Author Topic: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System  (Read 670 times)

Offline Shiranu


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A lot of things look funny in the light and when prisons ban a critically-acclaimed book about the discrimination black people face in the criminal justice system...well, that’s more than a little funny.

Nonetheless, according to the Guardian, that’s exactly what is happening in some prisons in New Jersey, who have reportedly banned Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness .

Records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through a public records request show that the book, which was published in 2010 is on lists of publications that inmates in state facilities may not possess. The organization is now calling for the ban to be lifted, saying that the ban violates the First Amendment rights of inmates.

“For the state burdened with this systemic injustice to prohibit prisoners from reading a book about race and mass incarceration is grossly ironic, misguided, and harmful,” ACLU staff attorney Tess Borden wrote in a letter to be sent on MOnday to New Jersey Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan.

The Guardian notes that, under regulations in the state, inmates are prohibited from getting publications that threaten prison safety, incite violence, or show how to do certain activities such as make bombs or pick locks. Magazines appealing to a “prurient interest in sex,” , as well as magazines about hip-hop and black culture are also banned.

The records, according to the report, do not make it clear why Alexander’s book was put on the no-go list at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and Southern State Correctional Facility in Delmont.
But, I’m sure we can hazard a few guesses.


Also banned... magazines that discuss hip hop and African American culture.


Step one of not looking like you are racist... don't silence accusations that you are racist, and don't keep African Americans from being allowed to keep up with their culture. Not rocket science.
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Offline Baruch

Prison populations are mothers of racism.  Skinheads and neo-Nazis for Whites, Islamism for Blacks.
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Prisons are just medieval in america.
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Prisons are just medieval in america.

Yes, America is medieval, and getting more so.  Please study up on how best to be an ignorant and illiterate peasant.
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Yes, America is medieval, and getting more so.  Please study up on how best to be an ignorant and illiterate peasant.

I don't live in america, therefore not my problem.
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Offline Luther Martini

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... Please study up on how best to be an ignorant and illiterate peasant.

That's easy.

--  don't believe anything from the scientific community or "liberal media"

--  keep the TV tuned to Fox News, unless watching NASCAR or an appropriately sponsored sporting event.

--  don't listen to any music except country and "christian rock".

--  stay fucked up on beer, pain killers, meth, or some combination thereof until your life spins out of control, then join a mega-church for guidance in how to best fit into society.


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I don't live in america, therefore not my problem.

So a place less advanced?  Too bad for you ;-))  Remember, actual advance is due to entropy, and entropy means food turns into shit.
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That's easy.

--  don't believe anything from the scientific community or "liberal media"

--  keep the TV tuned to Fox News, unless watching NASCAR or an appropriately sponsored sporting event.

--  don't listen to any music except country and "christian rock".

--  stay fucked up on beer, pain killers, meth, or some combination thereof until your life spins out of control, then join a mega-church for guidance in how to best fit into society.

No ... be Labor or Democrat ;-)

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SJWs in 1200 CE.
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Offline Luther Martini

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SJWs in 1200 CE.

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The best description I've seen recently was an analogy to 'Animal Farm'...
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Offline Baruch

Re: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 02:28:02 PM »
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The best description I've seen recently was an analogy to 'Animal Farm'...

Well, we know what part of which animal's anatomy you are analogous to ... ;-)
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Re: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 02:36:40 PM »
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So a place less advanced?  Too bad for you ;-))  Remember, actual advance is due to entropy, and entropy means food turns into shit.
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Well, we know what part of which animal's anatomy you are analogous to ... ;-)
Ad hominem much?
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Offline Baruch

Re: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 02:39:42 PM »
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Ad hominem much?

See smilies ... or admit you really are a 19 year old in diapers, living in your parent's basement ;-)  After I have called everyone here a dirty ape (see Planet of the Apes) there isn't much Left to say.
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Re: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 02:41:09 PM »
Yeah, but I bet you'll say it anyway...
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Offline Baruch

Re: New Jersey Prisons Ban Book... about Discrimination in the Justice System
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 02:55:07 PM »
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Yeah, but I bet you'll say it anyway...

I am what I am ... (sounds like a demigod, doesn't it?).  It isn't my responsibility how you choose to take it.
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