Prison-Industrial Complex Awareness Week

From Emily Sheehan ’10:

A week devoted to issues surrounding the entrenchment of prisons into the fabric of American society, economics, and politics in what is known as the Prison-Industrial Complex.

Tuesday Features Cliff Thornton at 7pm in Woodhead Lounge, speaking about the War on Drugs and its effects on today’s prison system as well as the racial disparity of the prison and policing systems.

Wednesday features a screening of “Profits of Punishment” at 7pm in Shanklin 107. This documentary provides a critical look into the multi-billion dollar private prison industry in the U.S., exploring the question: do profit-based approaches to incarceration commodify human life?

Thursday features a lecture and discussion with Lynda Gardner at 7pm at 200 Church. Lynda is an artist and prison activist who, after spending five years in York Correctional Institute, understands firsthand the inner workings of the PIC and the effects it has on inmates.

Friday features a screening of the documentary “Red Hook Justice” with speaker Lorenzo Jones at 6pm in Shanklin 107 (FOOD PROVIDED!) Red Hook Justice follows the development of the experimental Red Hook Community Justice Center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where offenders are sentenced to job training, drug counseling and community service. Lorenzo Jones, a community activist, initiated the formation of the Hartford Community Court, based off the model of Red Hook, and will discuss his experience with the centers.

Date: March 23 – March 26
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge, Shanklin 107, 200 Church Lounge

9 thoughts on “Prison-Industrial Complex Awareness Week

  1. Thefresh3

    the U.S. imprisons more people than any other country on the planet ,including communist china,
    the big corporations want you in prison and lobby to get these draconian laws passed so they have a steady stream of cheap slave labor,over 80% of people in these places are non violent first time offenders and have no busniess being there ,except for the big bussniess profiteering off of human misery, and the media is also owned by these same big multinational corporations ,who make/buy the laws and then use the very media outlets they own to fearmonger and scare the daylights out of the american public in to going along with this non sense ,like this phony drug war. this country is sick ,and completly controled and run by corporate america and most americans have no idea what is going on because they have been too dumbed down by the media ,the media that is soley owned by about only 4 major corporations,all media ,tv,radio news paper,everything, the internet is the last bastian of free speech and they are trying their hardest as we speak to gain total control of that as well,and tun this country in to an orwellian police state, they will use technology to watch every  move you make and drain the middle  and lower classes of their last dime, this is class warfare

  2. @ 3

    Come to some of these events to learn about some other perspectives! maybe yours will change, or maybe it will be reinforced, either way it can’t hurt to be further informed!

  3. @ 3

    Come to some of these events to learn about some other perspectives! maybe yours will change, or maybe it will be reinforced, either way it can’t hurt to be further informed!

  4. Michael Dennis

    yeah i guess we’re better off spending tax money on people in prison. between that and health care reform we should have a really balanced budget.

  5. Michael Dennis

    yeah i guess we’re better off spending tax money on people in prison. between that and health care reform we should have a really balanced budget.

  6. i like beef jerky

    your poster is so stupid. is prison supposed to be one long party, or what? you did something wrong, now you work to pay off your debt to society. i don’t see anything wrong with that at all

  7. i like beef jerky

    your poster is so stupid. is prison supposed to be one long party, or what? you did something wrong, now you work to pay off your debt to society. i don’t see anything wrong with that at all

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