The Canadian Prison Industrial Complex

Posted: March 20, 2012 by Ed Griffin in Prison, Reform
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Prison Industrial ComplexEvery politician serves those who elect him or her. Do you wonder why the Harper government has such strange things in its omnibus crime bill? Just stand outside a prison and watch all the supply trucks lumber through the security gates. Note the names on the sides of the trucks. Big companies. Then take a look in the parking lot and see little groups of guards talking together. You know they all want work next year. If there are no inmates, there’s no work. The guards’ union wants more prisons. Same with the big companies. No prisoners, no hot dogs to sell. Instead of Creating chainsbasing his crime bill on protecting the public and decreasing crime, Harper has opted to just give the prison industrial complex what it wants – more prisons and more inmates. How embarrassing that this is our government.

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  1. Heather says:

    Hi, Ed 🙂 I’m thoroughly enjoying your blogs! Finally had to comment on this one. Your opening sentence. I’ve yet to meet a politician who served me. In my experience, they only serve their party. Needless to say, I’ve never been in a riding who elected an “independent.”

    • Ed Griffin says:

      Thanks, Heather. Sadly, you’re right — they don’t serve the public, well a few really do try to do that. My experience is with the American system and again you are right. I suppose I was talking of an ideal system or politics on a planet near the star Vega. Smile. Thanks for your comment

  2. And how very sad, Ed, that it’s the same the whole world over.

  3. Joanne says:

    All I can say to this is I’m sure glad I didn’t help elect him! Thanks for the perspective.

  4. Joanne says:

    Speaking of politicians, I just had to post this bit that came to me in a letter recently. I found it hilarious and wanted to share it with others:

    Yes, it speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

  5. Joanne says:

    Yikes! The quote part disappeared! Here it is again:

    Here’s a quote in support of the death penalty from Calgary MP Rob Anders. He is referring to serial murderers. “These people can’t be rehabilitated. I also have no doubt that capital punishment serves as a severe deterrent”.

    The dialogue in the head of a potential serial killer: “I want to kill people….No you don’t….Yes I do….No you don’t!…But I really, really do!…Look, I think you are overlooking something important. … What’s that?…How about the death penalty if you get caught?…Damn! Your’re right! I hadn’t considered that. Thank-you! I’ll be a lawyer instead.”

    • Ed Griffin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. As always your comments are of value. I had to laugh at the imaginary commentary going on in someone’s head. You are right — no one thinks like that. Maybe it’s my religious background talking, but I can’t stand the statement that people can’t be rehabilitated. Anyone can change. Yes, there are a small percentage of those in prison who cannot be allowed back into society. But for most — there is hope.

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