Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sanders' "Justice Is Not For Sale Act"

Paragraph 1 of 4. The 'Justice Is Not For Sale Act': Senator Sanders leads the charge against for-profit prisons, saying, "It is morally repugnant and a national tragedy that we have privatized prisons all over America.'" With a call to "end the private prison racket in America," a group of progressive lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that seeks to subvert the reigning "pro-incarceration agenda" by banning private prisons, reinstating the federal parole system, and eliminating quotas regarding the number of immigrants held in detention http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/17/justice-not-sale-sanders-leads-charge-against-profit-prisons 

Paragraph 2 of 4.  Black and brown Americans and voters who have mentally ill relatives should especially support Sanders' bill to eliminate federal contracts with privatized prisons. This would help end mass incarceration in the USA and reduce police violence. Police officers are issued arrest quotas and often resort to violence in order to meet the quotas. Ethnic persons and the mentally ill of all races are targeted with particularity. 

Paragraph 3 of 4.  Sen. Sanders' Justice is Not For Sale Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), would prohibit the federal government from entering contracts with private prison corporations within two years of the bill’s enactment. Instead, state and local government will be solely responsible for overseeing state and local correctional facilities.

Paragraph 4 of 4.  "Legal Victories" readers are encouraged to request their representatives to co-sponsor the bill. Those who withhold support for the "Justice Is Not For Sale Act" are likely prison investors. Unfortunately, decision makers on the government's payroll are allowed to engage in conflicts of interest and benefit financially by introducing and voting for legislation that increases their own stock portfolios. Judges, prosecutors, crime laboratory technicians, and even some defense attorneys own stocks in private jails and prisons. This is the main cause of corruption in America's very criminal courts. A congressional bill should be introduced to force elected and appointed officials to divest or resign.  http://divestorresign.blogspot.com/

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