Surprising Modern Day Slavery: The USA Prison System

Slavery in the USA Prison System

DID YOU KNOW? Privately held prisons and privately-run immigration detention facilities are on the STOCK MARKET? I learned a lot about this while campaigning with Farouk for Governor in TX. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work for lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The prison industry is one of the fastest-growing in the USA and its investors are on Wall Street. And it gets even worse: the 340% increase in Americans behind bars was funded, in part, by corporations looking for cheap labor. Dozens of respected companies funded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which passed the “Prison Industries Act” to expand inmate labor.

Today, even the federal government brags about the “business opportunities” at dozens of federal prison factories across the country.

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Republican Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that “there won’t be any transportation costs; we’re offering you competitive prison labor here.”

This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.

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At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. Under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), employers receive a tax credit of $2,400 for every work-release inmate they employ as a reward for hiring “risky target groups.” The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: McDonalds uses prison labor to make its uniforms. Starbucks used them in the past to package holiday coffee. Revlon, Macy’s, Verizon and Sprint. For a complete list https://is.gd/16kvMM.

Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries like Texas do not receive any compensation and are allowed to work up to 12 hours per day. In Colorado, they get about $2 per hour.

Thanks to prison labor, the USA is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for 3rd World labor markets. A company that operated a maquiladora (assembly plant in Mexico near the border) closed down its operations there and relocated to San Quentin State Prison in California. In Texas, a factory fired its 150 workers and contracted the services of prisoner-workers from the private Lockhart Texas prison, where circuit boards are assembled for companies like IBM and Compaq.

In privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is Core Civic Inc. in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call “highly skilled positions.” At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month.

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On average our country is spending $100,000 per inmate and less than $10,000/year is being spent per student. There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country.

The USA has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population 5 times greater than U.S. USA holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people.

From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. Profit potential for those who invest in the prison industry complex are jailing persons convicted of non-violent crimes, and long prison sentences for possession of microscopic quantities of illegal drugs.

A guard watches as detainees fold clothes at an immigration detention center run by the private corrections corporation GEO Group in Bakersfield.
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The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in the 1990s under the Clinton administration when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes.

Clinton’s program for cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates.

Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Core Civic Inc. and the GEO Group, which together control 75%.

Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one.

Core Civic Inc. used to be CCA

In Core Civic Inc. prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for “good behavior,” but for any infraction, they get 30 days added – which means more profits for Core Civic Inc. These inmates lose good behavior time at a rate of 8 times higher than those in state prisons.

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IMPORTING AND EXPORTING INMATES profits are so good that now there is a new business: importing inmates with long sentences, meaning the worst criminals. When a federal judge ruled that overcrowding in Texas prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, Core Civic Inc. signed contracts with sheriffs in poor counties to build and run new jails and share the profits.

Investors from Merrill-Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, American Express and Allstate, and the operation was scattered all over rural Texas. That state’s governor, Democrat Ann Richards, followed the example of Democrat Mario Cuomo in New York and built so many state prisons that the market became flooded, cutting into the private prison profits.

After a law signed by Clinton in 1996 – ending court supervision and decisions – caused overcrowding and violent, unsafe conditions in federal prisons, private prison corporations in Texas began to contact other states whose prisons were overcrowded, offering “rent-a-cell” services in the Core Civic Inc. prisons located in small towns in Texas. The commission for a rent-a-cell salesman is $2.50 to $5.50 per day per bed. The county gets $1.50 for each prisoner.

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Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861-1865 Civil War, a system of “hiring out prisoners” was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else’s land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then “hired out” for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads.

From 1870 until 1910 in the state of Georgia, 88% of hired-out convicts were Black. In Alabama, 93% of “hired-out” miners were Black. In Mississippi, a huge prison farm similar to the old slave plantations replaced the system of hiring out convicts. The notorious Parchman plantation existed until 1972.

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97% of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. 2/3 of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. 16% of the country’s 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness.

California Governor Gavin Newsom

In California, our Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will end the use of private prisons and privately-run immigration detention facilities.

Under the new law, California will phase out the use of these for-profit, private detention facilities by 2028. The state will be prohibited from renewing contracts or signing new contracts with a private prison company after January 1, 2020

The Trump administration sued the state of California, asserting that a new state law that bans for-profit prison contracts unconstitutionally interferes with the federal prison and immigration detention systems.

In December 2019, Federal officials signed nearly $6.5 billion in contracts with private prison companies for immigration detention centers.

How Selena is Becoming a Powerful Global Phenomenon (25 Years After Her Death)

Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16th and would have been 49 years young today. The musical genius is stronger than ever. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena continues breaking barriers. The Grammy Award winner’s stardom is catapulting into a worldwide phenomenon. From a new Netflix series, to make up and a clothing line from the fashionista; Selena continues leaving legacies for future generations.

