Secrets of an American Gulag

Interesting details of the American prison system were revealed to me in the article Nikolai Andreyev online It turns out their democratic system is not much different from the Gulag system-oh "totalitarian" of the Soviet Union, which is so hard to criticize U.S. human rights activists. Prudent analysts of Wall Street successfully use cheap labor of prisoners. After all, they have to pay on the order of less than a Chinese worker.

Here are some quotes from the article:

"… Over the past decade, the American prison system has been translated into a commercial basis. And today, almost all state prisons in this country are taken into long-term lease by individuals or companies.

Clinton's program to reduce the U.S. federal budget and state government officials led to the fact that the Department of Justice states began to conclude contracts for the detention of persons with private prison corporations. With state budget funds, which are listed in such corporations, it is negligible. Meanwhile, the cost of maintaining the American prisoners are quite significant. The obvious question is where to get the missing dollar?

And after some negotiations with the federal government by private prison corporations, the solution was found —U.S. convicts themselves were earning money for prisons. Moreover, their work to bring sickly profit private prison corporations.

Today it is thirty seven states (out of fifty) have legalized the use of labor prisoners by private corporations that organize production within prisons.

Particularly attracted them the opportunity to save on wages. After all, prisoners usually receive the minimum wage, set in a particular state, and even then not always. Many private prisons, for example, they give only seventeen cents per hour. The working day is a maximum of six hours, that is Many American convicts earn only twenty dollars a month

Against this background look pretty hypocritical constant moaning American governmental and non-governmental human rights organizations on forced labor, existed in the forced labor camps of the USSR, and even earlier — in the Gulag?

However, in the case of the exemplary behavior of the prisoner is eligible for parole. Under the new rules of parole is allowed only if the inmate works at a factory. Thus, the choice of its simple — To sit or stand for thirty years to the machine and really go out at will, say, seven years from now. It is clear that most of the barman agree on the latter.

Thanks to the forced labor of convicts in prison the U.S. were an attractive place for financial investments, which used to be the lot of Third World countries. As a result, there are funny stories. For instance, one firm has closed located in Mexico assembly plant and transferred him to the prison, "San Quentin" (California). In Texas, a factory fired one hundred and fifty workers and entered into a contract with a private prison "Lockhart." Source

Against this background, it is likely that America will come back production, which have been transferred to third world countries. The number of prisoners in the country, is likely to be only increase the government to keep them from year to year more difficult. The most optimal way, the maximum use of prison labor it will help to put the holds on the self, and help corporations get cheap labor.

By the way, according to archive data to repression in the Soviet time, it was about the same as now sits prisoners in U.S. jails. So in February 1954, in the name of Khrushchev was prepared by reference. Signed by the Attorney General of the USSR R. Rudenko, Minister of Internal Affairs and the Minister of Justice S.Kruglovym K.Gorsheniny the USSR, which was called the number of convicts in the period from 1921 to February 1, 1954. Total for this period has been convicted 3,777,380 people., Including capital punishment — 642,980 people., The content of the camps and prisons for a term of 25 years and below — 2,369,220 people., Into exile and expulsion — 765,180 people

So whose is a totalitarian still a big question!

Nikolai Starikov

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