Gerry Canavan

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Prison Nation

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Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International did a study into people sentenced to life in prison without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. These are early teenagers that end up living their life, from age 13-17 to death, in prison, for something stupid that they did. They surveyed every country to see how many people were in each country that fit this criteria, and found interesting results. Tanzania has one such case, South Africa has four, and Israel has between four and seven. The US has two thousand, two hundred and twenty five such cases. Every other country in the world has zero.

On the heels of the Pulp Fiction‘s screenwriter’s tweets landing him back in jail and the Mike Huckabee clemency case threatening to inaugurate a whole new round of Willie-Horton-style fingerpointing despite the apparent merits of clemency in this case, these two links from MetaFilter seem very timely: Everything you never wanted to know about the American prison-industrial complex and Prison Nation.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

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