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March 5, 2016

"From Mass Incarceration to Mass Control, and Back Again: How Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform May Lead to a For-Profit Nightmare"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new and timely article now available via SSRN and authored by Carl Takei.  Here is the abstract:

Since 2010, advocates on the right and left have increasingly allied to denounce mass incarceration and propose serious reductions in the use of prisons.  This alliance serves useful shared purposes, but each side comes to it with distinct and in many ways incompatible long-term interests. I f progressive advocates rely solely on this alliance without aggressively building our own vision of what decarceration should look like, the unintended consequences could be serious.
This Article describes the current mass incarceration paradigm and current left-right reform efforts. It then outlines how, if progressives do not set clear goals for what should replace mass incarceration, these bipartisan efforts risk creating a nightmare scenario of mass control, surveillance, and monitoring of Black and Brown communities.  Finally, the Article explains why this mass control paradigm would lay the groundwork for a heavily-privatized, extraordinarily difficult-to-end resurgence of mass incarceration in subsequent decades.

March 5, 2016 at 02:25 PM | Permalink


For violent crimes , NO incarceration , but “Night & Fog” to a very remote section of Siberia ‼

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady „ the Nemo Me ♠ Impune Lacessit guy in Oregon ‼ | Mar 5, 2016 3:26:42 PM

That's hardy docile, Mr. Brady. You are advocating for the worst excesses of *both* the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes.

Posted by: Boffin | Mar 5, 2016 3:40:53 PM

Hello. I respectfully submit it is not an excess if a fair charge , trial , and adequate defense precedes the transport•
There would be no guards , nor cells , nor fences •
Their conduct would be monitored by satellite •

The Third Reich abused nearly ALL judicial processes.

As I understand many Russian civilians ESCAPED TO Siberia to avoid the predatory evil despotism of Stalin.

“From For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II”
By Mike Dash – smithsonian.com – January 28, 2013

The old man’s name was Karp Lykov, and he was an Old Believer–a member of a fundamentalist Russian Orthodox sect, worshiping in a style unchanged since the 17th century. Old Believers had been persecuted since the days of Peter the Great, and Lykov talked about it as though it had happened only yesterday; for him, Peter was a personal enemy and “the anti-Christ in human form”—a point he insisted had been amply proved by Tsar’s campaign to modernize Russia by forcibly “chopping off the beards of Christians.” But these centuries-old hatreds were conflated with more recent grievances; Karp was prone to complain in the same breath about a merchant who had refused to make a gift of 26 poods of potatoes to the Old Believers sometime around 1900.

Things had only got worse for the Lykov family when the atheist Bolsheviks took power. Under the Soviets, isolated Old Believer communities that had fled to Siberia to escape persecution began to retreat ever further from civilization. During the purges of the 1930s, with Christianity itself under assault, a Communist patrol had shot Lykov’s brother on the outskirts of their village while Lykov knelt working beside him. He had responded by scooping up his family and bolting into forest.

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady „ the Nemo Me ♠ Impune Lacessit guy in Oregon ‼ | Mar 5, 2016 4:46:44 PM

▼ More info on Siberia isolation is in article ▼
In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga.

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady „ the Nemo Me ♠ Impune Lacessit guy in Oregon ‼ | Mar 5, 2016 4:54:24 PM

Old and Busted: Botany Bay
New Hotness: Botany Icecube

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 5, 2016 6:03:37 PM

I'd rather we just give them a nice quiet execution. People can escape exile, it's a lot harder to come back from the dead.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Mar 5, 2016 6:56:04 PM

unless they are zombies

Posted by: Joe | Mar 5, 2016 8:20:51 PM

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