Prison Imperialism

The United States is spreading its model of mass incarceration around the world. The US government has prison management programs in at least 32 different countries, mainly to majority non-white and “developing” nations. These classified, clandestine programs include the construction of new prisons, prison guard training, and data management.

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.

The Alliance for Global Justice calls these international incarceration programs Prison Imperialism. We use that phrase because it is our model that we are exporting around the world, and because we contribute to rising incarceration rates and inhumane conditions for prisoners. 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 call for an end to US prison management programs. We hope to help build international bridges among those resisting empire and struggling for the liberation of prisoners of empire. For more information, contact Nasim Chatha at nasim@afgj.org or 202-540-8336, ext. 2.

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Prisoners inside “La Tramacúa”, Valledupar, Colombia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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