STOP ALLOWING PEOPLE WORKING FOR GLOBAL CORPORATIONS LIKE JOHNS HOPKINS RUN AS DEMOCRATS!
War Comes Home The Excessive Militarization of American Policing
This is the movement of global military and NSA corporations into our US cities on a grand scale. It is the precursor of a Stalin-autocratic capture and control of our vital public services. The Ports were privatized and handed to Wall Street investment firms---in Baltimore it was O'Malley and Maryland Assembly pols from Baltimore behind that and now they are moving Halliburton/Blackwater security in at all levels in Baltimore security and policing. So, while this is directed now at poor communities of color under the idea of development---it will take complete control of our government by very bad and evil people. Oakland was one of the first to have this SAIC surveillance and policing installed around 2010 but now they are expanding it to other cities. All of the data collection----the open dismissal of law and citizen rights is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact is about. Erhlich/O'Malley has been all about installing TPP and Johns Hopkins has had that hold on Baltimore for a few decades. The important point is the lack of education about this from any justice sector in Baltimore. The coverup and silence here is not found in Oakland were activists and citizens are able to fight it because they know more of what is happening. Sending Detroit to bankruptcy places the installation of these structures on steroids and O'Malley and Maryland Assembly allowed Baltimore to super-size credit bond leveraging just so the coming bond market crash will send Baltimore into bankruptcy---again, moving this global capture of our vital services further.
ALL YOUR BALTIMORE POLS KNOW THIS IS WHAT CREATES THE SYSTEMIC CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING AND THEY ARE PASSING THE LAWS TO ALLOW IT. THIS INJUSTICE TO POOR BLACKS WILL COME TO ALL OF US-----STOP THE SILENCE!!!
Blackwater training police in American cities and towns
author: Wayne Madsen Report, posted by Styve Oregon State Police members have been training with Blackwater...see #39 below.
The mercenary firm Blackwater USA is well known for the controversy involving its "shoot first, ask no questions" policy in Iraq. It is also known that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security contracted with Blackwater to provide public law enforcement services in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.
Citizens have a distinct opportunity of confronting their local elected city, county, and town officials over Blackwater training of their police officers. Local officials should be pressured to reveal the numbers and identities of officers trained by Blackwater, the subjects covered by the training, the revenues spent, and a public demand should be made to cease and desist in such training.
Funny how Joe Rose, of the Oregonian cheerleading squad, didn't mention this in his garbage article today...guess he was too busy spewing whatever talking points the Feds wanted him to..."only 20 calls this month", "no more than 40 National Guardsmen to participate in Top Off,"police expect real protesters to target the week's events."
With propagandists like that, who needs a free press?! October 14-15, 2007 -- Blackwater training police in American cities and towns
publication date: Oct 14, 2007
The mercenary firm Blackwater USA is well known for the controversy involving its "shoot first, ask no questions" policy in Iraq. It is also known that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security contracted with Blackwater to provide public law enforcement services in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. Blackwater is also planning to establish regional training centers in Potrero, California and Mount Carroll, Illinois, billed as Blackwater West and Blackwater North, respectively.
These training centers, in addition to Blackwater's Lodge and Training Center in Moyock, North Carolina -- Blackwater East -- and a possible fourth rumored to be slated for the Pacific Northwest -- Blackwater Northwest -- may result in the establishment of a network of Blackwater-trained police, sheriffs, and other police units around the country. Given Blackwater's dismal record on human rights and brutality, this spells trouble for civilian control of police and paramilitary forces in the United States, from major metropolitan areas to small rural towns.
On October 14, the Washington Post ran a story, which included photographs from Blackwater's Moyock training center. However, what was most intriguing was a photograph of a police and military patch board at Blackwater's headquarters that indicated the police agencies that have sent their officers to Moyock for training.
