Prison Imperialism

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Sign the Petition to Stop Prison Imperialism!

The United States is spreading its model of mass incarceration around the world.

The US has the highest rate of incarceration on the planet, with 2.2 million people in jail and 4.5 million on parole or probation. While crime rates have been falling, sentences have been toughened and new jails built. The majority of those incarcerated are poor and lack high school diplomas. Two thirds of those imprisoned are of African, Latin American or indigenous heritage.This system clearly targets oppressed nations and ethnicities and the poor. Social control via coercion is the alternative to social investment. In the face of economic and ecological crises, police are militarized and penitentiaries raised while schools are closed.

This same situation is reflected in US activities abroad. The US government is exporting mass incarceration to at least 23 different countries, mainly to majority non-White and/or “developing” nations. Some of the nations where the US is helping build prisons or providing training and accreditation include Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Haiti and Saudi Arabia. Funding is provided as part of the “War on Drugs”. These programs begin in 2000 when the US Embassy in Colombia signed a cooperation agreement with Colombia’s Ministry of the Interior. Since that date, Colombian prisons have registered the highest rate of overcrowding in modern history.

The Alliance for Global Justice calls these international incarceration programs his Prison Imperialism. We use that phrase because it is our model that we are exporting around the world. More so, we recognize that prison imperialism along with foreign occupations and military bases, and police and border militarization, are all part of the infrastructure of Empire and exploitation.

We hope to help build international bridges among those resisting Empire and struggling for the liberation of Prisoners of Empire. For more information, contact James Jordan at James@afgj.org or 202-540-8336, ext. 3.


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