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Incarceration in Public

Julia Foulkes ’97PhD, UMass History

Why does the U.S. incarcerate more of its people than any other nation? Historians are just beginning to tackle this complex issue that has led to an explosion of prisons and people in them since the 1960s. 432 more words

Crippling court costs force poverty-stricken people to 'plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit'

The same thing is happening in Canada and the USA. It is worse in the US but we are following their medieval practices. This is a return to debtor’s prisons.

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sonniq reblogged this on My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison and commented:

Adult court does not want to take time and money to cases that are being heard by public defenders, who actually work for the DA. They get paid on average, $75 an hour for maybe three hours work to convince you take a plea. They try to stack as many offenses on top whether they are true or not and scare you with unusually long sentences. If you don't have a paid attorney to defend you don't know what to do. Out of fear you take the plea. In Jamie's case he wasn't innocent. It was his choice to go with his cousin that night. But having no attorney to help him made it worse. He had no priors. But a public defender isn't interested in doing a good job for you. He's only interested in being done with you so he can go on to his next "client". At first Jamie was first told he would get 99 years if he insisted on going to court. The second offer was 45 years. When he continued to refuse they offered him 17 years and told him if he went to court he wouldn't get that. It would surely be much higher. He was scared. He took the 17 years. He has now almost done 10 of that. They don't like to parole blacks so he is afraid to get his hopes up. He does have an uncle that works in the parole system in his area so there is hope he can somehow intervene. But since they keep him in ad seg, and can't show he has improved himself there is still only slim hope. The prison system sets them up to fail. http://facebook.com/jamielifeinprison . . .Blog posts and news about injustice in the world Sonni Quick piano music complete list

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