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This is a MUST see and share folks! From Beyond Bars, they have just won the “Media for a Just Society” award which exposes how misleading TV shows are about the justice system.
Originally posted on Prisonmovement's Weblog:
Bunks were added to Mule Creek State Prison to help with overcrowding. A panel of federal judges has ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to begin freeing inmates from crowded state prisons. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / June 3, 2010)
A panel of federal judges on Thursday ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately begin releasing inmates from the state’s crowded prisons.
In a 52-page order signed by U.S. District Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Lawrence Karlton and Thelton Henderson, the court ordered Brown to expand good-time credits that allow inmates to finish their prison terms early.
The judges demanded that the state take such steps “commencing forthwith” and regardless of any laws that might prevent those releases.
“All such state and local laws and regulations are hereby waived, effective immediately,” the judges order.
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In a KULR8 Exclusive: Interview with Barry Beach at the Montana State Prison
400 2nd Avenue South
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Barry Beach Speaks in Helena, MT 4/2/2013 Pt.1
Barry Beach Speaks in Helena, MT 4/2/2013 Pt.2
Thank you very much to all that are speaking up for justice in Barry Beach’s case – it’s important for Montana officials to see and hear that you care. Even though Barry is back in prison, his story is far from over and we will not rest until this upstanding individual is released from prison.
You aren’t alone in supporting this important effort. The Montana District judge who had ordered a new trial for Barry, spoke up to say “he still believes that a new trial should be held to air evidence of Barry’s innocence.”
With over 4,000 signatures so far, we’re making progress but we still need more support and your help. Can you please share this petition with your friends and family right now?
According to an article, released today, “My Dad Is In Jail” by Mike Riggs, the following was stated:
Nearly seven million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.; more than two million of them are in a jail or prison. If you want to know what those numbers mean for the American family, consider this: The makers of Sesame Street decided to design and release an educational kit titled “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.”
Actually, I believe the number is at 7.5 million under correctional supervision and 2.3 million within jail or prison. Large Corporations have made this a profit industry as you can read here, Private Prisons Skyrocket, As Executives Assure Investors Of ‘Growing Offender Population’ with Steve Bullock, Montana Governor’s Ball Receives Thousands From Largest Prison Corporation In America. They are even partially funding public school teachers pensions, as seen here. Public Schoolteachers Pensions Are Partially Funded By Private Prisons.
You can view the entire “Sesame Street Educational Kit” here. I would have to fully agree with Mike Riggs following comment.
“Congratulations, America, on making it almost normal to have a parent in prison or jail.” — Mike Riggs
Excerpt from the above link:
A major U.S. private prison operator known for inmate abuse, violations, and disregard for the truth reported a 56-percent spike in profit in the first quarter of 2013, due in part to its new strategy for drastically reducing its taxes, the Associated Press reports. During a conference call touting its success, representatives at GEO Group boasted that the company continues to have “solid occupancy rates in mid to high 90s” and that they are optimistic “regarding the outlook for the industry,” in part due to a “growing offender population.” GEO Senior Vice President John Hurley assured investors during the call:
We have a longstanding partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshal Service and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. … We continue to see meaningful opportunities for us to partner with all three of these federal agencies, notwithstanding the various issues with the federal budget, which we believe will have no material negative impact on our business. The federal bureau of prisons continues to face capacity constraints coupled with a growing offender population.
The federal prison population has swelled 790 percent since 1980, in large part due to draconian drug and immigration laws. And the United States maintains the title of the world’s number one jailer. Private prison operators nonetheless remain enthusiastic about the prospects of high incarceration rates for business. Representatives on this call shied away from the strong language fellow prison firm Corrections Corporation of America used during its investor call in February, when CEO Damon Hininger assured a strong “continued demand for beds” even after immigration reform. GEO executives explained that they are now taking the position that “discussing our approach and strategies about any particular procurement is really not in the best interest of our company or our shareholders.”
