Russell Simmons

 

The Despicable Act of Paying for Prisoners!

 

The greedy, corrupt prison lobbyists and their bosses are back at it again using false and misleading statements and statistics to scare the public into pushing even more nonviolent, diseased drug addicts into long term sentences. It has been evident over the years that these lobbyists and their cronies will fill their expensive prison "hotels" at any cost. These institutions have become some of the best schools in America, teaching nonviolent drug offenders how to become hardened-criminals, ultimately becoming life-long card members of their finest "hotels." That is exactly why we worked for years on reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws, so we would no longer treat our most vulnerable the same way we treat those who are real threats to our public safety. Through drug courts, rehabilitation and the end of mandatory minimum sentences we have made much progress since 2009, however, the full implementation of the reforms is still a ways away.

 

The statistics stated in today's New York Post op-ed "Why Crime's Rising: Drug Law 'Reform' Plaguing NY" by former Rockland County District Attorney Michael E. Bongiorno are grossly misrepresented. Mr. Bongiorno's position that crime is rising in certain parts of our state because of drug law reform is unfounded and based on assumptions, rather than facts. His entire argument is based on the increase of violent crimes, however, the vast majority (close to 75 percent) of those incarcerated for drug offenses have never been convicted of a violent felony.

 

Fewer than 600 people have been released under the Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms, and those re-sentenced under the reforms have remarkably low rates of return to prison -- less than 9 percent, compared to an overall recidivism rate of nearly 40 percent -- and generally for parole violations, not the commission of new crimes. These ugly stereotypes about drug offenders, that most are violent criminals, is one for the Reagan/Bush years... we no longer believe the hype.

 

The "War on Drugs" and the "Rockefeller Drug Laws" were major failures of our society. In New York, both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have recognized these failures and have been strong supporters of the present reformation of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. We waged WAR against our own people and that war has destroyed our communities. 94 percent of those statewide and 97 percent of those in New York City convicted of drug offenses are black and Latino, even though blacks and whites sell and use drugs at the same rate. We now understand how the war was fought, with phase one being the misleading and manipulating of the public. Phase two is to legally bribe, through lobbying and "fundraising," for our elected officials who ultimately put terrible, destructive, racist laws on the books so they can continue to fill their "hotels."

 

This is a new America. An America that believes that drug addiction is a disease and not a crime. We will no longer subject ourselves to the old ways of destruction. We will fight for a fair justice system that uplifts our people from the drug war devastation of the past 39 years.

 
 
 

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Your are correct.  

 

I have had several arguments with certain Black people that have the belief that they don't need to know anything about Black history, and especially anything about African history or Africa at all.

 

It's not JUST a Black phenomenon, that holds true to EVERYONE.  Look how soon Americans "forget" the job-killing, economy crippling policies of the prior administration or the one before that, etc.  

 

But, it IS or SHOULD BE more of an interest or concern for African Americans and ALL Black people throughout the Diaspora because of the constant and continual damage that it does to the Black race, not only economically, but also psychologically; and why?  Because, if you don't know your history, how will you know whether or not it is repeating itself?  So, damn near each and every blow the Black race takes economically or psychologically, it appears to each generation as if it is some new phenomenon. If the majority of us actually knew our history, or took any of it seriously, or even knew enough of our history, this phenomenon would not continue to occur.

 

How long have we had Trayvon Martins/Lynchings?

 

How long have African Americans been brutalized by the police?

 

How long have African Americans been America's scapegoats?

 

How long have African Americans been the pawns in American politics?

 

How many times has America/American politicians and America's racist blamed America's drug problem on Black people?

 

(In fact, they used lies about Black men being high on opium/cocaine and raping White women to ever get Washington/politicians/law makers to take serious the need to outlaw such drugs in the first place)

 

And, as you said, this BUSINESS of using Black people, especially Black males to fill up prisons across this country for private profit is nothing new either.

 

And, I'll add that creating laws specifically to snare Black people into prison sentences is nothing new either, and their is ONLY having Black people under constant surveillance to fill prisons with Black people is also not anything new.

I wish he had been a little more specific in how he planned - or how we as a community - could successfully accomplish this!!

 

I mean .... is he talking about forming our own (opposition) "lobby" ... or "fundraising" for our own candidates to get these laws changed???    Should we be protesting/marching/demanding in the streets to shut down these private "hotel" prisons??  Or should be be aiming our arrows directly at the (in)justice system of courts, judges, DAs and PDs????

 

It's great that NYC is seeing progress .... every little bit helps!!  But the fact is ... it's just ONE city in ONE state and these are nationwide problems occurring in every state in the country!!    Some more than others. 

 

There are hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders (unjustly) sitting in prisons for drug crimes that could use the type of programs he's talking about!!  Because not only do we need to shut down the "pipeline" of our young Black males going into the system in the first place .... but, we also need to find some sort of solution/help for those that are already wrongly caught up in the failed policy of these unfairly harsh "war on drugs" laws.

 

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