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The Disgrace of Our Criminal {in}Justice System, and hints of reform in the air

Summary:  Horrific stories about our criminal injustice system, and hints of reform blooming. Information on this website tends to the abstract. Statistics, trends, bloodless information. Today we have the opposite. David Cole reviews books telling small scale stories showing an illness in America’s soul, one unique among the world’s developed nations — and gives hints …

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Convict labor, part 3 – We cannot plead ignorance. We do know.

Summary:  The FM website strives to give you hard but lesser-known facts about America.  Good or bad (these days, usually bad).  It’s a website for those who never accept the blindfold.  In that light we present the last in this series about prison labor.  At the end are links to previous chapters, and to other …

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Convict labor returns to America, part 2 – Lucrative for the employers, expensive for us.

Summary:  We have spent decades unwinding the progress of generations.  Bringing mercenaries back on the world stage, ramping debt levels back up to WWII levels, waging preemptive war based on lies, torture of prisoners, assassination, and large-scale convict labor.  All of these produce terrible side-effects for society.  The last may severely affect the largest number of …

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Back to the future: convict labor returns to America (a powerful tool to force down wages and crush unions)

Summary: Another chapter in an ongoing series about this horrific symptom of America’s decay, both operational and moral.  Most of us don’t see it.  Rot, as in a home, usually remains hidden in the early stages (when it’s easy to treat).  Only in the advanced stages does it become obvious, when treatment is expensive and painful.  At the end …

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Why should we care about the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing strip & cavity searches of prisoners?

Summary:  We should care about the Court’s ruling allowing almost unlimited use of strip searches of prisoners.  It gives a powerful additional tool allowing police to punish people without trial, let alone conviction and sentencing by a jury of their peers.  Arrest on trivial or even perjured grounds, a few days incarceration and abuse (with strip and body …

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