Remember Gov. Deal mentioned poultry operators as an illustration
of his bogus point that government intervention is always bad?
Well, I guess he forgot that when he answered this question:
THE TIMES: Your proposal to have probationers replace illegal immigrants
for farm labor. Did that idea work? If it didn’t or it did, what’s
going to happen next year during the picking season?
DEAL: “Well, it worked with some success. I think there was a great
deal of skepticism about it on whether these people will work and there
is a threat associated with their presence. We have to remember that
probationers are not under arrest. They are free in our society.
Except for little things like not being able to vote if they are felons,
and having to pay their probation officers.
But back to the Gov.:
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Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a half-measure to reduce the Georgia prison population
that nonetheless is a useful measure (the good).
He reiterated a bogus talking point (the ugly).
Then he proceeded to contradict it in advocating something that would
work against reducing the prison population (the bad).
“I think one of the better things we can do is have accountability
in courts whether they be drug courts, DUI courts, mental-health courts,
towards sentence reform.
the like. We know that they work. We know the recidivism rate, if they go
through those approaches rather than directly into the prison system. We
have less recidivism. We break the addictions, and we’ve got to work
very closely on that.”
If the VDT can’t get a public prison already in Lowndes County
to comply with Georgia’s quite strong open records law even with
years of requests,
why would we want a private prison in Lowndes County, which wouldn’t
have any open records requirements at all?
Inmates are intelligent. All they have is time. Why? Because there is no
rehabilitation anymore. They are merely being housed. The prison programs
don’t work, especially for lifers with nothing else to lose. So they
have plenty of time to figure out ways to beat the system.
After forty years of the war on drugs, America continues to have laws
that stratify society based on race and class and continues to ignore
Dr. King’s lessons on justice, compassion and love.
My favorite quote from Dr. King speaks to the heart of the problem with
America’s criminal justice system. “Power without love is reckless
and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power
at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at
its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
America’s criminal justice system is reckless and discriminate. America
has five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the
world’s prisoners. Blacks are incarcerated at four to five times the
rate of whites for drug crimes, even though the majority of those who
use and sell drugs are white. The majority of those incarcerated are
people who have a history with mental health and substance abuse.
Not only does incarceration impact individuals but it undermines families,
Since June, when Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed an immigration
enforcement law called the toughest in the country by critics and
supporters alike, the opposition has been vocal and unceasing.
Thousands of protesters have marched. Anxious farmers
Here’s why this matters. Or, more to the point, why it matters more than
if such a statement came from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. The NAACP is
not just the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It
is also its most conservative.
Conservative as in:
…denoting a propensity toward caution and a distrust of the bold, the
risky, the new. And that’s the NAACP all over.
…there has always been something determinedly middle class and cautious
about the NAACP. This is the group whose then-leader, Roy Wilkins,
famously detested Martin Luther King for his street theatrics.
For that group, then, to demand an end to the Drug War represents a
monumental sea change.
If you grew up at the same time that I did, you’ll remember the “Just
Say No” anti-drug campaign that became popular in the mid-1980s and
It manifested itself in many ways, from the posters and talks in class
to the “very special episodes” of shows such as “Blossom” and “The
Facts of Life,” where a character encounters a kid from the wrong side
of the tracks who is pressuring him or her to try drugs. Inevitably,
good prevailed and the druggie turned out to be from a broken family
and needed only a good face-to-face with Nancy Reagan, the driving
force behind the campaign, to overcome his addiction. (She appeared on
“Diff’rent Strokes,” and considering the real-life histories of Gary
Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, she probably should have stuck
around for a five-episode story arc.)
“Just Say No” was part of the larger war on drugs the Nixon administration
declared in 1971. For grown-ups, that war symbolized a lot more than
sappy primetime television. Especially for black adults. For them, it
meant stricter laws for those found buying, selling and distributing
To that end, the NAACP took an interesting step at its national convention
last month. It approved a resolution to end the war on drugs because of
its devastating effect on the black community.
I have tried working with probationers
and I’ll just say that it was a very inconsistent supply of workers.
Hm, the VDT previously was of a similar opinion,
an opinion that got quoted in the AJC.
Maybe the VDT didn’t know Kingston was pushing HB 87,
even though they sat down with him yesterday morning?
We don’t need an ALEC-organized private prison law like HB 87
to profit private prison company CCA,
and we don’t need a CC private prison in Lowndes County.
Spend those tax dollars on rehabilitation and education instead.
A northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered Thursday to spend nearly
three decades in prison for his role in a massive bribery scandal
that prompted the state’s high court to toss thousands of juvenile
convictions and left lasting scars on the children who appeared in his
courtroom and their hapless families.
Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 28
years in federal prison for taking a $1 million bribe from the builder
of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as
“kids for cash.”
Now that’s privatization of justice!
Looks a lot like no justice at all.
Makes you wonder how many other people are in prison who shouldn’t be.
We don’t need a private prison in Lowndes County, Georgia.
Spend that tax money on rehabilitation and education.
PS: Had to go to the Guardian for the picture, though.
We cannot duck this issue.
I couldn’t duck it any more.
I couldn’t sleep, if I wasn’t out advocating
getting rid of the War on Drugs.
You can’t get to end the War on Drugs
that the whole bureaucratic
institution of the United States of America
has declared, unless you end prohibtion.
They couldn’t do it with alcohol, and you can’t do it with drugs.
—Alice Huffman, President, California NAACP