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Month: December, 2013

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#SolitaryConfinement by Steve B.I.K.O.

How the hell’s my ‘Jailhouse Lawyer Manual’ contraband? And the ‘Five Percenter Newspaper’? But damn, here I stand/ In a concrete box – about as small as your closet/ Stripped down to my boxers – isolated and hostage/ To the belly within ‘The Belly’ – a/k/a ‘The Hole’/ The place where those savages throw those men they can’t control They often do it to Mumia and the late, great Geronimo (Pratt)/ The game is all the same from Red Onion to Guantanamo/ Lock my body, can’t trap my mind/ But after six months in this box I’m seeing spots & dots & lines/ So when I look in the mirror, my reflection is distorted/ That cat that’s looking back ain’t that brother that got reported/ For the institutional infraction of being a free-thinker/ Tell the public I’m violent and they buy it – hook, line and sinker/ Praying for a rec. break, gritting ’till I’m toothless/ Crying for a few stamps – do you think you could do this?” #SolitaryConfinement by Steve B.I.K.O

 
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December 24, 2013

Paterson police catch one of three attempted murder suspects

My home town is going to be under Marshall in in about two more generations. Create jobs and tangible education is the key. The solution is not prison and the grave yard but a drastic look into the community its self and what is the local officials doing beside trying to fight fire with fire. Anger is those that suffer in poverty as those that have look upon us with the so called nothings in life that the angered die to obtain.

P-Town Stand the fuck up….We Dying….

Monday, December 23, 2013    Last updated: Monday December 23, 2013, 7:04 PM

           

BY  JOE MALINCONICO
Paterson Press

PATERSON – City police arrested 19-year-old Karan Abrams shortly after noon on Monday and charged him with attempted murder in connection with a shooting Saturday afternoon on Godwin Avenue.

Karan Abrams, 19.
Karan Abrams, 19.

Related: Paterson police ID three attempted murder suspects in Saturday shooting

Police said the arrest was made on Governor Street by officers from the Cease-Fire unit and Criminal Investigations division.

Two other suspects in the shooting remain at-large. City police are still looking for 20-year-old Mark A. Edwards and 18-year-old Keshawn Frazier, who also face attempted murder charges. Authorities are offering $1,000 to anyone who provides information on their whereabouts.

Police have released few details of the shooting, which happened at about 4:15 p.m. on Godwin, between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Carroll Street. The 19-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the forehead, upper back and lower back, police said. He underwent extensive surgery and is currently listed in stable but extremely critical condition, according to police.

The incident was one of three separate shootings that left four people wounded in a 27-hour period over the weekend.  Police have not said whether any of the shootings were connected to each other.

At 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside an open chicken restaurant at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Hamilton Street. At 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a Wayne man was shot by an acquaintance while they were walking on Grand Street. The victims in those two incidents did not suffer life-threatening wounds, police said.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/Paterson_police_catch_one_of_three_attempted_murder_suspects_.html#sthash.V1Fu2oOy.dpuf

December 23, 2013

Brooks: What if the prison system were its own country?