Following a trend of corporations achieving dramatic tax reductions by becoming a real estate investment trust (REIT) – a mechanism historically reserved for firms holding real estate as an investment — both GEO and fellow prison operator Corrections Corporation of America successfully persuaded the Internal Revenue Service recently that they are essentially holding real estate, analogizing prisoners to renters paid for by the government. In reality, the job of running a prison is only nominally about the facility where it’s housed, and primarily about ensuring humane prisoner treatment, inmate rehabilitation, and public safety. But private prison corporations charging “rent” to house prisoners make no more or less money depending on whether they achieve these goals, particularly not when immense political spending to lobby for incarceration and privatization outweighs the public pressure from widely reported abuses at private facilities.
The largest prison corporation of America has become enmeshed with our society.
Originally posted on Prisonmovement's Weblog:
Photo via Flickr user Rennett Stowe
By Ray Downs
Public schools and prisons are becoming increasingly linked—police officers are now a constant presence in many schools, which has led to students getting hassled and arrested by cops for what could be described as normal kid stuff, including performing science experiments on school grounds. There’s even a name for this phenomenon: the school-to-prison pipeline, which takes kids, mostly minority students who live in poverty, out of the classroom and into the legal system, shuffling them into the prison-industrial complex before they’re old enough to vote.
But there’s another, less obvious way schools are tied to prisons. Retirement funds for public school teachers (as well as other government employees) in several states have a combined $90 million invested in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the largest private prison companies in the world. Though individual teachers didn’t decide to…
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According to the Independent Record:
Gov. Steve Bullock’s Inaugural Ball Committee raised about $315,000 in donations and ticket sales, spent $263,000 on two gala events in February and will donate the $52,000 left over to Montana charities, according to a report released this week.
Melanie Brock, executive director of the ball committee, prepared the report.
She said the committee began work in mid-November, shortly after Bullock was elected governor, to plan for two events. The Inaugural Ball was held Feb. 9 at the Exhibit Hall at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, preceded by a reception for sponsors. The next day, the Governor’s Children’s Inaugural Ball took place in the same room.
Nearly 3,000 people attended the Saturday night ball. Tickets were $25 apiece.
A total of $315,400 was raised to pay for the balls, with $275,275 coming from sponsors and $40,125 from ticket sales.
Expenses totaled $262,932, the report said.
It was the first Montana governor’s inaugural ball since the 2005 event honoring Gov. Brian Schweitzer. No ball was held in 2009, after Schweitzer’s re-election, because of the national recession.
Major sponsors included corporations, including a number of energy-related and utility businesses, and individuals.
The largest contribution of $25,000 came from Phillips 66, Bartlesville, Okla., which has an oil refinery in Billings,
Donating $10,000 each were: Plum Creek Administrative Corp. Inc., Columbia Falls; NorthWestern Energy, Butte; CCA of Tennessee LLC, the Nashville company that owns a private prison in Shelby; PPL Montana LLC, Allentown, Pa.; Washington Corps., Missoula; MHA , formerly the Montana Hospital Association, Helena;
TransCanada, Calgary, Alberta, which is seeking to build the Keystone XL Pipeline; Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC., Gillette, Wyo., which owns the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker; Deloitte Consulting, Camp Hill, Pa.; Nix, Patterson & Roach LLC, a law firm from Daingerfield, Texas; and MDU Resources, Bismarck, N.D.
Making the largest individual donations were: Fred Kellogg and Amy Smith, Kalispell, $5,000; Thomas Boland, Florence, $2,500; Paul Gatzemeier and Barbara Skelton, Billings, $2,500; Shane and Gina Colton, Billings, $2,500; and Beth Alter Esq., New York, N.Y., $2,500.
At first I thought…”okay…kudos”… they are donating money that is leftover, until I realized that CCA donated $10,000 to Governor Bullock’s Inaugural Ball. Now, why would the largest prison corporation in American donate $10,000 to a ball? How much did they donate to his campaign, to a governor, former Attorney General that is pro-prison all the way? They always donated to Schweitzer also, and we saw the Montana incarceration rates skyrocket under that administration. Partying up on the suffering of Montanans. A corporation that demands 90+ occupancy and wants to buy out all the prisons in America with a 20 year contract based on that. Wonder why it’s becoming more of a police state? These corporations spend millions helping to write laws.
