Prison Industrial Complex

Former Missouri State Senator and author of  Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis explains the campaign violation that sent him to prison. Where Jeff Smith served his prison sentence and why he always supported prison reform. The untapped potential of prison and the “underground economy”. Who makes […]
Ryan Cooper, a National Correspondent The Week Magazine explains how local jails are abusing human rights. How minor charges and Police harassment lead to the jailing and abuse of non-violent offenders and how local jail systems can be reformed. Also for Members only! A conversation from the Air America days with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and comic […]
Independent journalist Beth Schwartzapfel explains the persistence of American prison labor, how little is provided to prisoners, half of prisoners have full time jobs, invented felonies and the end of slavery, how prison labor is exploited, why OSHA can’t intervene to protect prison labor, the economic costs of imprisonment, the return of debtors prisons, is […]
McMaster University Professor and author of  Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education Henry Giroux explains what exactly Neoliberalism is, why civic literacy is a threat to Neoliberalism, the public education crisis, why Neoliberals view the function of government as protecting the 1%, the delusions that drive the school privatization movement, the ideology of civic illiteracy, the distortion of freedom […]