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Eli Levine's insight:
This could be one of the most significant tools for organizational and social management. Imagine a direct feedback loop between administrators and managers an the general public of their organization. Imagine people being designated to speak and choose on behalf of everyone rather than on the few who are able and willing to turn out to vote. Imagine a responsive, evidence driven government aligned with the general needs and desires of the public. Imagine what we, as a society, could do with this technology, insight, and incentive structure.
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PBS Newshour, December 27, 2014
RETURN OF THE DEBTORS' PRISON? MANY STILL JAILED FOR INABILITY TO PAY FINES
Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Since NewsHour Weekend's first story on this issue aired last spring, the Childersburg Municipal Court issued a “standing order” stating that “In no case shall an indigent defendant be incarcerated … based solely on his or her inability to pay fines.” But the practice continues elsewhere in the country. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey takes an in-depth look at what some are calling the return of the debtors' prison. Continue reading → http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/return-debtors-prison/
Alternet, June 13, 2014
-▶ DEADLY NEW DEBTOR'S PRISONS: PENNSYLVANIA MOTHER DIES IN JAIL FOR TRUANCY FINES. CRIMINALIZING POVERTY. If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/deadly-new-debtors-prisons-pennsylvania-mother-dies-jail-truancy-fines
August 8, 2013 Daily Kos:
-▶ DEBTORS PRISON: PRIVATE PRISONS ENSURE ONGOING PROFITS FOR INCARCERATING PEOPLE WHO OWE BUT CAN'T PAY http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/11/1230307/-Charging-prisoners-fees-even-for-public-defender-creates-debtors-prison#
UNFORGIVEN : THE LONG LIFE OF DEBT
Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.
ProPublica, September 15, 2014
-▶ UNSEEN TOLL: WAGES OF MILLIONS SEIZED TO PAY PAST DEBTS. A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans. http://www.propublica.org/article/unseen-toll-wages-of-millions-seized-to-pay-past-debts
Truthdig, December 22, 2013
-▶ LOCKING UP POOR PEOPLE IN CORPORATE AMERICA IS BOOMING "Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable." http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/food_behind_bars_isnt_fit_for_your_dog_20131222
YES Magazine, June 04 2014
-▶ A MODERN-DAY DEBTORS PRISON? JUDGES PUSH BACK AGAINST THE SOUTH' PRIVATIZATION WAVE: In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country's poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts. PRIVATIZING PROBATION AND PROFITING FROM POVERTY http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/a-modern-day-debtors-prison
Brave New Films
-▶ HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
American Civil Liberties Union, February 06, 2014
-▶ COURT-SANCTIONED EXTORTION BY PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES: MODERN DEBTORS PRISON https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform-racial-justice/court-sanctioned-extortion-private-probation-companies
TO PRISON FOR POVERTY
Brave New Films
HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty
Huffington Post UK, July 03, 2014
-▶ UK IS PRIVATIZING IT'S PROBATION SERVICE http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/03/chris-grayling-probation-drawn-from-a-hat_n_5554340.html?utm_hp_ref=uk
"WHO PROFITS FROM POVERTY?"
Truthout, December 27, 2013
-▶ THE GRAYING OF OUR INCARCERATION NATION - Our prisons have increasingly become homes for the aging, as there are now some 125,000 prisoners age 55 or older, nearly quadruple the number there were in 1995. .. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20743-the-graying-of-our-incarceration-nation
VIDEO REPORT (Full Episode)
Al Jazeera America, November 01, 2014
"DYING INSIDE: ELDERLY IN PRISON"
The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
-▶ INNER-CITY VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION. Harsh criminal-justice policies have thrown America's poorest urban communities into chaos http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/10/inner-city-violence-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/382154/
Alertnet, November 25, 2013
-▶ HOW WALL STREET TURNED AMERICA INTO INCARCERATION NATION http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/how-wall-st-turned-america-incarceration-nation?akid=11186.237541.CCl2M1&rd=1&src=newsletter929145&t=3
A PLAGUE OF PRISONS
The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America
Alternet, April 13, 2013
HOW MASS INCARCERATION IS A PLAGUE INFECTING OUR NATION -- LITERALLY http://www.alternet.org/books/how-mass-incarceration-plague-infecting-our-nation-literally
CRUSHING COLLEGE DEBT
A TRILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS
PREDATORY LOANS AND AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
CORPORATE PROFITS TRUMPS FAIR WAGES
More than half of U.S. fast food workers on public aid, report says http://sco.lt/5zp197
HOW DEREGULATION/TAX LOOPHOLES ARE DESTROYING SOCIETY, AS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER http://sco.lt/56KBZB
JAILING AMERICANS FOR PROFIT
THE RISE OF THE BILLION DOLLAR
PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
PolicyMic, December 2, 2014
WATCH AMERICA'S PRISON SYSTEM EXPLODE IN ONE ALARMING GIF
KIDS FOR CASH
INSIDE ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST SHOCKING
JUVENILE JUSTICE SCANDALS
THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Welcome to America. We chose this path. Now, we're going to have to walk it until enough people are angry enough and organized enough to effectively change the course of our society and our nation.
Absolutely disgusting, in my honest opinion. Absolutely disgusting.