Blackwater is secretive about its non-federal, as well as its foreign clients, which the Post pointed out includes Jordan, Azerbaijan, and Burkina Faso, but a WMR inspection of the photograph of the police agencies has yielded the following list of agencies that have used Blackwater for training:
1. Iowa Department of Natural Resources
2. Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's Department
3. Matthews, North Carolina Police
4. Atlanta Police
5. Chillicothe, Ohio Police
6. Charleston, South Carolina Police
7. Port Chester, NY Police
8. Highland, Indiana Police
9. Unalaska, Alaska Police
10. Metropolitan Washington, DC Police
11. Charlottesville, Virginia Police
12. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Dulles and Reagan National Airports)
13. St. Louis County Police (Missouri)
14. Queen Anne's County, Maryland Police
15. Prince George's County, Maryland Police
16. FBI SWAT Team
17. Gloucester Township, New Jersey Police
18. Tempe, Arizona Police
19. New York Police Department
20. Yonkers, New York Police
21. Fairfax County, Virginia Police
22. Maplewood, New Jersey Police
23. Gastonia, North Carolina Police
24. Tampa Police
25. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
26. DeKalb County, Georgia Police
27. Arlington County, Virginia Police
28. Baltimore Police
29. U.S. Coast Guard
30. Suffolk, Virginia Police
31. Franklin City, Virginia Police
32. Milford, Delaware Police
33. University of Texas Police
34. Norfolk, Virginia Police
35. Ottawa-Carleton, Canada Police
36. San Bernardino County, California Sheriff
37. Plattsburgh, New York Police
38. Chicago Police Department
39. Oregon State Police
40. Los Angeles Police Department
41. Tonawanda, New York Police
42. Special Forces of Colombia
43. Jacksonville, North Carolina Police
44. Harvey Cedars, New Jersey Police
45. Elmira, New York Police
46. Department of Corrections, New Jersey
47. Lexington, Kentucky Police
48. Willimantic, Connecticut Police
49. Georgia Department of Law Enforcement
50. City of Fairfax, Virginia Police
51. Alexandria, Virginia Police Special Operations
52. Illinois State Police
53. Dallas, Texas Police
54. Hamilton, Ohio Police
55. Morganton, North Carolina Police
A number of the police departments that have been trained by Blackwater have abysmal civil rights and police brutality records, most notably the Chicago Police and Illinois State Police, both cited by former Illinois Governor George Ryan as being guilty of police misconduct in his decision to commute the death sentences of Illinois' death row inmates. It was a decision that likely had much to do with his indictment by the Bush administration on corruption charges -- political misuse of the Department of Justice that has been seen in the indictments and investigations of Alabama former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth former CEO Richard Scrushy, Qwest's former CEO Joseph Nacchio, Democratic campaign contributor Martha Stewart, Coastal Corporation's former Chairman and Democratic contributor Oscar Wyatt, and Democratic-leaning trial attorneys around the United States, as well as the firings of several U.S. Attorneys who refused to engage in political prosecutions, and a Justice Department workup on North Carolina presidential candidate John Edwards in 2004.
The training and potential political indoctrination of police officers by the extreme right-wing and proto-fascist Blackwater, coupled with the politicization of the Justice Department and U.S. courts, has the potential for the streets of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC, as well as Chillicothe, Harvey Cedars, and Elmira to turn as bloody as the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah.
Citizens have a distinct opportunity of confronting their local elected city, county, and town officials over Blackwater training of their police officers. Local officials should be pressured to reveal the numbers and identities of officers trained by Blackwater, the subjects covered by the training, the revenues spent, and a public demand should be made to cease and desist in such training. homepage: http://www.oregontruthalliance.org
When I was a civil rights/women/labor rights activist in the 1960s and 70s I watched as this reverend from NYC----Al Sharpton moved around the country each time a killing involving people of color made the national news. You never saw the local civil rights activists-----you saw this NYC Al Sharpton. Real activist knew he was a self-promoter and opportunist---not a civil rights activist and a few years ago Sharpton said as much----I MARCHED FOR MY RIGHT TO BE ON WALL STREET. This is the Clinton neo-liberals 'new civil rights' stance. When Clinton wrote the Federalism Act as an Executive Order he started what is today the move with Trans Pacific Trade Pact to end all US Constitutional rights of citizens handing control of government to global corporations. Republican voters and conservative Democratic voters did not know the goal ----they just liked seeing all of the labor, civil rights, and women and disability Constitutional rights ignored as long as the part of the Constitution they liked was protected. Now, with TPP seeking to bring down the entire Constitution and our national sovereignty----Republican voters are mad as heck and it was all a tag-team effort of Bush neo-cons and Clinton neo-liberals.
