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Quickies: Carrie Fisher, Martians, and Prisoners’ Rights


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  1. Really interesting article on prisoners. Thanks for that. Prison is a challenge for social justice centric people. Rape and domestic violence laws have been greatly strengthened over the last two decades. Of course, strengthening criminal laws usually has the effect of imprisoning more people (this is just an example, I don’t know the exact statistics but I believe rape and domestic violence incarcerations are a drop in the bucket compared to other crimes).

    Still, the issue is a difficult one – how do you strengthen laws without the unintended consequences, which are brutalizing poor people and racial minorities? Not a question we are close to answering, unfortunately.

    • Actually, the answer is quite simple (eliminate prejudice in the system) however the solution is not although ending the racist war in drugs would be a big step in the right direction.

      Our justice system is currently very biased toward those with privilege (rich, powerful, white, cis, straight, etc.) with the possible exception of males, much of which can be attributed to societal preconceptions (including that males are more violent by nature).

      That, compounded by the fact that more and more prisons are being run for profit (meaning the system does not even want to be fixed) and you see the challenge that is set up.

      I hate to be that guy, but it seems that every time we believe the answer is more capitalism it turns out that capitalism is actually a big part of the problem.

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