by Chris Stevenson
The Worst thing that could happen to private prisons, is a reduced need for state and federal prisons. That is of course unless you name is Jeff Sessions. A lot of really old-school whites invented the crime-being-synonymous-with-blacks credence during the ’60’s and ’70’s based on their wishful thinking. Sessions is still living in the ‘50’s. His cracked pale skin emits as much evil as it looks to be. While we are being deluged with news of Trump shenanigans, Sessions’ antics kick up very little mainstream publicity. This is disturbing news we all need to keep up with during our religious obsession of watching fictional characters on “Empire” and “Scandal.” Lucious, Cookie, and Olivia have got nothing on Cheeto, Flynn, and Sessions.
It was Sally Yates, the same Sally Q. Yates that was fired last January 30th for refusing to enforce President Trump’s travel ban, the same woman who warned him about Flynn, whom also cut ties to privately run prisons back on August 18, 2016 while serving as a deputy attorney general. What needs to be common knowledge is the role these private torture centers played in donating campaign contributions to Trump. CoreCivic, the US’ largest private prison operator, made $3,356 in profit per prisoner in 2015, they contributed $250,000 to his inauguration. Geo Group, the 2nd largest private prison operator in the US contributed “$50,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC and $45,000 to the Trump campaign via the ‘Trump Victory fund, a joint fundraising committee between Trump and various state Republican Party groups.’” Geo made $2,135 profit per prisoner in 2015. These facilities are infamous for human rights abuses.
The Rewire quoted Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership back in February: “This administration appears to be more interested in lining the coffers of its friends at private prison corporations than promoting common sense policies that would reduce the incarcerated population and close troubled prisons.” The “common sense” that is lacking seems to come from the prison guards who evidently are as mentally-ill as many of the inmates. Solitary confinement can go from weeks to years. Rats are allowed to roam freely in inmates cells. Rapes – including a 16-year-old by his adult cellmate – hunger, stabbings, beatings, suicides and suicide attempts etc., are listed at a dramatically higher rate than federal and state-run facilities. According to the DOJ’s 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance: “Private corrections facilities experience 65 percent more prisoner-to-prisoner assaults and 49 percent more assaults on staff than public facilities,” just imagine how bad they are today.
What is most glaring is much of the abuses can be reduced if they stop housing non-violent offenders with hardened criminals, but of course this is very intentional. Sessions knows the connection, bring back the mandatory minimums that targeted blacks. Many African Americans criticized Obama for not doing anything for us, while I feel them on many of these issues, perhaps he felt first things first, he had to free a lot of us before he could do anything. Like Flynn, Sessions has met with the US’ traditional adversary Russia. He is on record as meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak while US Senator (AL) and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this was during the same period he served as an advisor and advocate for Trump. These people are not just racists at the core, but too dumb to be believed. When questioned by Senator Al Franken (MN) during his senate confirmation hearing about this meeting with Kislyak he spoke out of both sides of his mouth,“I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have communications with the Russians.” Look all he knows is he wants to put more blacks and illegal immigrants in these private madhouses… even if the crime rate is dropping, so lay off him huh. Don’t look for Trump to fire Sessions because what he is doing comes too near and too dear to Trump’s heart.
Which one is your Attorney General?
Obama’s accomplishments is the boogeyman that occupies their nightmares, as well as the nightmares of generations of their family lines, and reversing them is an obsession stronger than whatever medication they may or should take. This was done in two phases, 1- Fire the prosecutor’s most likely to disagree with his mandates, 2- Re-introduce the race-targeting, private prison-friendly mandates to the new or acting federal prosecutors.
Reportedly back in November both Sessions and Trump met, and had a friendly chat with Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan. Trump was President-Elect still, they asked him about staying on. Bharara told them that was his intention. Five months later the prosecutor is among 46 Obama-era attorneys being asked to resign. While it’s normal for new administrations to replace members of the old regime and appoint their own people, especially in the case where the other party takes over, this mass-firing was different. There are some aspects of Bharara’s record which would make one understand why he would have a tough time in the Trump Administration anyway, he calls it down the middle. Known for prosecuting top New York police officials, the leader of a correction officers union, and at the time was looking into trying a couple of separate public corruption cases involving aids of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Session’s May 12th letter to prosecutors rescinds the work of the previous AG Eric Holder (2013). He orders the prosecutors to “pursue the toughest charges and sentences against crime suspects.” It’s not the gun and gang violence Sessions is really concerned with, as long as shooting and killing have been against the law those things have and will take care of themselves. It’s the mandatory minimums Obama and Holder eliminated that rubs them the wrong way. Laws brought back out of revenge and anger. No need to belabor or speculate as to why, the important thing is to put a stop to them. Thus far nothing is set in stone, all the current federal prosecutors are not onboard. With Yates, and James Comey, and the federal attorneys gone it’s past time for blacks and democrats to wake up and follow the real scandal of all the sick personalities on the Trump Administration and push for reform.
Chris Stevenson is author of “The MAO Syndrome: A Timeline of Newspaper columns Tracking Hate, Fear, Loathing, Obstinacy, and Stubbornness of many on the right & some on the left who are simply Mad At Obama.” He is also a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook. Watch his video interviews for Griot Nation (GNN). Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him by email; firstname.lastname@example.org