished to "reassert my complete innocence of the charges that were brought against me by Whittaker Chambers."

The controversy over the facts in the Hiss case is also here forever. It remains a highly charged issue. His defenders argue that Hiss was a victim of the Red Scare that swept through the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s. Others are equally adamant in maintaining his guilt, claiming that documents recently released from Soviet archives strongly support the case that Hiss was a spy for the Soviet Union.



-  putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment.
-  the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement."
-  the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining him.

Imprisonment is a legal term. It refers to the restraint of a person's liberty. Imprisonment is no other thing than the restraint of a man's liberty, whether it be in the open field, or in the stocks, or in the cage in the streets or in a man's own house, as well as in the common gaols; and in all the places the party so restrained is said to be a prisoner so long as he hath not his liberty freely to go at all times to all places whither he will without bail or mainprise or otherwise.
--From Wikipedia



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Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

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The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.
--Joseph Lewis, Voltaire: The Incomparable Infidel, 1929


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