America’s Plantation Prisons

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    On an expanse of 18,000 acres of farmland, 59 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, long rows of men, mostly African-American, till the fields under the hot Louisiana sun. The men pick cotton, wheat, soybeans and corn. They work for pennies, literally. Armed guards, mostly white, ride up and down the rows on horseback, keeping watch. At the end of a long workweek, a bad disciplinary report from a guard - whether true or false - could mean a weekend toiling in the fields. The farm is called Angola, after the homeland of the slaves who first worked its soil.

    This scene is not a glimpse of plantation days long gone by. It’s the present-day reality of thousands of prisoners at the maximum security Louisiana State Penitentiary, otherwise known as Angola. The block of land on which the prison sits is a composite of several slave plantations, bought up in the decades following the Civil War. Acre-wise, it is the largest prison in the United States. Eighty percent of its prisoners are African-American.

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    Good, at least cut down on the expense of prisons by making the convicts work for their food.
     
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    I am completely opposed to forcing prisoners to work on any for-profit system.

    Now if we gave them work that supported the prison itself, farming and so forth, that's another matter.

    But the moment we allow prisoners output to become part of the economy outside of that prison, we motivate our government to have more prisons, more prisoners, and more oppressive laws designed to make slaves out of otherwise law abiding citizens.

    If you truly love you own freedom, and I think most of us do here, then advocating that prisoners work for outside contractors (as we see happening now all the time) is a misguided notion.
     
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    The difference between slavery and prison is that the latter is the result of conscious choices by blacks. But if it's really going to remain an issue for anyone, how about we separate the races? No more whitey to blame then.
     
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    Yeah, and we put 'em to work cleaning our highways. Tough shit.
     
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    So I guess the point you're trying to make is that a person shouldn't break the law.

    What this has to do with slavery is beyond me..............last I checked the practice of slavery ended in 1866 in the United States.
     
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    I think the theory here is that blacks are poor and can't help it. Don't blame me--ain't my theory ! :eusa_hand:
     
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    I am ALL FOR prison plantations. Hell, maybe that work can facilitate the cost of prisons instead of criminal behavior costing the taxpayer MORE prison space. The racial element is NOT why these people are in prison. Stop robbing a fucking liquor store.
     
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    Yeah, no shit! That's a high risk, low reward endeavor. Rob pension plans and shareholders instead, that shit mother fucking pays!!
     
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    Instead of illegal immigrants, we should build our prisons around farms so they can pick the fruit each year instead of illegals coming in to do it. This is brilliant!! Does anyone have a problem with this? I think it's more inhumane to keep them locked up. Don't work them too hard either.

    This is a win win!!!!:clap2:
     

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