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PROBATION PROFITEERS

From: Voices of Our World
Length: 28:00

Outsourcing the supervision of misdemeanor offenders and medical neglect at Carswell Prison Blues

Default-piece-image-0 Part One: PROBATION PROFITEERS The United States houses 1 in 4 of the world's prisoners. Our prison population has increased 376 % in the last 28 years. Now some of our local and state governments have outsourced the supervision of misdemeanor offenders such as people who have received traffic tickets, to 37 private companies who are milking the system and taking advantage of citizens who live below the poverty line. Assistant Editor for Mother Jones Magazine, Celia Perry traveled to Amicus, Georgia for her story, Probation For Profit for the July/August issue. Perry gives us the story of how one such company, Middle Georgia Community Probation Services operates. Part two: BEYOND PUNISHMENT Betty Brink, writer and reporter for the Fort Worth Weekly is the author of Carswell Prison Blues, an article that ran in the Summer 2008 issue of Ms Magazine on medical neglect suffered by the female prison population in that Federal facility. Brink writes of several specific cases including that of Linda Fenton who was found comatose on her cot just 2 days before her release with a sheet wrapped so tightly around her neck it had to be cut off. Although Fenton never regained consciousness, attendants kept her shackled to a gurney until she left the prison hospital in a body bag. Betty Brinks fill us in on the Carswell Prison blues.

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Part One: PROBATION PROFITEERS The United States houses 1 in 4 of the world's prisoners. Our prison population has increased 376 % in the last 28 years. Now some of our local and state governments have outsourced the supervision of misdemeanor offenders such as people who have received traffic tickets, to 37 private companies who are milking the system and taking advantage of citizens who live below the poverty line. Assistant Editor for Mother Jones Magazine, Celia Perry traveled to Amicus, Georgia for her story, Probation For Profit for the July/August issue. Perry gives us the story of how one such company, Middle Georgia Community Probation Services operates. Part two: BEYOND PUNISHMENT Betty Brink, writer and reporter for the Fort Worth Weekly is the author of Carswell Prison Blues, an article that ran in the Summer 2008 issue of Ms Magazine on medical neglect suffered by the female prison population in that Federal facility. Brink writes of several specific cases including that of Linda Fenton who was found comatose on her cot just 2 days before her release with a sheet wrapped so tightly around her neck it had to be cut off. Although Fenton never regained consciousness, attendants kept her shackled to a gurney until she left the prison hospital in a body bag. Betty Brinks fill us in on the Carswell Prison blues.

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Review of PROBATION PROFITEERS

$200 fine for running a red light paid to the court by a private company and $200 (or more) paid to the same private probation company to "supervise" you? That can't be right, legal, or true - but it is all three in the state of Georgia. Georgia in the United States of America. Impossible to believe - until you listen to the piece...

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