Nov-L: Kevin Booth on America’s Drug War

Nora Callahan wrote:



Slavery (n)

� bondage (the state of being under the control of another person)
� work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
� the institution of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers

In its narrowest sense, the word slave refers to people who are treated as the property of another person, household, company, corporation or government; we abolished that…….. .right?

Well, I thought so too. In fact, I was fairly certain of it. Then I saw this documentary I had never heard of on Showtime. I didn’t even know what it was called but it was about drugs, so I watched it. It spoke about America’s burgeoning private prison industry in relation to our war on drugs and the mandatory sentences handed down for drug offenses. All I could say was “WOW!”

So, the story, as I see it, goes like this……..mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenses and a crackdown on illegal immigration mean that our state and federal prisons cannot handle the intake. Corporations like GEO Corp. and CCA, being the opportunists they are, come in and build massive, privately-owned and run prison facilities, usually in down-trodden, rural areas with no industry and they get paid to house our prison overflow; the fuller their cages are, the more money they make. Then, in addition to being paid per prisoner, these publicly traded ‘corporations’ also make money off of private industry contracts; meaning, outside companies pay them for the labor of their prison population. The best part is, they are not regulated in the same way that state and federal prisons are so they are not subject to the same inspections for inmate conditions or treatment. The Freedom of Information Act doesn’t apply to them as private
companies; that would be invasive.


So, the drug and immigration laws keep the prison population growing, the local economy benefits from the presence of a major employer, the state and federal prisons are not as crowded, the corporations that own and run the prisons are double-dipping and making money hand-over-fist, the investors are happy, the stocks are trading like crazy……it’ s a win / win for everyone…. …right?

Well, for the first time in history, 1 in every 100 Americans is in prison (WHAT?). It breaks down like this; 1 in every 36 Latino adults, 1 in 15 Black adults and 1 in 9 of Black men between the ages of 20 and 34 is currently in prison. The financial breakdown is that state governments spent $49 billion on corrections last year, up from $11 billion 20 years ago.

Does any of this have a familiar ring to it? Who is definitely NOT winning in this scenario?

I am not a conspiracy theorist, I’m not a kook and I don’t do drugs – unless you count Patron and cigarettes. I am also working this project for next to nothing. I simply feel that if you are Black, or Brown, and living in America, you should see this movie, or, at the very least, Google any of the information I have written about and see for yourself.

American Drug War

Here are a couple of links that I Googled for the writing of this email –

Check it OUT

Prisons Drugs

For further information, review copies (press only) or for media opportunities, kindly contact Nancy Byron, OGPR (832) 220.6071 or nancyb@ogpr. net

DirectorKevin Booth is also available for speaking engagements and screenings/Q& A’s.


Nora Callahan
Executive Director

November Coalition Foundation
282 West Astor
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-1550

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