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America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality.

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  • Mass incarceration's ill effects are concentrated in places already in distress. Researchers once estimated that, in some inner-city neighborhoods, up to one-fifth of the young black men are behind bars at any given moment.
  • Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial.

Jeff Guo, Washington (DC) Post

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February 26,2016 | For as long as the government has kept track, the economic statistics have shown a troubling racial gap. Black people are twice as likely as white people to be out of work and looking for a job. This fact was as true in 1954 as it is today.

The most recent report puts the white unemployment rate at around 4.5 percent. The black unemployment rate? About 8.8 percent.

Jeff Guo is a reporter covering economics, domestic policy, and everything empirical. He's from Maryland, but outside the Beltway.

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Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial, Claire Bernish, Free Thought Project

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  • Justice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.
  • Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

Increasing the 'cost' of crime doesn't make us safer

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  • Problem-solving courts that invest in individuals do more to deter crime and heal communities than ever-longer prison sentences. 
  • Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial

Michael Friedman, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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February 26, 2016 | I appreciate D.J. Tice’s interest in greater rationality when it comes to discussions about criminal justice (“On crime, how times have changed,” Feb. 21), in particular as inquiry into its possible excesses has become the agenda. To continue the conversation, it may help to recognize two key problems in the way the system operates.

One is that decisions about imprisonment are almost all front-loaded. The other is that these front-loaded decisions are based on misapplied “economic” notions.

Michael Friedman is executive director of the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis.

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Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial, Claire Bernish, Free Thought Project  

  • http://tftppull.freethoughtllc.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/prison-state-usa.jpgJustice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.
  • Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

 

Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial

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  • Justice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.
  • Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

Claire Bernish, Free Thought Project  

January 25, 2016 | In the Land of the Free, one-quarter of the entire planet’s prison population, some 2.2 million people, currently languish behind bars; yet, an astonishing number of them — around 2 million — have never been to trial. Indeed, these figures categorically debunk the notion the criminal justice system in the United States maintains any semblance of its formation’s original intent: to ensure the guilty suffer punishment befitting their crimes, while the innocent avoid false conviction.

As the fundamental basis for the justice system in the United States, the Sixth Amendment states: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”

Justice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.

Claire Bernish: Avid anti-war activist, propaganda watchdog, corruption-buster, muckraker & dogged disinformation assassin | Journalist: the Anti-Media 

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Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter, TGP Staff,  the Greanville Post 

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  • The media prostitutes were naturally happy to report with no commentary on the ridiculously extravagant funeral accorded Antonin Scalia, one of the most notoriously corrupt reactionaries in the history of the US Supreme Court, a man who facilitated, among other things, the coming to power of George W Bush and the global corruption and appalling destruction that followed.
  • Abominations--The Passing of a Very Corrupt Man

Privacy, Encryption and the Fourth Amendment

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  • The Constitution requires our judiciary to demand that the government establish probable cause case-by-case and phone-by-phone.  is our best protection from abuse.
  • It is the Constitution of the United States, not the commercial interests of Apple, that protects our privacy.

Gary Hart and Cyrus Vance, Huffington Post

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02/23/2016 | Many of us are as ardent about preserving the Fourth Amendment protection against unwarranted search and seizure by the state as others are about the Second Amendment right to bear arms. It could be argued that if Fourth Amendment protections are honored, those who claim to fear the government will find it less important to arm themselves.

One of us has more than 50 years' experience in national security matters, including unheeded warnings of terrorist attacks on America. The other is currently the public prosecutor for Manhattan, one of the world's premier terror targets. Yet we yield to no one, including Apple executives, in our commitment to the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment.

Gary Hart, United States Senator (Ret.)

Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney

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Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

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  • The media prostitutes were naturally happy to report with no commentary on the ridiculously extravagant funeral accorded Antonin Scalia, one of the most notoriously corrupt reactionaries in the history of the US Supreme Court, a man who facilitated, among other things, the coming to power of George W Bush and the global corruption and appalling destruction that followed.
  • Abominations--The Passing of a Very Corrupt Man

TGP Staff,  the Greanville Post

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February 22, 2016 | A nation that honors political criminals and grafters says a great deal about itself, and by that standard America belongs in a select group of  morally broken civilizations. But we know that already—don’t we?. In any case, here it is for the record. Watch—as much as your stomach will tolerate— and make a note of it. Some day true justice may come. 

Oh by the way, notice also that while the commercial networks provided abundant coverage of this non-event, PBS, in a show of its cowardice and shift to the right regaled the public with the most execrable amount of coverage, over 3 hours long. A powerful soporific in a age of treason. Well done PBS!

TGP Staff: The Greanville Post seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century.

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