Saturday, September 8, 2012

Melissa Harris-Perry on America's high incarceration rates

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I watched with concern today Melissa Harris-Perry's segment about America's high incarceration rate on MSNBC. Our rate is the highest in the world.

She spoke to Norris Henderson, a New Orleans activist who was "wrongfully incarcerated for more than 27 years," according to multiple sources, and she also questioned Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman about why Louisiana invests more money to imprison people rather than educate them or to fund prevention programs.

Following that segment, she continued to discuss the skyrocketing rate of incarceration in the nation with other experts and how the prison complex has become a profit-making center and an "economic engine." Furthermore, the guests on the show said that being "tough on crime" doesn't work to reduce crime.

I was aware of a lot of these statistics and issues already, such as being convicted of a felony may disenfranchise citizens with a criminal past long after they've served time. As I watched, I thought of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish..

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