Sinister Convictions II: Private Ownership of American Bodies (A Ghetto Girl Blue Blog Post)

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Prison Blues

Sinister Convictions II
Private Ownership of American Bodies

 

Hi this is Jessica, sharing thoughts that may matter to you. It has been 10 years since I visited the subject of the ever-expanding prison system. Let us see where we are in 2020. ~ Ghetto Girl Blue 

The best way to begin is perhaps to take a look at how many territories the prison industry covers. Core Civic has expanded to markets all over the United States SEE MAP of Properties.

Ten years ago I mentioned Mexicans taking space in jails, but they actually built new facilities, and called them Immigration Detention Centers, something we are all aware of now. The boarder walls are rising, ICE is on the move, raiding small businesses with undocumented workers now. In 2017 the incarceration of "Illegal" immigrant went up 42%.

Private prisons were loosing momentum in the Obama years, and there was talk of ending government contracts which subsidize the acqusition of land and the building of facilities with taxable dollars, that make all Americans complicit in this tragic plight. In 2019, Trump lowered prices while maintaining the annual spending budget for the Federal Bureau of Prisons of $7.1 billion. Detention centers  will see $2.5 billion to imprison up to 47,000 illegal immigrants.
How this works:
A state is awarded a federal government contract, to build a prison with the assistance of core civic and they are given, say... a 20 year lease, as in the case of Kansas, which will be building a new prison for 2400 people who will probably not read this, or any news about new prison constructs. When a new prison is built, the beds will need bodies. No state can compare with the Golden State of California, when is comes to the business of human stock. California remains at the top of the game with an $8 Billion budget for prisons. Let's watch carefully to see if the private prison ban leads to prisoner releases. 

 

Someone said to me, "fair is medieval circus." So, I say to you, our feelings about the morality of prisons is not a consideration, nor is it in the interest of big business or government to protect your feelings. Remember, this country went to war for the right to own humans and to write wrongs as law. In fact there are supreme court cases right now for the rights own human DNA. So, pretty much, fuck your feelings. This is business, so look at the numbers blow. In them you can see the values of your home state and the value of the dollar they place on prisoner heads. Keep in mind while you read, that these prisoners for the most part, do not sit around sad writing letters and licking their own asses. They are working in nearly every field, learning skills they never had a chance to, and for most, going to prison is life changing. "Help" is high on the marketing platform of the corrections industry, though as family and friends of those convicted, you may only experience changes for the worst in those you love after they are incarcerated.

One of my foster brothers use to rob. He went to prison and came out a plumber. I should qualify this by saying he definitely presents, physically, as a white man. Already, foster kids, like we were, have many broken parts, and typically end up in jail. But, what was broken in him while he was inside, has left an alcoholic, domestically violent man who preys on Black Women with great pain and dysfunction. So now he can make money and stay out of jail because he can pay lawyers, while giving his family hell. But, I digress.

OK, so... like I was saying, each prisoner generates a certain amount per year for the state. For example, California, the first state to ban private prisons, has 132,992 prisoners @ $64,642 per head on a bed. So people who might no generate any money for the state through taxes with a job on the outside, now, technically earn 5 figures...for the state. Under Private Prison joint ventures, earnings are practically limitless, reaching out into every direction on these new plantations that include every aspect of life for prisoners who must be housed, clothed, fed, and kept well. So not only does the private prison company federal funding for building and managing, they partner with other private and publicly traded entities who use prisoners for manufacturing products which are sold to the military and to the open market. Yes, you are probably sleeping on sheets made by prisoner hands, or wearing prison panties... if you care, you can find out which companies are invested and decide to consciously and contentiously divest when shopping. 

How they decide which human stock is worth what, I do not know, yet. But prisoners in the south have very low per head allotments. This may increase the need to get more prisoners, since they don't make as much as other state for each human stock.

Below you can find a chart, excerpted from the Vera Institute, that shows you exactly how much modern day slaves are worth, by state, by year.

The Price of Prisons - Prison spending in 2015 | Vera Institute

 

State prison cost per inmate, 2015

State Prison population Prison expenditures Average cost per inmate
Alabama 31,563 $466,488,094 $14,780
Alaska 6,010 $316,323,123 $52,633
Arizona 42,131 $1,069,998,638 $25,397
Arkansas 17,785 $371,968,841 $20,915
California 132,992 $8,596,902,049 $64,642
Colorado 18,054 $709,581,867 $39,303
Connecticut 16,347 $1,016,118,399 $62,159
Delaware 6,814 $266,293,532 $39,080
Florida 100,567 $1,917,735,951 $19,069
Georgia 46,145 $921,844,210 $19,977
Hawaii 6,063 $178,406,163 $29,425
Idaho 8,120 $180,115,744 $22,182
Illinois 47,622 $1,595,647,075 $33,507
Indiana 28,656 $517,678,909 $18,065
Iowa 8,195 $310,634,762 $37,908
Kansas 9,697 $237,682,123 $24,511
Kentucky 21,062 $351,336,792 $16,681
Louisiana 38,296 $622,350,856 $16,251
Maryland 24,028 $1,071,682,231 $44,601
Massachusetts 10,772 $594,295,857 $55,170
Michigan 43,375 $1,553,213,339 $35,809
Minnesota 9,760 $403,729,705 $41,366
Missouri 32,284 $716,287,058 $22,187
Montana 2,833 $95,125,223 $33,578
Nevada 13,665 $243,935,441 $17,851
New Jersey 21,992 $1,354,767,292 $61,603
New Mexico 7,167 $263,976,999 $36,832
New York 53,181 $3,688,356,319 $69,355
North Carolina 37,066 $1,118,669,204 $30,180
North Dakota 1,696 $65,467,993 $38,601
Ohio 50,452 $1,337,453,060 $26,509
Oklahoma 27,369 $451,501,686 $16,497
Oregon 14,538 $639,974,399 $44,021
Pennsylvania 50,366 $2,151,980,000 $42,727
Rhode Island 3,182 $186,349,078 $58,564
South Carolina 21,773 $436,615,085 $20,053
South Dakota 3,524 $73,122,593 $20,748
Tennessee 30,837 $723,680,760 $23,468
Texas 149,159 $3,283,213,997 $22,012
Utah 6,907 $152,778,962 $22,119
Vermont 2,026 $116,727,820 $57,615
Virginia 38,688 $824,010,613 $21,299
Washington 16,716 $632,557,822 $37,841
West Virginia 6,882 $188,966,523 $27,458
Wisconsin 22,461 $867,991,403 $38,644
TOTAL (45 states) 1,288,818 $42,883,537,590 $33,274

 

How are we complicit? Well, if you are part of the entertainment industry, and participate in music and video that promotes violence, you are at the top of the list of people who send radio frequencies into a program that promotes behavior that leads directly to the incarceration of humans. You are like the auctioneer, offering up the human live stalk with details of their pedigree, lifestyle, criminal methodology, romantic issues and family values. I am old enough to remember the actual shift in musical message and frequency.

 

BBQ Betties... Miss Millies and all them, for obvious reasons. Calling the police unnecessarily, out of spite, or unwarranted fear, with full knowledge that a personal of color is likely to go to jail and might die... yes, you are complicit in the problem.

Shoppers hold a lot of power, because the shopper buys the products made in prison. If you want to know which companies are invested directly or indirectly in the Prison system, this is public information. I will name a few, but the list is so big. One interesting fact, is that Thurgood Marshall's son sits on the Board of Directors of Core Civic.

* JP Morgan Chase to pull out of private prisons

GGB

 

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