There are some very disturbing facts regarding the US prison system that you should know about. I’m commenting on this because the question of Peak Oil and slavery came up over on the Peak Oil forum.
What is the liklihood that convicted criminals could be forced into slavery as Peak Oil creates more economic problems?
I stumbled acrossed these facts regarding the US prison system:
- The United States houses 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons.
- This is 500,000 more than China, a population five times larger than the U.S.
- The United States holds 25% of the world???s prison population, but only 5% of the world???s people.
- In 1972, there were 300,000 inmates, in 1990 1 million. In 2000, 2 million.
- In 1995, there were 5 private prisons. Today, 100.
The entire system is a vast slave labor gulag, and is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. They produce
100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.
And that is the short list. But it answers the question whether or not Peak Oil and slavery are interrelated. War is about profits and resources (oil) – to make war, you need a large labor pool to provide for the necessary supplies for war. The US prison system was already geared up to make those supplies.
To ensure that this vast labor pool of slaves are constantly available, new legislation is passed increasing the sentencing of “criminals”. Longer prison sentences are now mandatory for victimless crimes. It’s also clearly a federal case for racial profiling, supported by the cream of US industry: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3°Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more.
Profits are up – way up, from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates get paid a pittance, in Colorado it’s $2 per hour. In privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour, $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour.
Prison labor makes the United States a competitor for private industry. Workers from Lockhart Texas prison making circuit boards for IBM and Compaq replaced factory employees. Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. The two largest are Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Wackenhut, controlling 75% of all private prisons. The profits are enormous for these slave labor camps, with the corporations receiving “a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one.” Inmates are under forced behavior rules, which if violated, result in an additional 30 days of forced labor. CCA inmates lost “good behavior time” at a rate of eight times higher then state prisons.
The name of the game is profits. Keep the prisoners working longer, increase sentencing and causes for incarceration.
Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”
While many Americans are now reading about the slavery rings abroad (and even being used by the Whitehouse), the prison slave labor industry is thriving in America, dating back to the end of the Civil War and has only gotten progressively worse ever since, unless of course, you’re one of the stockholders.
Ninety-seven percent 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. Two-thirds of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. Sixteen percent of the country???s 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness.
I think slavery is already evident in this country and has always been with us. A great many laws are on the books supporting victimless crimes, which only serve to create more slaves, in service and profit to the State and these privately run corporations.
My interpretation of this is that a person could be enslaved for a period of time, or permanently, if convicted of a crime.
You don’t have to be convicted any longer to be incarcerated indefinitely. The Patriot Act saw to that. And convicted criminals are already being forced into slavery. The existing prison system takes advantage of the rather large labor pool and forces the prisoners to work. Payment is either a pittance or free, as I understand it. Would Peak Oil change that? If anything, it would worsen the situation. Consider that prisoners use less resources then the allegedly free man or woman and they’re not driving SUV’s, plus the added benefit of working for next to nothing.
What we are seeing is more “crimes” are being added to the books to create more victims by the State – and more fines, restitution and prisoners – creating a larger and larger slave labor pool. We have more prisoners in the United States then Russia and China – combined, with a fraction of the population.
Are we more criminally minded? It’s the wrong question to ask.
Is our government more criminally minded? Since they get to write and enforce the “rules” – and since it serves to their benefit – it’s not hard to see where this is going.