As I have said before the people who are supporting the Scott sisters and fighting the government for their release are an example for the rest of us. They are fighting to get the Scott sisters released from an insane sentence of double life for stealing $11. They have been incarcerated for sixteen years already. I believe they are innocent of the charge completely. One of them is in renal failure. From the incidents that they have described about what has gone on with the private company hired to provide health care her care has been botched. It appears she has had more than one incident of sepsis. The conditions in the prisons, poor health care, unhealthy food, abuse from prison guards, isolation, rape and stress thousands of inmates in the prisons in this country are subjected to are a violation of the eighth amendment and much more. This needs to stop now everywhere in this country. These women are the lucky ones, their mother and others have kept a constant fight going for them, most inmates loose contact with everyone on the outside. The innocent or those who may have committed a nonviolent offense with some crazy harsh sentence are suffering everyday.
THIS HAS GOT TO END! Greedy corporations, crooked politicians, malfeasant prosecutors,
incompetent/crooked judges and a population that finds it hard to believe the prison and judicial systems are as bad as they are caused this American shame. In this case a crooked judge was part of the story. The legislators poorly fund the public defenders so they have a huge case load and little money to work with. This results in public defenders being essentially a branch of the attorney general's office(department of law in AK).
“We have 5% of the world’s population; yet we have 25% of the world’s known prison population. We have an incarceration rate in the United States, the world’s greatest democracy, that is five times as high as the average incarceration rate of the rest of the world. There are only two possibilities here: either we have the most evil people on earth living in the United States; or we are doing something dramatically wrong in terms of how we approach the issue of criminal justice. “ Senator Webb.
We should be marching for inmates all over the country.
People have been sacrificed so others can profit, it's just that simple. This is partly about racism, but it is also about class. Those who do not have the money for a good lawyer get threatend into taking a plea or without a defense are convicted. Remember Sarah Palin's sister-in-law got a light sentence for some very serious crimes while Sherry Johnston got a harsh sentence for a crime law enforcement spent months having someone talk her into knowing that she was in a desperate situation and would be easy to manipulate. This is all about money for private prisons, donations and jobs for politicians(or worse), corrections officers who wanted job security, and others who make a living off of locked up souls. It was also about what we have seen is a tactic the right uses constantly, false fear. They trumped up the so called "war on crime". Television shows and news media provided constant shows about prisons, police reality shows, detective shows, and the news shows hyped crime even while it was declining. The prisons have a huge number of people who are victims of the "war on drugs", more money for lots of people. Drug use was up nine percent last year, they are not winning their false war. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.