The Strange Case of Chelsea Maning

Ms Manning is serving a sentence of 35 years for leaking secret information to Julian Assange’s Wikileaks. She now faces having to spend much of that sentence in solitary confinement due to four charges laid against her by the prison authorities:-

  1. Disrespectfully sweeping food off a table, which nearly hit a prison guard
  2. Disorderly conduct in having swept the food off the table
  3. Having books and magazines (including the July issue of Vanity Fair) in her cell without permission
  4. Having a tube of toothpaste which she was allowed to keep in her cell but had passed its expiration date and therefore constituted medical misuse.

Of course US prisons are models of respect, good conduct and where prisoners have no illicit drugs, weapons or dangerous things and where the prisoners can feel perfectly safe at all time!

In Folsom Prison in California last week a riot involving many prisoners occurred; a number were stabbed and one man died. No prison guards were injured, even by food being swept of a table or by out of date toothpaste.

One Response

  1. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

    At 2.3 million people, mostly black, the USA has the largest prison population in the world and probably the universe. At 707 prisoners per 100,000 population it roughly equals North Korea in its use of incarceration.
    Corrections Corporation of America is one of many private incarceration companies with 85,000 prisoners and $1.7billion p/a profit.
    A lot of the USA’s correctional establishments are privately run. Hence their need to use minor infractions to put them or keep them there.

    Being homeless is an offence in many states and that also helps keep the prisons full in…. “tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free!”

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