So today, Al Sharpton runs to cities and towns pushed to riot to stop the riot and protect economic structures while caring not for the civil rights abuses. He rushed when Rawlings-Blake called as she tried to escape the consequences of allowing the most brutal policing policies in the nation take hold. As 109 police killings with 23 officially declared unjustifiable homicides in just a few years in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake with her fake preacher Jamal Bryant ran to where the national media focused on killings of black men. She spoke out at the Trayvon Martin and Ferguson killings on national media----just as Al Sharpton did in the 1970s----while her own Baltimore had scores of killing more brutal than those---and media never stated that ---they made her look as though she cared for civil rights!
REV. AL SHARPTON TO TRAVEL TO FERGUSON, MO TO KICKOFF THE FOUR DAY “JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN” WEEKEND REV. AL SHARPTON TO TRAVEL TO FERGUSON, MO TO KICKOFF THE FOUR DAY “JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN” WEEKEND — ONE DAY FOR EACH HOUR MICHAEL BROWN LAY IN THE STREET
The National Action Network “Justice For Michael Brown” Weekend Schedule:
DAY 1 - Friday, October 31, 2014
Cardin Statement on Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri by: Senator Cardin's Announcements
(Courtesy Photo)Aug 15, 2014 [ A+ ] /[ A- ] Cardin Statement on Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri
Baltimore, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the death of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown and the ongoing reaction to his shooting:
“This cycle of needlessly sacrificing our teens to violent ends must end. It is heartbreaking to see yet another American town gripped by such a tragedy. As Attorney General Holder moves forward with his investigation into the circumstances of Michael Brown’s death, I urge him to also finalize new guidance that would once and for all prohibit racial profiling by law enforcement officials. For a more permanent fix, Congress should take up and pass my bill, the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1038). We need to better educate more of our law enforcement officials in the differences between specific suspect descriptions and sweeping generalizations or profiling that wastes valuable resources. Racial profiling is un-American. It has no place within the values of our country. It turns communities against the partnerships needed to keep our neighborhoods safe. As far too many of our communities have learned, people can be hurt.
“As we await the release of more details of the circumstances of Michael’s death, my wish for the people of Ferguson would be a moment of peace and reflection. Let us not heap more violence on top of an already gut-wrenching situation. The local police must respect the First Amendment rights of our citizens to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to seek the truth and report on this story. I support measures to de-escalate community tensions.”
- See more at: http://www.afro.com/cardin-statement-on-michael-brown-and-ferguson-missouri/#sthash.CSH83KGA.dpuf
As Federalism Act and Trans Pacific Trade Pact is moved into place to end civil rights----the same Clinton neo-liberals are pretending there is a NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT forming. What are New Civil Rights? Any citizen right that does not take from profit or control by corporations. So, labor laws regarding workplace and wage----GONE because that cuts into profit. Gay rights and marriage made a priority by Clinton neo-liberals who could care less about gay rights----OK because gay rights do not cost corporations money---and gay marriages create business. Civil rights protection in workplace, housing, and education -----GONE because corporations are privatizing the HUD, FHA, Department of Education and equal opportunity and access cuts into profits----forget disabilities protections Clinton neo-liberals say. Immigrant Rights allowing immigrants to move around freely and work any job----OK because they are then fleeced and abused in the workplace at great corporate profits---but don't get any idea of workplace and wage fleecing protection!
This is why we have seen Gay Rights and Immigration Rights toted as the New Civil Rights by Clinton neo-liberals----forget the Equal Protection enforcement of that though---making these laws absolutely worthless.
THIS IS WHAT SHARPTON MEANS WHEN HE SAYS HE MARCHED FOR HIS RIGHT TO BE ON WALL STREET----AND IT IS CLINTON-LED JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS IGNORE CIVIL RIGHTS AND PROTECT THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS.
Of course, the US Constitution cannot be written-off or ignored ---it is simply the pols in office doing this. All of this can be VOIDED and reversed if we get rid of these Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons. If your labor and justice organization leaders have not been shouting this these several years----but instead keep supporting Clinton neo-liberals in all elections---they are causing these policies to be allowed to continue.
DO YOU HEAR YOUR LOCAL LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS EDUCATING ON THESE PUBLIC POLICIES? IF NOT, THEY ARE WORKING FOR GLOBAL CORPORATIONS.