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they lose”. 
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From: Lois Ahrens <lois@realcostofprisons.org> Date: December 20, 2013 at 10:45:11 PM EST To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: Brooks: What if the prison system were its own country?
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/brooks-what-if-the-prison-system-were-its-own-country-1.6627474
Brooks: What if the prison system were its own country?         Published: December 17, 2013 12:50 PM         By ROSA BROOKS, Foreign Policy
        You already know that the United States locks up a higher        percentage of its population than any other country in the        world. If you look at local, state and federal prison and jail        populations, the United States currently incarcerates more than        2.4 million people, a figure that constitutes roughly 25 percent        of the total incarcerated population of the entire world.
        A population of 2.4 million is a lot of people — enough, in        fact, to fill up a good-sized country. In the past, the British        Empire decided to convert a good chunk of its prison population        into a country, sending some 165,000 convicts off to Australia.        This isn’t an option for the United States, but it suggests an        interesting thought experiment: If the incarcerated population        of the United States constituted a nation-state, what kind of        country would it be?
        Here’s a profile of Incarceration Nation:
        Population size: As a country — as opposed to a prison system        — Incarceration Nation is on the small side. Nonetheless, a        population of 2.4 million is perfectly respectable:        Incarceration Nation has a larger population than about 50 other        countries, including Namibia, Qatar, Gambia, Slovenia, Bahrain        and Iceland. And though the population of Incarceration Nation        has dipped a bit in the last couple of years, the overall trend        is toward growth: over the last 30 years, the incarcerated        population of the United States has gone up by a factor of four,        making Incarceration Nation’s population growth rate more than        double that of India.
        Geographic area: This is a tough one, since I haven’t found any        way to accurately measure the physical space occupied by        Incarceration Nation. We have to do some educated guessing here.        There are more than 4,500 prisons in the United States. Let’s        assume that each of those prisons takes up about half a square        mile of land — a reasonable (and probably quite low) estimate        given that most prisons are, for security reasons, surrounded by        some empty space. That gives Incarceration Nation an estimated        land area of about 2,250 square miles: small, but still larger        than Brunei, Trinidad and Tobago, Luxembourg, Bahrain and        Singapore.
        Population Density: No matter how you look at it, Incarceration        Nation is a crowded place. If we assume a land area of 2,250        square miles, it has a population density of roughly 1,067        people per square mile, a little higher than that of India. Of        course, the residents of Incarceration Nation don’t have access        to the full land-area constituting their nation: most of them        spend their days in small cells, often sharing cells built for        one or two prisoners with two or three times that many inmates.
        In 2011, federal prisons were operating 39 percent above        capacity; in many state systems, overcrowding was much worse.        (In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court found that overcrowding in        California prisons was so severe it constituted “cruel and        unusual punishment”.)
        Demographics: A nation of immigrants: Like many of the smaller        Gulf States, Incarceration Nation relies almost entirely on        immigration to maintain its population. You might even say that        Incarceration Nation is a nation of displaced persons: most of        its residents were born far away from Incarceration Nation,        which has a nasty habit of involuntarily transporting people        hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away from their home        communities, making it extraordinarily difficult for residents        to maintain ties with their families.
        In New York, for instance, one study found that “70 percent of        incarcerated individuals are in prisons over 100 miles from        their homes” — often in “isolated rural areas that are        inaccessible by direct bus or train routes.”
        Birthright citizenship? Though most residents are immigrants and        displaced persons, an estimated 10,000 babies are born each year        in Incarceration Nation. Most of those babies are deported        within months, generally landing with foster families. But        Incarceration Nation does have its own form of birthright        citizenship, if you can call it that: as many as 70 percent of        children with an incarcerated parent end up incarcerated        themselves at some point.
        Gender balance: International attention to gender imbalances has        tended to focus on China, India and other states, but        Incarceration Nation has the most skewed gender ratio of any        country on Earth: men outnumber women by a ratio of about 12 to        1.
        Racial and ethnic makeup: If Incarceration Nation were located        in a geographical region matching its racial and ethnic makeup,        it would probably be somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere,        perhaps near Brazil. Roughly 40 percent of the incarcerated        population is of African descent, another 20 percent is of        Hispanic descent, and the remaining 40 percent are Caucasian or        mixed. For the average American, this means that one’s odds of        spending time in Incarceration Nation depend greatly on gender        and race: a white woman has only a one in 111 lifetime chance of        ending up incarcerated, while a black man has a whopping one in        three chance.
        Health: Incarceration Nation doesn’t do so well here. One recent        study found that the incarcerated are “more likely to be        afflicted with infectious disease and other illnesses associated        with stress.” Tuberculosis rates, for instance, are 50 to 100        percent higher for inmates than for the general U.S. population.        (If Incarceration Nation were a real country, it would have the        highest TB rate in the world.) More than half of Incarceration        Nation’s citizens are mentally ill, with depression rates        roughly on a par with those experienced by citizens of        Afghanistan. Another recent study found that for every year        spent incarcerated, life expectancy dips by two years.
        Human Rights: Incarceration Nation is a police state. ‘Nuff        said.
        Economics: Incarceration Nation doesn’t make it easy for        outsiders to understand its unique economy, but it’s possible to        gather a few data points.
        Per Capita Spending: Judged by per capita government spending,        Incarceration Nation is a rich country: its government spends an        average of about $31,000 per year on each incarcerated citizen.        (State by state, costs vary. Kentucky and Indiana spend less        than $15,000 on each inmate per year, while in New York State,        the per capita cost per inmate is more than $60,000 a year. In        New York City, per capita costs for jail inmates reach an        astronomical $168,000 per year.)
        Internationally, only little Luxembourg spends as much on its        citizens as Incarceration Nation; among the generally wealthy        states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and        Development, average per capita spending is under $15,000, and        Sweden, France, Germany, Canada, the United States and the        United Kingdom all spend under $20,000 per year on each citizen.
        Gross Domestic Product: Incarceration Nation doesn’t have a GDP,        per se, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t turn a profit —         sometimes, and for some people. For American taxpayers, aid to        Incarceration Nation is pretty expensive: looking at just 40        U.S. states, the Vera Institute of Justice found that the cost        to taxpayers of incarceration in these states was $39 billion.        Overall, federal and state governments spend an estimated $74        billion on prisons each year. (This doesn’t count spending on        state and local jails.) How much is $74 billion? It’s higher        than the GDP of more than half the countries in the world,        including Lebanon, Paraguay, Nepal and Lithuania.
        Some people make a lot of money from Incarceration Nation.        Incarceration Nation employs about 800,000 people as prison        guards, administrators and the like — almost as many people as        are employed in the entire U.S. automobile industry — and in        some rural areas, prisons are the main employers. But the real        money goes to the operators of private prisons and the companies        that make use of prison labor.
        Overall, private prisons house roughly 10 percent of        Incarceration Nation’s residents, and large private prison        companies (such as CCA, the Geo Group, and Cornell Companies)        boast impressive annual revenues. In 2011, for instance, CCA —         which urges potential investors to take advantage of “highly        compelling corrections industry dynamics” — has an annual        revenue of over $1.7 billion, and its CEO, Damon Hininger, was        the happy recipient of some $3.7 million in executive        compensation in 2011.
        Labor Standards: If you think low labor costs in countries such        as China and Bangladesh are a threat to U.S. workers and        businesses, labor conditions in Incarceration Nation will        dangerously raise your blood pressure. Take UNICOR, a.k.a.        Federal Prison Industries, which employs 8 percent of “work        eligible” federal prisoners. Hourly wages offered by UNICOR        range from 23 cents an hour — about on a par with garment        workers in Bangladesh — to a princely $1.35 for “premium”        prisoners, comparable to the hourly wage of Chinese garment        workers. That’s a good deal less than the $2 average hourly wage        for a manufacturing worker in the Philippines, or the $6 an hour        average wage for Mexican manufacturing workers.
        Who benefits from these low wages? The U.S. Department of        Defense, for one. The DOD is UNICOR’s largest customer; in        fiscal year 2011 it accounted for $357 million of UNICOR’s        annual sales. UNICOR makes everything from Patriot missile        components to body armor for the DOD: In September 2013, for        instance, the DOD announced that the Army has awarded UNICOR a        “$246,699,217 non-multi-year, no option, firm-fixed-price        contract . . . to procure Interceptor Body Armor Outer Tactical        Vests for various foreign military sales customers.”
        This is a great deal for everyone except the population of        Incarceration Nation, since they’re stuck with forced labor at        wage levels that would make many third world employers blush. No        one likes to talk about this, of course: “We sell products made        by prison labor” isn’t the kind of slogan likely to generate        consumer enthusiasm. But to those in the know — as an online        video promoting UNICOR’s call-center services boasts — prison        labor is “the best-kept secret in outsourcing.”
        Maybe Incarceration Nation really is a foreign country.
        Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and a fellow        at the New America Foundation. She served as a counselor to the        U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2011 and        previously served as a State Department senior adviser.
December 18, 2013

