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Prisons & You

Prisons & You

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  1. Prison-Industrial Complex “The dividends that accrue from investment in the punishment industry, like those that accrue from investment in weapons production, only amount to social destruction” - Social Activist, Angela Davis U.S. economy 60 billion dollars of the budget is allocated to the prison system Jim Crow - post-reconstruction era until the 1970s A series of anti-black laws Came to an end w/ the success of the Civil Rights Movement The New Jim Crow more black men are incarcerated, on parole or probation than there were black slaves in 1870 Launched in the 80’s under Nixon’s administration 1986 – 100 to 1 disparity in criminalization of crack to powder cocaine By the 1990’s, caused 1 million incarcerations per year people for $$$ Prison over Education Prisons & You To do better, one has to know better