The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement 2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.
By GENE DEMBY
December 31, 2014
The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. They also gave a new birth of passion and energy to a civil rights movement that had almost faded into history, and which had been in the throes of a slow comeback since the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012. That the nation became riveted to the meta-story of Ferguson—and later the videotaped killing of Eric Garner in New York—was due in large part to the work of a loose but increasingly coordinated network of millennial activists who had been beating the drum for the past few years. In 2014, the new social justice movement became a force that the political mainstream had to reckon with.
This re-energized millennial movement, which will make itself felt all the more in 2015, differs from its half-century-old civil rights-era forebear in a number of important ways. One, it is driven far more by social media and hashtags than marches and open-air rallies. Indeed, if you wanted a megaphone for a movement spearheaded by young people of color, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than Twitter, whose users skew younger and browner than the general public, which often has the effect of magnifying that group’s broad priorities and fascinations. It’s not a coincidence that the Twitterverse helped surface and magnify the stories of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Two, the new social-justice grass roots reflects a broader agenda that includes LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-questioning) issues and immigration reform. The young grass-roots activists I’ve spoken to have a broad suite of concerns: the school-to-prison pipeline, educational inequality, the over-policing of black and Latino communities. In essence, they’re trying to take on deeply entrenched discrimination that is fueled less by showy bigotry than systemic, implicit biases.
Three, the movement’s renewal has exposed a serious generational rift. It is largely a bottom-up movement being led by young unknowns who have rejected, in some cases angrily, the presumption of leadership thrust on them by veteran celebrities like Al Sharpton. While both the younger and older activists both trace their lineage to the civil rights movement, they seem to align themselves with different parts of that family tree. And in several ways, these contemporary tensions are updates of the disagreements that marked the earlier movement.
Sarah Jackson, a professor at Northeastern University whose research focuses on social movements, said the civil rights establishment embraces the “Martin Luther King-Al Sharpton model”—which emphasizes mobilizing people for rallies and speeches and tends to be centered around a charismatic male leader. But the younger activists are instead inclined to what Jackson called the “Fannie Lou Hamer-Ella Baker model”—an approach that embraces a grass roots and in which agency is widely diffused. Indeed, many of the activists name-checked Baker, a lesser-known but enormously influential strategist of the civil rights era. She helped found Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference but became deeply skeptical of the cult of personality that she felt had formed around him. And she vocally disagreed with the notion that power in the movement should be concentrated among a few leaders, who tended to be men with bases of power that lay in the church. “My theory is, strong people don’t need strong leaders,” she said.
Baker’s theories on participatory democracy were adopted by later social movements, like Occupy Wall Street, which notably resisted naming leaders or spokespeople. But James Hayes, an organizer with the Ohio Student Association, said that he didn’t think of this new social justice movement as “leaderless” in the Occupy style. “I think of it as leader-ful,” he said.
By December, some of these same uncelebrated community organizers who spent the year leading “die-ins,” voting drives and the thousands-deep rallies around the country would meet privately with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. (“We got a chance to really lay it out—we kept it real,” Hayes told me about the meeting. “We were respectful, but we didn’t pull any punches.”) A few days after that White House meeting, Hillary Clinton, widely assumed to be eyeing another bid for the presidency in 2016, nodded to them when she dropped one of the mantras of the demonstrators—“black lives matter”--into a speech at a posh awards ceremony in New York City.
All this new energy comes, ironically, as the country’s appetite for fighting racial inequality—never all that robust in the best of times—appears to be ebbing. The tent-pole policy victories of the civil rights movement are even now in retrenchment: 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, American schools—especially in the South—are rapidly resegregating; the Voting Rights Act, which turns 50 in 2015, has been effectively gutted; and, despite the passage of the Fair Housing Act, our neighborhoods are as segregated as ever. Once-narrowing racial gaps in life outcomes have again become gaping chasms.
