UK Column News – 16th November 2016

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UK Column News – 16th November 2016:

Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson are joined by Alex Thomson from Eastern Approaches and David Ellis from Strategic Defence Initiatives for today’s news update, including:
START    NATO merger of military and policing roles?
10:50      Protests in Belgium
15:00      The end of the Royal Navy
20:40      EU Foreign Affairs Council – EU Military integration agreed
26:25      Largest expansion of BBC World Service since 1940s
37:00      State of UKs prisons
45:00      Guardian pushing for more child trafficking
48:40      More on the Purple Revolution in the USA

WTF Headline Of The Day: GOP Senator Says “US Is Under-Incarcerated,” Should Lock Up More People

WTF Headline Of The Day: GOP Senator Says “US Is Under-Incarcerated,” Should Lock Up More People:

There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There are 2.7 million minors with an incarcerated parent. The imprisonment rate has grown by more than 400 percent since 1970, and that increased incarceration has had a very limited effect on crime over the past two and a half decades. So… with that in mind, here is a little more crazy to end the week from Senator Tom Cotton…

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Texas Prison Riot: 2,800 Inmates To Be Moved From Now ‘Uninhabitable’ Facility

Texas prison riot: 2,800 inmates to be moved from now ‘uninhabitable’ facility (RT, Feb 22, 2015):

After 2,000 inmates, mostly immigrants, took over a Texas prison in a riot over poor medical services, federal authorities have decided to relocate all the detainees from the now “uninhabitable” correctional facility.

The riot at the Willacy County Correctional Center erupted on Friday afternoon, when prisoners refused to eat breakfast or report for work to protest medical services at the facility.

The prison was practically run over by the inmates, who continue to hold down the fort. It still remains unclear what medical service issues had upset the inmates. Only around 800 to 900 inmates have refused to riot in a facility that holds some 2,900 people, most of whom are immigrants with criminal record.

Read moreTexas Prison Riot: 2,800 Inmates To Be Moved From Now ‘Uninhabitable’ Facility

America’s Prison Population Over The Past 100 Years (Chart Of The Day)

America’s Prison Population Over The Past 100 Years

Chart of the Day – America’s Prison Population Over the Past 100 Years (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Feb 12, 2015): 

There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There are 2.7 million minors with an incarcerated parent. The imprisonment rate has grown by more than 400 percent since 1970.

Recent research suggests that incarceration has lost its potency. A report released this week from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law finds that increased incarceration has had a very limited effect on crime over the past two and a half decades.

– From today’s Five-Thrity-Eight article: The Imprisoner’s Dilemma

The sickening and absurd rate of incarceration in these United States has been a frequent topic of conversation here at Liberty Blitzkrieg over the years (links at the end). In our national insanity, the U.S. has only 5% of the worlds population, yet 25% of its prisoners. Many of these people have no business being locked in a cage to begin with, and are wasting their lives away for committing “victimless crimes,” i.e. for no good reason.

While the immorality of locking up so many of our fellow citizens for non-crimes should be readily apparent, today’s article from Five-Thirty-Eight offers evidence that America’s incarceration rate has become so saturated that it has absolutely no meaningful impact in lowering crimes rates anyway. The time for prison reform and the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences is long overdue.

From Five-Thirty-Eight:

Read moreAmerica’s Prison Population Over The Past 100 Years (Chart Of The Day)

Prisons At Breaking Point, Says UK Chief Inspector

Prisons at breaking point, says UK Chief Inspector (RT, July 11, 2014):

British prisons have seen a “significant” and worrying deterioration, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has said.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Nick Hardwick urged the government to take action, telling the programme that he saw prisoners living in “deplorable conditions” in some jails.

Read morePrisons At Breaking Point, Says UK Chief Inspector

​Nebraska Releases HUNDREDS Of Inmates By Mistake, Now Wants Them Back

​Nebraska releases hundreds of inmates by mistake, now wants them back (RT, June 28, 2014):

Authorities in Nebraska have mistakenly freed hundreds of prisoners over several years due to correction officials miscalculating their sentences. Law enforcement is now looking to put dozens of them behind bars again.

All in all, 306 inmates were freed erroneously, a situation first exposed by local media outlet Omaha World-Herald. 257 of them won’t be pursued, on condition that they don’t commit any offenses – because they would have completed their sentences by now. Three others died since they were let go, and five have successfully completed their parole.

Read more​Nebraska Releases HUNDREDS Of Inmates By Mistake, Now Wants Them Back

U.S. Prisoners Will Purchase An Estimated $750 MILLION In Clear Electronics

Prison Inmates Offer Captive Market For Gadget Makers (NBC News, June 22, 2014):

The catalog of corrections-approved electronics also spans big brands such as Sony and Casio with items like headphones, radios, and 15-inch flat-screen TVs, all modified to be “prison safe” –- that is, “see through” and sealed with “security screws,” according to the website for Union Supply Direct, one of the few players in this little-known market. That company is based in Rancho Dominguez, California.

Then there is Keefe Group, which has offices in 10 cities and dubs itself “the nation’s leading supplier” of prison-ready products and electronics, including televisions, typewriters, CD players, portable radios, fans, and clocks.

Read moreU.S. Prisoners Will Purchase An Estimated $750 MILLION In Clear Electronics

Hell Hole: The Shocking Secret World Inside The Walls Of Brazil’s Prisons (Video)

Inhuman, medieval conditions are the norm in Brazilian prisons where inmates have few rights. In a country where police would rather shoot a suspect than lock him up prison conditions speak to the larger issues at play.


Added: Apr 28, 2014

Hell Hole: The shocking secret world inside the walls of Brazil’s prisons

This shocking report on the inhuman, medieval conditions experienced by Brazilian prisoners defies belief. How can such an economically stable country perpetrate such blatant human rights abuses?

“We want out! The water is yellow! It’s making us sick!”. The prisoners of the Central Prison of Porto Alegre scream out of iron-barred windows. Inside, it’s a veritable museum of horrors: crumbling stone cells designed for 8 men are crammed with 40: mattresses line the floors, corridors, and even the rancid toilets, and men are literally left to rot to death. “The situation is chaotic”, says Prison Inspector Gilmar Bortolotto. He shows us the guns, mobile phones, drugs, and other weapons that are smuggled in inside the body, or by visitors or crooked staff. He explains that prison gangs impose their own rules here: “they charge [other prisoners] to sleep, to shower, for food. It’s basically a laboratory for more criminal problems”. Building new prisons, to separate repeat offenders from first timers, and the most dangerous criminals from the minor offenders, is the only way forward. Yet attributing the lack of funding for prison reforms to “the will of the people”, Gilmar seems doubtful this will ever happen. A quote from Mandela eloquently expresses his deep sense of shame: “you don’t know a country until you know that country’s prisons.”

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