Because I am not currently in the Korporatist Republik der Amerika, I get the luxary of watching programs not normally seen by Amerikans or Cascadians at home. Right now running on BBC World is a documentary report on the growing Amerikan prison system. Unfortunately I can not find a stream for those in the Amerikan Police State to watch. So ask yourself "when is the US to be a Police State?" "With 2 million people are in the penal system at one time and the US of A having the biggest incarcerated population (only seconded by Russia) in the world, are we ready for a revolution yet?"
Mind you that I believe this documentary does not include county jails, those awaiting incarceration, those released because of crowded jails and in other correction programs.
Wikipedia has some good information as to illustrate the Penal Amerika:
the following is from the BBC World website:
Jail, The American Way
This programme takes a close look at tougher penal laws in Tennessee and Arizona.
Saturday 3rd March at 0930 GMT
Repeated: Saturday 3rd at 1630 (Not America) and Sunday 4th at 0330, 1330 and 2130 GMT
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Last year the United States set a sombre record: nearly 100 prisoners were put to death. However, the death sentence is just the tip of the iceberg of a penal and penitentiary system which is getting tougher by the day.
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Last year the United States set a sombre record: nearly 100 prisoners were put to death.
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Longer sentences, fewer chances for parole, scrapped rehabilitation programs and a crackdown on crime are part and parcel of a new trend which began about ten years ago.
Today there are two million inmates in the United States making the prisoner-per-inhabitant ratio almost the highest in the world, second only to Russia. Some states like California are now spending more on prisons than on education.
The system's answer to these budgetary problems has been to legalize private jails, where costs, especially labour costs, get cut to the bone.
This programme takes a close look at tougher penal laws in Tennessee and Arizona. In Arizona's Maricopa County, reporters interview an odd Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who believes making prison hell is a sure deterrent. He outfits his prisoners in striped prison uniforms, pink underwear and chains, then he puts them to work.
They live in tent camps in the searing heat of the Arizona desert and have to pay for food and health care. In the United States Wild West justice is back in town as lawmakers try to crack down on crime.
found at http://www.bbcworld.com/Pages/Programme.aspx?id=57