At the same time, the new movement’s emergence has caused friction with the traditional civil rights establishment that identifies with those earlier, historic victories. At a recent march put together by Sharpton’s National Action Network in Washington, D.C.—meant to protest the recent decisions not to indict the officers in several high-profile police-involved killings and push for changes in the protocol from prosecutors—younger activists from St. Louis County were upset at what they saw as a lineup of older speakers on the podium who were not on the ground marching in Ferguson. So they climbed onto the stage and took the mic. “It should be nothing but young people up here!” a woman named Johnetta Elzie yelled into the microphone. “We started this!” Some people cheered them. Others called for them to get off the stage. After a few minutes, the organizers cut off their mics. (In the crowd, someone held up a neon-green sign making their discontent with the march’s organizers plain: “WE, THE YOUTH, DID NOT ELECT AL SHARPTON OUR SPOKESPERSON. HAVE A SEAT.”)
A few days later, Elzie downplayed the incident and told me that the disagreement was simply about “someone who doesn’t want to give up the reins and who has a huge platform.”
Of course Bill and Hillary Clinton were the face of all of the dismantling of labor, civil rights, women and disability rights and his policies are directly behind the deep poverty in cities and the zero tolerance jailing that led to mass incarceration. Bill Clinton is the face of taking this further with global corporate rule and Trans Pacific Trade Pact along with his partner Obama because they are neo-liberals. All of this is Republican policy and has nothing to do with the Democratic Platform and yet-----neo-liberals have gained control of Congress and state house since the 1990s when progressive labor and justice liberals had that control----mainly because of the capture of national labor and justice organization leaders that supported his candidates every election. In Maryland, we have had the same group of neo-liberals in office since the Clinton Administration and no citizen in Maryland understands the policies that make he and Bush so bad.
NO PUBLIC POLICY EDUCATION, NOT MEDIA OUTLETS FOR JUSTICE, AND A CAPTURED/RIGGED ELECTION PROCESS KEEPS BALTIMORE IN THE WORST OF RIGHT WING NEO-CONSERVATIVE POWER.
Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 10:15 AM ET, Thu May 7, 2015
Bill Clinton: 'We have too many people in prison' 02:26 (CNN)President Bill Clinton on Wednesday conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration.
Clinton signed into law an omnibus crime bill in 1994 that included the federal "three strikes" provision, mandating life sentences for criminals convicted of a violent felony after two or more prior convictions, including drug crimes. On Wednesday, Clinton acknowledged that policy's role in over-incarceration in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"The problem is the way it was written and implemented is we cast too wide a net and we had too many people in prison," Clinton said Wednesday. "And we wound up...putting so many people in prison that there wasn't enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out so they could live productive lives."
Clinton's comments come on the heels of protests in Baltimore over policing and the death of a young black man there and a week after Hillary Clinton delivered one of the first policy addressees of her presidential campaign on criminal justice reform, saying that the system focuses too much on incarceration.
"Keeping them behind bars does little to reduce crime, but it does a lot to tear apart families," Hillary Clinton said last week. "Our prisons and our jails are now our mental health institutions."
RELATED: Hillary Clinton calls for mandatory police body cameras, end 'era of mass incarceration'
As first lady, Clinton helped push the omnibus crime bill in public, calling it a "well-thought out crime bill that is both smart and tough" in a 1994 interview.
She said that the crime bill would keep violent offenders locked up "so they could never get out again" and touted the "three strikes" provision specifically.
"We will finally be able to say, loudly and clearly, that for repeat, violent, criminal offenders: three strikes and you're out. We are tired of putting you back in through the revolving door," Clinton said in 1994.
On the heels of nationwide protests in Baltimore, Clinton and other politicians are now turning their attention away from "tough on crime" policies to those focused on lowering prison populations and providing more opportunities for low-income areas, where tensions with police have boiled over in Baltimore and other cities.
In the interview Wednesday, the former president didn't completely take the blame for those crime policies, though, pointing to Republicans who strongly pushed the "three strikes" provision.
"But I wanted to pass a bill and so I did go along with it," Clinton said, referencing the legislation that put more police officers on the streets, increased prison funding and banned assault weapons and large ammunition magazines.
Clinton's administration did attempt to reform the Republican proposal of that policy, but he and his administration touted the benefits of the "three strikes" provision included in the legislation he signed.
Clinton said he agreed with his wife's new bent on criminal justice reform and called bipartisan support for those types of reforms "one of the most hopeful things."
"I mean, going from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats and the people in between saying there's too many people in jail and we're not doing enough to rehabilitate the ones you could rehabilitate," Clinton said. "We're wasting too much money locking people up who don't need to be there."
