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Learn about the Prison-Industrial Complex

wednesday, may 23rd, 7 pm, smith memorial center 296
a forum on:
the prison-industrial complex

come to learn more about prisons issues in the u.s. and what people are doing about them.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd, 7 pm, Smith Memorial Center 296
A Forum On:
THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

COME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRISONS ISSUES IN THE U.S. AND WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING ABOUT THEM. FEATURING:

Lora C. Wetzel, Advocates for Women in Prison: Ms. Wetzel is the fundraising coordinator for A.W.I.P, as well as an Administrative Justice student at PSU. Incarcerated from 1992-1996, at the California Institute for Women on drug charges, Lora will share her experience of what life is like inside the walls.

Bridget Sarabi, Western Prison Project: Ms. Sarabi is the director for the WPP, a regional organization based in Portland, OR, that is working to build the prison activist and criminal justice reform movement to seven western states. The WPP works primarily with prisoners, former prisoners, and prisoner's families. She is the co-author of "The Prison Payoff: The Role of Politics and Private
Prisons in the Incarceration Boom". As a representative of WPP, she works in alliance with national efforts to stop private prisons, and serves on a national working group to build solidarity between urban activists and rural activists seeking to stop new prison construction.

Daraka Larimore-Hall, Young Democratic Socialists: Mr.
Larimore-Hall is the national organizer of YDS, the nations largest socialist youth organization. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has been active in student politics since high school in California, where he started out organizing against the Gulf War and in response
to the Rodney King verdict. He serves in the leadership of the International Union of Socialist Youth, and has written and spoken extensively on the subjects of socialism, the prison-industrial complex, globalization, and racial justice.

Wednesday May 23rd, 7 pm, SMC 296
Sponsored by Students for Unity, the Rearguard, and Advocates for Women in Prison

The United State's rate of incarceration, 725 inmates per 100,000 population is the highest reported rate in the world. In the last 20 years, spending on k-12 education rose 33.4% in the same period, while simultaneously spending on incarceration rose 571.4%.
The number of students graduating high school fell 2.7%, and the number of people in prison or jail rose 400%. The average cost of incarcerating someone for a year is $30,000 - more than a year at Harvard.

Black men have a 29% chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives; Hispanic males have a 16% chance; white males have only a 4% chance of going to prison.

In 1999, 46% of inmates were African-American and Hispanics were 18% of the prison population. Simultaneously, private corporations have begun to move in to the realm of private prison investment, making the process of locking people up into a for profit business. Other companies, such as TWA, Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, and many others have begun to exploit incarcerated workers, who have no right to unionize, demand that they be paid above minimum wage, or
request safe working conditions.


"If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 out of every 20 persons will serve time in a prison during their lifetime."
-U.S. Dept. of Justice


Statistics sources and for more information:
www.westernprisionproject.org
www.sentancingproject.org
www.prisonactivist.org
www.ojp.usdoj.gov

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