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20. Stealing from Public Education to Feed the Prison-Industrial Complex

A systemic recasting of education priorities gives official structure and permanence to a preexisting underclass comprised largely of criminalized, poor people of color. The rise of corporate-backed charter schools and privatized prisons cannot be understood apart from the record closures of public schools across the country.

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Adwoa Masozi, “Stealing From The Mouth of Public Education to Feed the Prison Industrial Complex,” Institute for Policy Studies, February 27, 2012, http://www.ips-dc.org/blog/stealing_from_the_mouth_of_public_education_to_feed_the_prison_industrial_complex.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/03/13/stealing-from-the-mouth-of-public-education-to-feed-the-prison-industrial-complex/

Student Researcher: Annika Jaeger (Santa Rosa Junior College)

Faculty Evaluator: Susan Rahman (Santa Rosa Junior College)

  • Shannon Slayter January 9, 2013

    I live in Oklahoma, that has given the death penalty to some convicted for a crime committed before the age of 17. I have the misfortune of a dysfunctional addiction iddle family. Three of my mother’s brothers were property of DOC. In 1998 I chose the topic of the enterprises of the Department of Corrections. When my Uncle Rick was doing state time for drug charges he spent most days providing free electrical work for Wardens, guards since he had listed that he was a journeyman electricrion in his intake paperwork. One of the safest days of my life was when my.family took my grandmother to see her son for the first time in 3 years. After a three hour drive we were turned away because my uncle had been taken to repair damage to.te wardens lakehome. I know of several other skilled tradesmen used in this fashion. However they were paid prison wages ( less than 1 dollar per day) yet the prison submitted work orders with fasle charges. If u do not have people on the outside to send you money a prisoner could starve. Underlock down for 7 months medium sercurity feed them 2 balloney sandwiches a day.

    • no December 26, 2013

      Slavery & Torture. Completely legal.

  • Shannon Slayter January 9, 2013

    I live in Oklahoma, that has given the death penalty to some convicted for a crime committed before the age of 17. I have the misfortune of a dysfunctional addiction iddle family. Three of my mother’s brothers were property of DOC. In 1998 I chose the topic of the enterprises of the Department of Corrections. When my Uncle Rick was doing state time for drug charges he spent most days providing free electrical work for Wardens, guards since he had listed that he was a journeyman electricrion in his intake paperwork. One of the safest days of my life was when my.family took my grandmother to see her son for the first time in 3 years. After a three hour drive we were turned away because my uncle had been taken to repair damage to.te wardens lakehome. I know of several other skilled tradesmen used in this fashion. However they were paid prison wages ( less than 1 dollar per day) yet the prison submitted work orders with fasle charges. If u do not have people on the outside to send you money a prisoner could starve. Underlock down for 7 months medium sercurity feed them 2 balloney sandwiches a day.

  • Shannon Slayter January 9, 2013

    The state is given federal dollars for care of the inmates. The state spends less than a quarter on them.

    • Defiant August 16, 2013

      They could decide not to commit crimes and just stay out of prison, Shannon. Sounds like your family business is crime. Prison isn’t supposed to be a vacation.

  • Shannon Slayter January 9, 2013

    The state is given federal dollars for care of the inmates. The state spends less than a quarter on them.

  • Sabido Robles August 15, 2013

    I have no problem with building thousands of private prisons to hold blacks. They commit so much crime out of proportion to their population numbers and cause so many problems it’s probably better to lock them up forever…………..or kill them!

  • Darrell Davis August 26, 2013

    Despite the staged “50 Year” King celebration, things are worse today. Attacks on people of color go unreported, are systematic and are totally void of constitutional laws.

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