Now we are all supposed to believe that Hillary will undo all of the mess she and Bill created because she really doesn't feel the same way Bill does about these issues. Don't look at her years with the Clinton Initiative spreading neo-liberal policy around the world---pushing more women and children into enslavement than any person in history----now we are going to watch the media and the national labor and justice organization leaders sell her as fixing this mess.
Remember, mass incarceration was great for corporate profit because those in prison were allowed to be worked for $2 an hour----that is the Clinton wage for the future. For decades the prison industry profited from this mass incarceration business and it kept the people pushed out of dismantled safety net programs out of sight. It's hard to pretend you are still a developed nation with all that poverty in your face.
Why will we need mass incarceration for cheap labor when Trans Pacific Trade Pact seeks to make sweat shop workers just as in Asia out of American workers ----no jailing needed? They do not need to incarcerate with TPP----poor farms will keep those human capital unable to effectively work says Clinton neo-liberals!
AHHHH!!!!!! THE GOOD OLD ROBBER BARON DAYS----REMEMBER----WHITE CITIZEN IMMIGRANTS WERE ENSLAVED WITH PEOPLE OF COLOR.
All of this plays out at the state and local level by installing all of these Trans Pacific Trade policies as Baltimore pols excel at doing. They do not flinch in pushing and voting for bills to make this Clinton goal a reality.
GET RID OF CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL AND BUSH NEO-CON POLS RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS---BE THE CANDIDATE IN PRIMARIES AGAINST THESE GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS. AND STOP LISTENING TO THESE CAPTURED JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS AND MEDIA NOT EDUCATING ON ALL THIS!
Hillary Clinton hopes to undo the mass incarceration system
Bill Clinton helped build By Philip Bump April 29
Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University, in New York, April 29, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/TREVOR COLLENSTREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images) On Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton appeared at New York's Columbia University to discuss crime and criminal justice in one of the first speeches of her 2016 campaign. She advocated putting cameras on police officers and changing mandatory minimum sentences. And she put a fine point on the number of people in our prisons. "It's time to end the era of mass incarceration," she said. "We need a true national debate about how to reduce our prison population while keeping our communities safe."
Hillary Clinton: ‘End the era of mass incarceration’(1:10) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for reform to the justice system, including an end to excessive prison sentences in a speech at Columbia University. (Reuters) The "era of mass incarceration" didn't begin the last time the Clintons were in the White House, but the administration of Bill Clinton was integral to its scale.
The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics tracks the country's prison population over time. Historic data is maintained by the University of Michigan, and it provides a look at the boom in America's prison population over the last several decades.
Between 1983 and 2011, the number of people in federal and state prisons sentenced to a year or longer grew from 405,000 to over 1.3 million -- a jump of 225 percent during a period that the population only grew by about a third.
We've marked the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to offer a contrast that we'll return to below. We have to note, of course, that the rate of violent crime peaked shortly before Clinton took office, and many of those who went to prison during his first few years in office entered the criminal justice system in the previous administration.
Hillary Clinton's speech on Wednesday put a particular focus on the number of black men in prison. Between 1983 and 2011, the number of imprisoned white men sentenced to more than a year increased by 198 percent. The number of black men increased 231 percent. Another important note: In 2000, the BJS broke out Hispanic ethnicity separately, so those increases, including white and black Hispanics at the outset, are probably a bit low.
We'll note again that the increase in the prison population began prior to Bill Clinton. During the administration of George H. W. Bush, the number of prisoners sentenced to more than a year increased by 40 percent. Under Clinton -- who served twice as long -- it went up 46 percent. Under the first Bush, the black prison population grew 46.7 percent. Under Clinton, it grew over 50 percent.
The violent crime rate has continued to slowly drop from the highs it saw shortly before Clinton took office. The administration of George W. Bush saw a much slower increase in the prison population; under Barack Obama, the federal prison population fell for the first time in 30 years. The era of mass incarceration is already receding, somewhat after the era of rampant crime did.
Hillary Clinton's speech was given in a part of New York City that is much safer now than it would have been when her husband was first running. There's an on-going debate as to why that is, but it seems clear that throwing everyone in jail caused a lot of long-term problems for whatever good it did.
In speaking out against that, Hillary Clinton is very much speaking out against her husband.