What Does it Mean to be Redeemed?

What Does it Mean to be Redeemed?.

December 16, 2013

US Government Report Warns That Prisons May Be Making Us LESS Safe

The Department of Justice’s inspector general released a  strongly worded report Friday finding the “crisis” in America’s federal  prison system poses a “critical threat” to the DOJ’s ability to function.

 

The Bureau of Prisons took up about 20% of the DOJ’s budget in 2001, but the  BOP now eats up a full quarter of the budget, the report pointed out. The  president’s latest budget shows the total cost of “correctional activities” will  continue to go up until 2018, according to the inspector general’s report.

The inspector general said “the costs of the federal prison system continue  to escalate, consuming an ever-larger share of the Department’s budget with no  relief in sight.”

This is problematic because the DOJ is using resources on prisons that could  be going to enforce the law, protect national security, and defend people’s  civil rights, the inspector general said. The DOJ’s role in protecting national  security became even more apparent after the Boston Marathon bombings, the  report noted.

As Mary Price, general counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums  tweeted today, “I feel less safe after  reading this report: BOP swallowing DOJ budget. What’s left for public  safety?”

To be fair, leadership at the DOJ has recognized that America’s tendency to  lock people up diverts resources from the agency’s other efforts.

Deputy Attorney General Eric Cole told the American Bar Association last month, “Every dollar we spend  [on prisons] is a dollar we are not spending on law enforcement efforts aimed at  violent crime, drug cartels, public corruption cases, financial fraud cases,  human trafficking cases, child exploitation, just to name a few.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has also directed federal prosecutors to, in  many cases, stop charging crimes in a way that triggers lengthy mandatory minimum sentences.

The inspector general’s report says the DOJ can still do a better job of  using existing programs to cut its prison population. One of those programs is  the International  Prisoner Treaty Transfer Program, which lets the U.S. ship foreign prisoners  back to finish their time in their native countries.

That program has been in place since 1977, but foreign nationals still made  up 26% of federal inmates in 2013.

“At a time when the Department’s leadership is concerned about a prison cost  crisis,” the IG report stated, “the Department must continue its efforts to  improve the implementation of this program that has been authorized by Congress  and that could have a material impact on prison costs.”

