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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 05:26 PM

John Oliver Calls Out America's Racist, Broken Prison System: 'We Are Doing A Terrible Job'




One of the things I like about Oliver's new show is that he's taking on issues that rarely get any any attention --- anywhere. And because he has the time to really dig in, he's able to make them entertaining and informative.

Our prison system is an atrocity, it truly is. The numbers of prisoners alone should ring alarm bells with anyone who has a sense of justice. In fact, it's so bad and the problems so huge that it seems overwhelming. But we have to do something about this and oddly enough there may even be some help from the far right on it. There's always a chance that these civil liberties and criminal justice issues have a small overlap there that could make a difference.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-horror-of-americas-prisons-in-20.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/john-oliver-broken-prison-system-last-week-tonight_n_5605366.html

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Reply John Oliver Calls Out America's Racist, Broken Prison System: 'We Are Doing A Terrible Job' (Original post)
kpete Jul 2014 OP
daleanime Jul 2014 #1
Skittles Jul 2014 #2
Mnemosyne Jul 2014 #3
DeSwiss Jul 2014 #4
proReality Jul 2014 #5
Uncle Joe Jul 2014 #6
pam4water Jul 2014 #7
RainDog Jul 2014 #8
JDPriestly Jul 2014 #9
conservaphobe Jul 2014 #10
questionseverything Jul 2014 #11

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 05:46 PM

1. Kick....

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 07:36 PM

2. love Mr. Oliver

he's doing a fantastic job

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 08:20 PM

3. That was very good, well stated. nt

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 09:22 PM

4. Time to end this shit.

 



- K&R

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 11:22 PM

5. I'm thrilled he got his own show! n/t

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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 11:42 PM

6. That was most excellent, John Oliver is rapdily becoming one of my favorites.

Thanks for the thread, kpete.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:55 AM

7. Big K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 01:25 AM

8. I'm glad he's focusing attention on this issue

Privatization's worst aspects are clearly visible among those who society cares the least about...those harms exist across society, but are most apparent when people think others have no rights to be treated humanely - which is America's largely unspoken view of anyone in prison, no matter the situation.

Laws passed in the Reagan era brought us to this point.

Anyone who thinks it's coincidence that African Americans are targeted in either naive or deluded.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 03:07 AM

9. K&R. Well done. Thanks for posting this.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 08:59 AM

10. This was AWESOME.

 

K and EFFING R!

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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:11 PM

11. only the court jester is allowed to tell the truth

the part oliver did not touch on was these prisons also provide slave labor

overall an excellent presentation

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