Montana, this should infuriate you! Oh wait, but the Executive Director of the Ball Committee, Melanie Brock had this to say. “The fundraising took place completely independent from the governor, the governor’s office and official staff,” Brock said. Yeah, right…we all know how lobbying works…it’s against CCA’s rules and Montana’s for that matter to donate over a certain amount of money towards campaigns. Yet if you notice in the article it states from the former days of former Governor Schweitzer: “Of the nearly $97,000 left over, Schweitzer donated $50,000 to the state for repairs and maintenance of the governor’s mansion and the governor’s office. The remainder $47,000 went into Schweitzer’s constituency services fund, which paid for his political-related travel and other costs.” Huh..everything that makes it nicer for the Governor and for his political career. There are plenty more articles on here that show the connection between CCA and politicians, showing the incentives and profits that they make.
An officer from Shelby, Crossroads Correctional Institute in Montana let it be known how CCA gives the Warden a budget to go by, but if the Warden comes in under the budget they give him an incentive, a kickback. Research, read through the articles, see what is happening in your state and the crimes being committed by our officials. Americans are demanding the truth, Montana you should demand the truth. These are your fellow Montanans that are suffering.
The definition of “Bribe”
Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.
In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for the higher cost of production of goods and services.
Many types of bribes exist: tip, gift, sop, perk, skim, favor, discount, waived fee/ticket, free food, free ad, free trip, free tickets, sweetheart deal, kickback/payback, funding, inflated sale of an object or property, lucrative contract, donation, campaign contribution, fundraiser, sponsorship/backing, higher paying job, stock options, secret commission, or promotion (rise of position/rank).
Politicians receive campaign contributions and other payoffs from powerful corporations, organizations or individuals in return for making choices in the interests of those parties, or in anticipation of favorable policy. This is not illegal in the United States and forms a major part of campaign finance, though it is sometimes referred to as the money loop. Convictions for this form of bribery are more easy to obtain with hard evidence, that is a specific amount of money linked to a specific action by the bribed. Such evidence is frequently obtained using undercover agents, since evidence of a quid pro quo relation difficult to prove. See also influence peddling and political corruption. Bribery often makes an unfair advantage towards people wants.
Taken From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery
We are not even talking about election laws and funding political campaigns. We are just talking about plain out, “you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.” Don’t even try to persuade me that CCA is not getting something out of this deal. Ten thousand dollars just for this event and that’s not talking about all the lobbying, gifts, incentives,etc. You wonder why Montana is such a police state and only has plans of increasing the incarceration rates according to Montana DOJ and DOC. Montana demand answers.
Montanans For Justice, in conjunction with The Montana Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, has posted a petition on www.change.org for the release of Barry Beach. This petition calls upon the State of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox to grant Barry freedom. Montanans For Justice will post a petition on their own website shortly, but please help support Barry by signing this petition.
According to Montana KXLH
Former Montana U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer believes there is one avenue remaining: Governor Steve Bullock.
Despite the fact that Bullock was Montana’s Attorney General at the time of Beach’s release on December 7th, 2011, and was fighting to uphold the state’s conviction, Mercer says the governor may consider granting Beach a pardon.
“I think that it’s at least arguable that…Bullock was simply defending what had happened below (in lower courts),” said Mercer. “Now he’s in a position where he would be exercising authority on pardon and clemency. That’s only vested in him. It’s a different role. He could take a fresh look. It’s more than simply defending a judgment.”
Mercer says even if Beach were to receive a re-consideration from a court and Tuesday’s decision was overturned, the length of process would likely mean Beach would still remain incarcerated for several more years.
A few reminders:
- We are still encouraged to write to the Governor’s office.
- Make sure to only sign petitions that originate from Montanans for Justice or Centurion Ministries.
- They also reminded us to make sure that we remain supportive and not aggressive in all we do.
*Let us be mindful to be professional and to set a good example in all that we do*