Category Archives: Drug wars and the prison system

Who is Joe Arpaio? His Arizona women’s prisons are reminiscent of Nazi death camps

[ You may remember back in August 2017 that President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.   But most left out an even bigger reason why he is truly evil: his Arizona women’s tent city prisons.  Below is a description of one from … Continue reading

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The growth of incarceration in the U.S. Causes and consequences. National Research Council 2014

Preface. This National Research Council 465-page report may be the most comprehensive study of the U.S. prison system there is.  It will make you cry. I’ve excerpted about one-sixth of it below.  It is shocking that the “U.S. penal population … Continue reading

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Book review of “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last days of the War on Drugs”

[ The founder of the War on Drugs, Harry Anslinger, wanted to build as large a bureaucracy as possible. But a war on narcotics alone—cocaine and heroin, outlawed in 1914—wasn’t enough. They were used only by a tiny minority, and … Continue reading

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Prison System – 2.2 million in jail, 5 million on parole

How  can Americans be so proud of themselves when our society has imprisoned one in a hundred people, more than any other nation on earth?  And many of them subjected to the most cruel kind of torture — isolation — … Continue reading

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