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  • caliny (2246 posts)
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    Sen. Sanders Statement on Private Prisons

    “This is how our corrupt political and campaign finance system works. Private prison companies invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and today they got their reward: the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration’s directive to reduce the Justice Department’s use of private prisons. At a time when we already have more people behind bars than any other country, Trump just opened the floodgates for private prisons to make huge profits by building more prisons and keeping even more Americans in jail. Our job: invest in education and jobs, not jails and incarceration. Further, we must end private prisons in America. Corporations should not be profiting by incarcerating our fellow Americans.”


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  • Scuba (4472 posts)
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    1. Private prisons are an indelible stain on American history.

  • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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    2. Captured: People in prison draw people who should be

    Corporations frequently commit crimes any average person would be imprisoned for. These corporate crimes devastate our environment, economy and society, yet the companies committing them often get away with only paying a settlement. These payouts do little damage to a corporation’s bottom line and are practically baked into their budgets. The cost of doing business.CAPTURED shines a light on these crimes masquerading as commerce. Through the use of art made by people in prison, this project imagines the highest levels of corporate leadership being personally responsible for their companies’ illegal actions.

    Money, power, and political influence allow these companies, and their leaders, to not just break the rules, but make the rules. They are “untouchable.” On the opposite end of society’s spectrum lies another “untouchable”–the incarcerated– who even after paying their debts to society are often treated as unworthy…

    Subjects were chosen based upon the leadership of companies with the longest and/or most egregious histories of crimes against the environment, economy, and society. The featured CEOs held their titles at the time the portraits were commissioned, though some have since stepped down.1   In certain cases, a CEO was not in power when the highlighted crimes were committed, but were included because they either held other senior positions during the time in question, or did little to change corrupt business practices once assuming executive control.

    The imprisoned artists were chosen not only for their skills, but also for the crimes they are serving time for, which are similar to those committed by our group of represented companies. All artists were aware of the project’s scope and goals before agreeing to collaborate with us. We chose a CEO for each artist and included a background on the crimes their company had committed. Each artist was compensated for their contribution.



  • RealityCheck (1026 posts)
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    3. " and keeping even more Americans in jail"

    My gut tells me that “even more Ams” really means anti-Trump protestors.

    • Snort McDork (2721 posts)
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      4. I've noticed a trend with Bernie lately

      In addition to this topic of private prisons, he has come out against corporate media, Trump, and a couple others.

      If you ask me, I think he’s positioning himself for something.

      What it could be I would have no clue whats up his sleeve. (sarcasm icon)