Like many of the millions of Americans currently on probation, Meek Mill’s case illustrates our flawed and invasive probation system that often lands formerly incarcerated people back in prison.
“‘The probation system has never been about helping people move on with their lives after committing a crime,’ wrote journalist Michael Thomsen in a 2015 essay for Al-Jazeera America proposing the elimination of criminal probation. ‘Instead, it has enabled the government to dig deeper into peoples’ private lives in search of punishable flaws.’”
The shortage of corrections officers is a problem across the South Carolina state prison system, which has led to an uptick in violence in recent years, according to reports and prison reform advocates. Lee Correctional Institution, which houses the state’s most violent criminals, has a staff shortage of 28 percent, which means officers are working overtime to fill the gaps, Stirling said at a news conference on Monday. According to The State, a newspaper based in Columbia, South Carolina, there are about 650 vacancies for correctional staff statewide.
Formerly incarcerated people are 20% less likely to recidivate if they're able to quickly find employment after release. Yet occupational licensing restrictions effectively ban people with conviction histories from entering hundreds of professions, hindering their ability to successfully reenter society.
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The former Leftist president of Brazil, longtime union organizer, and one of the most beloved politician and head of state in the world, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was recently jailed on charges of corruption. Read Cliff Welch’s “’Millions and millions of Lulas’: A Post from Brazil” to understand some of the background and why imprisoning Lula will not end the Brazilian people’s for struggles for justice.
"The ZAD, or the autonomous “Zone to Defend”, is currently under siege by 2,500 riot police with armored vehicles and demolition machines. The militarized force of ‘gendarmes’ (national police who answer to liberal president Francois Macron) began their eviction operation on Sunday, April 8, 2018."
“The thing about nonviolence is that it works. But it only works if it’s total. The cops put the burden of violence on protesters. Our job is to do the opposite. Our job is to make it crystal clear it’s the government and the system that engages violence. We muddy the water when we use violence."--Mark Rudd, who helped form the Weather Underground