Prison Inc: An Interview With The Maker of Injustice – A Film About Prisons and Crime In 21st Century Neoliberal UK

As plans are unveiled for four more prisons in the UK – creating “up to 10,000 modern prison places by 2020” – and as the prison population, suicide in inmates, abuse, mental health problems, and rioting are all reaching record levels, surely it is time to reevaluate our methods of “serving justice”.

Appalled both by the way that our society is treating its convicted criminals, and by the silence and lack of solidarity on all sides of the political spectrum, one radical film-maker is seeking to spark debate and shed some much needed light on an issue we have all too happily turned our backs on.

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The Blind Eye of The Law

Though it is responsible for lies, for deceit, for the distribution of misinformation, for inequality, for discrimination and many other things, the one area that I believe is most unethical about the state, is it’s hypocrisy. Though they repeatedly claim that it is not so, there is quite obviously one rule for the state, and those working for it, and another for everyone else.

A common response to anyone advocating a form of direct democracy, participatory democracy, or anarchy, is that the rule of law will not be upheld, there will be chaos and injustice. Whereas in actual fact a move away from the democracy we have now would actually yield a more just and more equal society. The laws would still be in place, but this time, they would apply to everyone. It is in fact the current system we live under that is proving itself to be full of injustice.

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A Letter From Ray Jasper. Death Row. Texas.

I am not ashamed to admit that I have simply copied and pasted everything in the letter from another site and posted it here. I am not ashamed to say it because I think it is an incredible letter, thought provoking and heartfelt, and I believe as many people as possible should read it. I am immensely opposed to the death penalty, for any crime, it is neither humane nor fulfils any of the criteria needed for justice. I truly hope that in my life time I will see the eradication of capital punishment worldwide.

I originally read this on gawker.com.
What follows are the words of Ray Jasper.

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