Wednesday, May 23, 2012

“Mass Incarceration, Rehabilitation and Recidivism” By Abdul Jabbar Caliph

All across America we are witnessing a brutal, horrible attack that is taken place against the African working class. This attack has directly led to the mass incarceration of black men; women and children.  It is an attack that is the direct result of the FBI counterinsurgency program called COINTELPRO

The mass incarceration of the African working class didn’t start to occur into the mid seventies near the decline of the Black Revolution. The government knew and understood that we as a people were unprepared for the type of anti-black low-intense-warfare campaign (Lick) that is was prepared to lunch within our community that was systematical planned out for the domestic colonization of our people. 

Here are a few brief details that you may be interested in:
·         In 2007, there were nearly 2.3 million people locked up in prison according to reports in the United States, a place that has the highest incarceration in the world; 

·         Of this figure nearly one million of those incarcerated are members of the African working class, black men and women for the most part and a few juvenile who have been sentenced as adults in the system;
·         Many of our loved ones are forced to live in isolation units known as “the hole”, these units are designed to break you psychological and psychically. You stay in these units 23 to 24 hours a day coming out only for court, medical appointments and one hour of recreational activity. 

·         The 13th Amendment to the constitution never freed anyone it only changed the face of slavery and establish a policy of neo-slavery in the United States of America; 

·         The Eighth Amendment to the constitution against cruel and unusually punishment is violated everyday; 
·         While many of realizes that many of our loved ones are in prison for what we term non-violent offenses we don’t recognizes or understand that many politicians have passed laws that make the posse ion of drugs and the selling of drugs a violent offense;  

·         Approximately fifty-three percent of those currently incarcerated, 1.5 million have children who are minors. This means that an estimated population of 1.7 million have an incarcerated parent. Many of those children (approximately 25 percent) are four years old or younger. Thirty-three percent of them reach adulthood while their parent is still locked up. This places undue hardship on the families and the community from which they come from.
·         It has long been suspected that parental incarceration has contributed many of the negative behaviors that influence our children and maybe a leading cause too many of the mental health problems associated with some school issues, unemployment and so called juvenile delinquent behavior.  

·         Comrades what we need to understand is that Prison Industrial  Complex is one big massive business that racks in billions each year, it coast approximately 80 billion a year to operate this bankrupted system  and that it directly tied in Capitalist economic  that is responsible for  political oppression and economical exploitation of the African working class. Prisoners are people and need to be respected as people and treated as human beings. 

Currently there are many people who are suffering from mental-health issues and are in need of drug treatment programs. The government realizes this, they should they created the problem in the first place. Rehabilitation is not a factor in the colonialist-genocidal governments plan for the African working class. These attacks are by design and we need to understand them. 

Here in the state of Maryland there are more than 25,000 people incarcerated in prison and in jail, 77% percent of them are of the African working class. Since the adoption of the 13th Amendment in 1865 Maryland State has executed 191 people, 157 of them being black.  Since 1882, white vigilante mobs have lynched 29 people, twenty seven of them being black.  The state of Maryland makes sure that at least 50% of the prison and jail population are black people.  

Society needs to understand that there are no rehabilitative factors when it comes to prison many of those that have been incarcerated a will not forget are forgiving the horrors that they have experienced behind the wall and fences of prison. This creates a Psychological block for many of them which can handicap any future relationships that they have with society. Prison is a world within another world which is in a constant state of conflict. Prison changes everybody, officers and inmates alike. 

Rehabilitation does not exist and what pass for rehabilitation is a joke, inmates receive only the basics. They receive the basics as far as education, the standard GED class, and training in minimum manual skills such as cooking; roofing and warehousing. These are jobs that require manual labor and pay close to minimum wages. They keep a person in poverty and therefore a person is most likely to return to prison.  

This leads to the issue of recidivism in America which poses a huge problem for the African working class and other non-whites. Many of those that are paroled return to the very environments which send them to prison in the first place. These communities are often drug infested, offer low economical opportunities and have high percentage of inmates assigned to parole and probations. Then there is the issue of the financial responsibility that is placed on many of them. Many of them have a family that they have to take care of which includes children. These financial hardships often push them back into a life of crime. This often is enough to place them back into prison.

If we as a people want to truly tackle these issues, the issues of mass incarceration, rehabilitation and recidivism we must start to develop concrete plans that address these and that can win the people to mass participation as well as bring serious pressure on the corrupted political structure that is making. We then must establish survival reenter program that address the needs of the community; the inmate population and those on parole and probation.

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