Selena’s Netflix Series

Selena: The Series is an upcoming American biographical drama web television series based on the life of Tejano superstar Selena that is set to premiere on Netflix from a screenplay by Moisés Zamora part one consisting of ten episodes scheduled to be released in 2020.

M.A.C Is Releasing A Second Selena Collection April 21st

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In honor of Selena Quintanilla’s 25th anniversary, M.A.C is honoring the Tejano legend with a brand new collection, four years after its first M.A.C x Selena collection debuted. Working side-by-side with Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, M.A.C and Selena’s family designed a colorful range full of “rich shades in a variety of product categories flatter all skin types and tones, while speaking truly to the icon’s legendary makeup looks.” Twenty-five years after Selena last graced the stage), M.A.C revealed it will be re-releasing the M.A.C Bidi Bidi Bom Lipglass—a soft, bubblegum pink with silver flecks that were initially released in the inaugural collection.

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“When I was sitting with the M.A.C team the night before the Selena launch event in Corpus Christi, TX, I told them we would be working together one day again soon,” she tells ELLE.com. “I am forever grateful to MAC for allowing me to bring my creative vision to life for this collection and being able to share what I felt would celebrate my sister’s 25th Anniversary.”

The White Rose Collection by Forever 21

“As an artist, Selena is a legend that resonates so deeply with our customers,” said Forever 21. “Because of this, we wanted to do something special.”

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What better way to keep The Queen of Tejano Music alive than by showcasing her in our everyday clothes? “The White Rose” collection incorporates images of the iconic Tejano star, alongside various quotes and lyrics throughout graphic tees, hoodies, biker shorts and other accessories.

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J-Lo’s Tribute to Selena

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Jennifer Lopez took honored the 23rd anniversary of the 1997 biopic film “Selena,” on Instagram in which she played Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

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Lopez earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Quintanilla-Perez.

“I just go right back to the beginning of the movie in the first day of shooting and really trying to find the essence of who she was,” the singer/actress reflected. “She was an artist and she was singing from the time she was 9 years old, maybe younger. Learning how she sang, all her mannerisms, how she danced, studying the tape of her became really important.”


“Join me today in #CelebratingSelena,” Lopez captioned the video. “I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since this incredible movie came out and 25 years since her passing. Selena was such an inspiration to me and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her,” Lopez continued. “As an artist, this movie truly was an experience I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. Please share your memories of Selena and the movie with me below.”

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Surprisingly Simple Ways To Stay Healthy and Prevent Cronavirus and the Flu

Join me in spreading safety, so we can all stay healthy during this pandemic and every flu season. Not just by washing your hands and sanitizing but also by incorporating these cheap, simple hacks into your life. If you prefer watching videos, watch the video to hear me talk about what I discuss below. If you want more information regarding the products I discuss in the video, I list them below.

Why is hand washing and sanitizing such a big deal?

Ten years ago, my big brother had cancer, and I was his caregiver. The doctor explained to me that the majority of cold and flu viruses are spread through the hands. Unfortunately, cancer patients don’t get a cold and flu, they get pneumonia. I haven’t been sick with a cold or flu in over 10 years because I implemented massive hand washing and sanitizing as well as few other cheap tricks. But first, if you don’t know how to properly sanitize your hands, then this video is a MUST WATCH!!! Please note, I am not being paid to advertise this sanitizer. This one is CHI Organic Gardens Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer and was sent to me by my old boss to review, and I love it! But as long as you use a sanitizer with more than 65% alcohol content, then you are killing germs.

GREENS, GREENS, GRRRREENS

On top of creating an impeccable immune system, greens create a youthful, radiant glow. Banish acne, splotchy skin and reduce wrinkles. Grow lustrous hair and strong nails and getting rid of the bloat.

Around ten years ago I stumbled onto The Beauty Detox Solution and learned about how our bodies are designed to be vegetarian. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it, but I learned the importance of GREENS! So I started drinking them. **Please note that I am not creating ads or receiving compensation for the products in this post. I legitimately love them and use them.

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

The greens we drink are Greens Superfood Antioxidant Berry flavor by Amazing Grass. It gives you 15,000 ORAC units per serving. You only need about 7,000 per day. This company organically grows and harvests the most nutrient rich greens. Their powerful blend combines 7 alkalizing farm fresh greens, wholesome fresh fruits and veggies plus an antioxidant blend. Basically, I replaced this for the glowing green smoothie.

According to The Beauty Detox Solution, there are over 3,500 scientific studies involving over 15,000 research scientists that report a relationship between the consumption of meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products with numerous health issues like heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, constipation, gout, gall stones, diverticulosis hemorrhoids and osteoporosis. An excellent documentary that talks about living your best life eating plant based foods is The Game Changers on Netflix. Watch the clip here and remember guys that the plant based industry has multiplied so now you can buy almost any meat, plant based.

What does ORAC value mean, and why is it important?

ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity, is the measurement of the free radical fighting strength of an antioxidant. The higher the ORAC value, the more ability it has to reduce oxidative damage to the cells.

