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July 21, 2014

John Oliver covers the realities of incarceration nation

A whole lots of folks have sent me notes to make sure I saw the remarkable 15+ minute piece on John Oliver's HBO show about modern prison realities in the United States.  To make sure everyone gets to see this effective (and humorous) piece of journalism, here is the video:

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Left wing unfunny hate speech. The point? Loose these vicious predators to generate more government make jobs on the outside. As to the non-violent? 95% of adjudicated charges are fictitious, a bad habit of the lawyer, fiction (it's everywhere in the law, knowingly, recklessly, lawlessly). What is the remedy if a competitor impinges on the sales territory of one of these non-violent drug dealers? No one knows. One may be loosing a person who has killed dozens.

All left wing, pro-criminal propagendists such as uber-twit Oliver must have a prisoner halfway house on their street, where they live, or shut the eff up.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 21, 2014 10:30:58 PM

Oliver's bits are a bit long at times, but has some creative stuff.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 21, 2014 10:49:58 PM

"the realities of modern prison realities"


DAB: THANKS, Joe, I fixed this awful sentence.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 21, 2014 10:50:49 PM

Using Sesame Street characters as children saying their Daddy is in prison, is as low as Hamas using live characters to tell the children of Gaza they should grow up to kill all the Jews. Hamas, of course, has killed far fewer Jews than the vicious, cold hearted client of the lawyer has killed innocent murder victims. This is especially offensive, when one of their own has just been taken by such a murderer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 21, 2014 11:22:02 PM

"But the “superstar” when it comes to helping the federal bar and federal judges is Professor Doug Berman at Ohio State’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law. His blog entitled Sentencing Law and Policy has been the most important contribution a law professor has made to the federal courts in my lifetime. He singlehandedly took a new medium and turned it into an interactive teaching and information tool of incalculable value to solving the real world problems facing federal practitioners and federal judges."


Since self-promotion is gauche.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 21, 2014 11:37:42 PM

There is clearly something wrong with Americans, that we commit so many crimes and end up in prison in such vast numbers. No other nation seems to have this problem. Why are we such an unruly, lawless people? Given the diversity of our backgrounds, it cannot be genetic. Nor does it appear to have anything to do with democracy, since other democratic nations don't seem to be nearly as prone to criminal behavior as the United States. Is it our wealth? That's doubtful, since so much of the wealth in this country is concentrated in the hands of a small percentage of the people; we are a fantastically wealthy nation, but most people live at middle or lower incomes. It can't be poverty, since much poorer nations don't seem to have nearly as many people committing crimes to put themselves in prison. I doubt that such a vast nation, with such varied geography, suffers from some kind of environmental defect that makes people choose to commit crimes.

So what is the reason that so many of us end up in prison?

Well, whatever it is, I'm sure more prison will fix it.

Posted by: C.E. | Jul 22, 2014 12:35:52 AM

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