Thursday, 10 October 2013
PAWNS IN THE DRUG WAR
I am providing this information so society can assess how the federal government utilizes vast resources, in light of the current governmental “shutdown”, in order to create an allusion for a necessity to fund what is known as the “War on Drugs” and mass incarceration.
As a non-violent street-level drug offender, the United States government confined me in some of its most secure High Security Level penitentiaries for more than 10 years of the 20 years that I was in custody. In that environment, I was confined behind prison walls that were 40 feet high and 40 feet below the ground. These prison walls were encased with double barbwire fences that were patrolled by perimeter guards that were equipped with machine guns. Until I was transferred from the high security prisons, the only wildlife that I was capable of seeing was an occasional bird that had flown by. I can remember my first experience in being able to look beyond those huge prison walls. I stayed up most of the night looking for wildlife outside of the perimeter of a medium security prison. When I saw a deer, it was the most beautiful creature that I had seen in a decade.
In reality, there is very little chance that any prisoner could escape from those high security federal penitentiaries. While in that environment, I often wondered what the government’s rationale was for placement of non-violent drug offenders in expensive, militarized-styled, federal penitentiaries. Then I realized the government was just playing the part in the scheme. It created an illusion that non-violent drug offenders posed a substantial threat to society that warranted their placement in very secure and expensive prisons. And the U.S. Congress funded such an absurd idea.
Even though, in a recent speech, the United States Attorney General condemned the government’s practice for the way that it incarcerates non-violent drug offenders, the federal Bureau of Prisons’ practice of designating non-violent prisoners to these costly, militarized-styled, secure federal penitentiaries has not abated!
Importantly, the United States government has the most secure prisons in the United States. But more than 50 percent of the people that it confines in these prisons are non-violent drug offenders, whom are mostly African Americans.
So why would the United States spend billions of dollars to construct these prisons in economically depressed rural communities; provide assurances that the majority of the prisons’ guards will be hired from the communities where the prisons are built; and import the drug offenders mostly from the inner cities? The answer lies in economics! Congress has identified a certain segment of society as being expendable as commodities!
Posted by Irishgreeneyes at 10:08