How to build your body’s defenses against germs and sickness?

It’s possible to naturally boost your immune system – and easier than you probably think.

Increase vitamin intake

Vitamins B6, C and E are all known for their immune-boosting properties. You can get all of these vitamins from a well-balanced diet. Some foods rich in these vitamins include eggs, bell peppers, spinach and almonds. However, I prefer taking supplements daily, so you know that you got the necessary amount of each one.

If you have high cholesterol, make sure you are taking plenty of fish oil.

Vitamins are important building blocks of the body and help keep you in good health. I always take a one a day multi-vitamin. If it’s flu season or during this coronavirus pandemic, I’m doubling up. Walmart has the Equate brand that’s really cheap.

Calcium and Vitamin D are proven to aid in bone health, so in addition to a multi-vitamin, I also add these, per my gynecologist. Folic Acid is proven to reduce birth defects, take this if you are a woman that intends having children one day.

B vitamins are proven to increase energy and aid in neurological functions. I also add one of these. My doctor recommends taking the Super B Complex.

Magnesium is proven to relax the body. I struggle with anxiety, so this is one of my best friends. You can also add this and potassium with some pink Himalayan sea salt to your water. This makes it electrolyte water, something I drink daily.

Both Vitamin C and Zinc are proven to increase immune function.

Lastly, don’t forget the game changer – probiotics. Probiotics can add back the helpful bacteria and also boost the level of immune cells in the mucous membranes of the intestines. I am obsessed with Renew Life® Ultimate Flora Women’s Vaginal Probiotic is a potent formula made with 50 billion live cultures from 10 different probiotic strains, including plenty of Lactobacilli to support vaginal health for a woman’s unique needs.

What are some of the tips and tricks you have to boost your immune function? I want to know. Comment below!

SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

THE HISPANIC BLOG IS THE LATEST HISPANIC NEWS BY JESSICA MARIE GUTIERREZ

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Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).  In 1965, following a civil rights movement demonstration in Selma, Alabama, which ended in bloodshed, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act and catapulted the civil rights movement by making discriminatory practices that disenfranchised voters illegal.

 

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The 15th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” However, continuing discriminatory practices like poll taxes and mandatory literacy tests prevented African Americans from voting and in 1965 Congress passed the VRA. Section 5 of the VRA prohibits discrimination based on race, critical in specific states with historical and documented discriminatory restrictions on voting.

 

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These particular jurisdictions are prevented from making changes in their election requirements without first getting pre-approval from the federal government. Section 2 of the VRA bars the use of voting practices or procedures that discriminate against minority voters.

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During the 2012 Presidential election there were many attempts to disenfranchise voters with attempts to pass voter ID laws that prevented minorities and elderly people from exercising their Constitutional right to vote. Long voting lines and last minute changes to polling sites are every bit as oppressive as the poll taxes that dominated past elections before the passing of the VRA of 1965.
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“Texas, for example, proposed a stringent voter ID law that had the purpose to prevent minority voter participation which the Supreme Court found violated Section 5 of the VRA,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “It’s outrageous to minority voters to suggest that the VRA is outdated in light of recent attempts by states to disenfranchise voters. The progress we’ve made has been solely because of the protections offered by the VRA, and any distinctions made are attempts to manipulate the law for political advantage.” The League of United Latin American Citizens is rallying on February 27th on the steps of the Supreme Court in order to reinforce to the Court that the Voting Rights Act protects real voters from discrimination.

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IMMIGRATION REFORM: A PATH TO RESIDENCY

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A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, under the draft bill being written by the White House. If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.

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The bill is being developed as members in both chambers of Congress are drafting their own immigration bills. In the House, a bipartisan group of representatives has been negotiating an immigration proposal for years and are writing their own bill. Last month, four Republican senators joined with four Democratic senators to announce their agreement on the general outlines of an immigration plan.

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One of those senators, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Obama‘s bill repeats the failures of past legislation and would be “dead on arrival” in Congress. “It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders,  (and) creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally,” Rubio said. “It would actually make our immigration problems worse.”

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The draft was obtained from an Obama administration official who said it was being distributed to various agencies.  The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the proposal publicly. The bill mirrors many provisions of the bipartisan 2007 bill that was spearheaded by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and ultimately failed.

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In his first term, Obama often deferred to Congress on drafting and advancing major legislation, including the Affordable Care Act. He has openly supported the efforts in Congress to take the lead on immigration legislation, and just this week met with Democratic senators to discuss their proposals. But two weeks ago in Las Vegas, while outlining his immigration plans, Obama made clear that he would not wait too long for Congress to get moving. “If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away,” he said.
White House spokesman Clark Stevens said Saturday that the administration continues to support the bipartisan efforts ongoing in Congress.
“The president has made clear the principles upon which he believes any common-sense immigration reform effort should be based,” Stevens said. “We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit.”

READ MORE: USA TODAY

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