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What does the prison system of America say about Americans?
I'm not exactly sure what I can say about the topic that this video doesn't. But I'll try to summarize below for people who are unable to see the video (if you're unwilling, you're a putz).
In a nutshell, the Los Angeles jail system is a pretty corrupt piece of shit where prisoners are beaten without provocation. There's been various stories over the past couple decades of how inmates in prisons are mistreated by the guards / wardens. I even remember a story in the 90's where one prison was discovered to have a fighting ring established where inmates would fight to the death. One of the more recent retellings of prison conditions comes from the producer of The Hangover 2, who volunteers to teach reading (and writing?) classes in prisons.
THE PRODUCER OF HANGOVER 2. (edit - whoops, not the director)
This past week things have finally come to a head when a man, visiting his brother, was beaten by the guards within. The fucked up thing is I'm having trouble Googling this up which tells me there isn't a lot of awareness on the issue. You can see the story, via Rachel Maddow, in the video above.
I've started this thread for a few reasons. First, to discuss the specific events the video talks about. Second, to generally discuss the prison system and how screwed up it is (beyond prisoners being beaten). More importantly though, I want to get some awareness of this situation spread around. It's a pretty disgusting thing to have happen, and this is a good, strong chance to take steps in overhauling the incarceration system in the country. But at the very least, prisoners should not be beaten.
If you post in this thread and suggest, or flatly state, that the prisoners deserve to be beaten or generally shouldn't have any remorse in all this, feel free to NOT post in this thread. Even if you're trying to build an argument using that sentiment. I don't want you posting in here. I'm considering it off topic. I am outlawing a shitty opinion, I'll report you to the mods. Because that's the most inhuman goddamn thing you could do and I'm not taking this issue lightly.