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/doj-inspector-general-report-on-performance-challenges-2013-12#ixzz2nfxATWg0

Video | December 16, 2013

23 Reason Why 23 years is Enough

December 16, 2013

Born Again!

Nothing in this world will ever cause us to depart, I feel so bad that I was not there from the start.

Having you near and so close to my heart is like an art of nature, to feel for a stranger.

Keeping you safe from danger is my only anger, I don’t want you to ever have to pick up a banger.

Striving to do all that I can and be the Man that you always needed me to be, falling short is not a sport

that I’m not willing to lose.

I still have a bruise form trying to just cruise through life without its most precious jewel, you are my future I’ll get out my sutures and stich you back together again.

Many people doubt the success of your repair, that is exactly why I’m standing right here. Don’t bend or fold just stay strong and grow cause your future is the pot of gold.

December 13, 2013

WHO ARE THE “REFORMED OFFENDERS?”

“The reformed offender is no longer a threat to public safety. We have appeared before our first, second, third and fourth parole boards and are still being denied parole release.
 
 We have been denied parole based on the ‘instant offense.’ The ‘instant offense’ will never change. People and conditions can and do change and we, as reformed offenders, have shown through our demonstrated words and actions over the years, that the false reasoning used by the Parole Board to deny parole should not be allowed to stand…
 
 “As reformed offenders, we realize that we will always owe a debt of atonement to our families and communities, because of the history of crime and ignorance that we once helped to perpetuate requires our commitment to eradicate.
 
 We have shown remorse, obtained college degrees, organized and coordinated prison programs aimed at reforming others. We have enormous resources of skills, knowledge, and experience to offer. We ask that you hold us accountable and that you hold your elected officials responsible.”  (George BaBa Eng, 2007)
 
 
George BaBa Eng is the Director of Programs for PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, INC.. He is a Reformed Offender. After 36 years of incarceration in the states of NY and NJ, he is free, living with the rules and regulations of NY Parole Supervision. While on the inside, he spent most of his time getting an education, taking advantage of therapeutic programs, and working to better himself while encouraging fellow prisoners to do the same. He earned an Associate Degree in Para-Legal Studies and a BS in Sociology. He graduated cum laude in 2004. He also holds a diploma from the NY Theological Seminary in Christian Ministries/Pastoral Counseling. 
 
In addition to taking therapeutic programs, he created a few and earned the NAACP’s prestigious Thalheimer Award in 1991 for “exemplary program development.” His work experience on the inside is extensive, having served as a law library clerk, teacher’s aide, chaplain’s clerk, and facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project.
 
Mr. Eng is also a writer whose words have been shared in print, electronic, and broadcast media. In 2003, a scholarly paper on “Restorative Justice” was shared at the Manning Marable Conference on Africana Studies at Columbia University in NYC. He is also a certified Peer Counselor and a certified Educator/Trainer for  HIV/AIDS awareness.
 
 
WE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE
REFORMED OFFENDERS
 
SHAWNON BOLDEN
(aka Bro. Mu’haimin)
 
This  is Bro. Mu’haimin (center) with his family. Each family member provided  a beautiful letter of support for Shawnon’s first parole board appearance.  He also received several letters of reasonable assurance from organizations that believed that he was both parole ready and parole eligible. His family has encouraged and inspired him since he was first incarcerated in 1990. In turn, he has encouraged and inspired them by showing remorse for his crime, securing an education, and working hard to show his willingness to be an asset to his family and community. Members of the  Circle of Supporters for Reformed Offenders helped Bro.Mu’haimin and his family with letters of support, phone calls, and by providing guidance in the preparation of his “parole package.”
We had a major victory! Bro. Mu’haimin will be FREE in 90 days (January 7, 2014)! 
 
 
 
 
 
 James Mc Moore
 (aka Bro. Adl)
 
We have known  James Mc Moore for several years. Through frequent letters and phone calls, we have been kept abreast of his many achievements. He has recently earned 18 college credits from Siena College, Londonville, NY. In a recent letter (08-21-13), F. Pizzo, C. O. & Staff Advisor of the B1-Aftercare Addiction Counseling Program at Mt. McGregor  C. F. describes him as being diligent and productive  in this offender ran program as a staff member. Mr. Mc Moore facilitated the curriculums that governed the programs’ daily and evening activities, consisting of therapeutic group meetings, sessions, and seminars. C. O. Pizzo also states, “He has always displayed a strong desire to rehabilitate himself as well as help others do the same by immersing into all aspects of the program, as well as through sacrifice of personal time.” We actively support Bro. Adl as he prepares for his upcoming parole hearing, scheduled for May of 2014. We know that he is eager to be a free and focused asset to his family (shown above) and his community.