tv Documentary RT October 27, 2017 12:29pm-1:01pm EDT
under margaret thatcher there was a transition away from public housing and government assisted government underwritten public housing and they sold off all the council estates as they're known people bought into the units across the country and they became the land owning the new land owning neoliberal gentrification under the current government in the u.k. it's another socialist scheme of government underwriting property but not for the poor people they do it for the rich people.
ville platte three hundred kilometers from new orleans far away from tourists jazz and muddy ground the small town is the gateway to state prisons in a city of seven thousand seven hundred arrests in two years a very large number of federal authorities investigate through this man. john came back to sampson. closer but. you know again. i'll come go pay it back by now. he's looking for witnesses. he was born here everyone knows him a. former soldier decries arrest in a city where no one talks without him would be lost talking to residents would be impossible especially with a camera gone in the woods called the woods this is where they hang out they not
out right now but this deceived this is where they all will be hanging out. to see the error. then won't bother you the most the target african-american. with them to their own heart and not. on the same boat as log out of jail man ya know that's why i got to know. the people there really is a fake us man good one john. many relaying silence to the fear of reprisals. they don't think. they disapprove. they just arrest them for not then in their resume pick them up all day charge and all kind of charge and. they know what the law is no communication. always
from saying man your parish. to parish like coming back intact because they have jim crow mentality. that the african american is less of a man especially the male is less of a man. to change the. federal investigation is the. whole interview requests. the sheriff isn't interested in any questions. twice as high as the us average ten times. which makes it a world record. of the sixty four sheriffs manages his prison. they are elected by fervent supporters. to anyone. for every prisoner the state pays twenty four dollars a day. the sheriff used that money as they see fit as we leave plots to
meet one of these powerful men next stop the forced parish one hundred thousand residents in cajun country. illegally good work this morning the sheriff's asking about any you come as. and we have no one to process this morning right how many have you process so far. it's ok and how many you have left the process just two more are there warrants or arrests arrests. and so person comes here in the booking officer takes over that points to start booking anyone this morning. does get a minute. ok. stefan forming question back on this want to go.
into the rest i'll visit lasted for two hours and in that time twelve people but incarcerated every cell is occupied and take out. every day our jails is beyond full we have a capacity of two hundred forty three beds that we can house here in this facility and at any given day we have between seventy five and a hundred twenty five inmates that are in other jails across the state of louisiana . i'm sure we don't want her around town. it's in the catwalk or corridor in the old analogy the only way the correctional officer has an accident is. in one in a perimeter next. to the system has one twisted detail funding is based on occupation. the sheriff's compete to kill. the most state of every prisoner
means cash. is the uniqueness of the sheriff in the louisiana is that we are a separate constitutional unit of local government we are a ton of must from the state and we were autonomy from other branches of government we have our own budget we are able to raise our own funds weekend by police purchased property we can keep self generated revenue the next biggest area our responsibilities of running the jail the greatest job in the world it's as close to being a king as any job that there is that's elected i love it so much of a dinner for twenty five years. it's the best job in the weld but it requires the sheriff to constantly find new clients. it was stored here with a bigger targets was warning or through force. alan evans expertise in
a resting multiple people. after twenty years of patrol duty and was she to perish he knows the district well . you know some days we only rest before some days will return of toil you know just don't arceo. your way and you know it just becomes ago when the weather gets better like being with us bertie and saudi. use we're going to risk more people. i think it was fourteen people right up here in this intersection i rolled out the movers fighting one on their way round them all up we took into the bargain and jail. us by the most auguries department must say oh boy lawful order to. disperse. they wouldn't aspires that we
just start arresting people and finally everybody took off and lay off. so we ended up with fourteen of. alan sets a personal arrest record the council housing area where rent is love. these folks down here they won't. they won't tell you tony the way that your book goes somebody so you can do it they go and think that. they're what they call a snitch. told to him and people out. in them when you come in here where years would bring several officers that were coming to work so the. first better reported or here's this a lot of disturbances. people. years with drug related they are going over the. suspects and then taken to which it's a prison. and. they were here.
and when they get there they're rented to the sheriff. you don't want to go make a tour go see what it's like round and say oh the well don't warms like this is it with your it. and it will show you around a bit. one thousand one hundred fifty prisoners are living in very basic conditions this is the way all over set up here you know it's all this whole like the about fifty in each one. and they do have a. race name put back to the south they don't go anywhere i mean they're they're here twenty four seventh's of that. j. russell has just begun his. second term
a sheriff he knows prison regulations well he wrote them in his absence only one person can make decisions prison warden pat johnson. but usually there's someone out here with that guy but if not he can sit right here and he can watch the whole. all for. when there's only four cameras in each dorms and he's got to get out and he knows what's going on at all times just from sitting here. there are many cameras and only one god monitoring two hundred prisoners. beds and laid out closely there is no previously. they have one remand prisoners sleep beside convicted felons. russell is full of ideas about how to reduce costs. where people would go visit him between glass top all these you know but over time technology has taken over that now we just do it
on my guess is you know b.t.o. visitation i don't know what comes in it will we don't have to search for many more on saturdays and sundays and it's cost effective not to real now that may and how we're doing all right which saves a lot of money and loan. maximum profit at any cost the sheriff will stop at nothing teacher the prisoners are put to work in here. you know they're getting about forty percent off what they're making but yet they're paying for their incarceration ok so it's a huge deal with those moneys like to see it do go back in the public say they go to law enforcement they go to our equipment or card salaries things of that nature so they're basically paying us to put them back in day. if they if they occur if they re a real failure. we stand also we should at least be poems here. just right back here so when did remodel. took all the walls out so you just go clear.
have yet to see the evidence of this however it appears more likely it was the democratic party. anyone an eagle that resists the american design is if ever just. maybe a terrorist it can be. a model that has been happening with i.b.m. and then the thought of buying and now the new us other one. when i'll go. get may know that my ass is this and that i'm going out to run what denzel get the us it would be theo i know there's no subtlety. i'm just.
the. yankees on this will throw. myself into it i must buy the hell out of the behind of the. interest on the c.d.'s that counts you don't need the militiaman got a deal. killer then i'm of into it is the food out of this not because of the this stuff but i mean. if you look and you. get to live it up with. these other most profitable inmates they are awaiting release to work outside the prison but they return at night service jobs manufacturing jobs or just it just depends on where they know where they need to be in the media is ok and once we have the jobs we take them to and they pay a percentage of their salaries for their state for their baby for their housing for
their transportation for their meals for all of that they go back to into the department to go into the chairs up so the. it's very profitable and that was a ok. these hundred eighty two million mason net profit us amount of million dollars a year ok profit and once everything's paid for everything. you can the sheriff doesn't want to lose out on this lucrative business. deserves a chance yeah nasa let you be sure you know stayed out there for ambition to get out there you know they. created an ad that. i can see later on.
many louisiana residents have been to prison. they are there for two and a half yes frank was in custody for a robbery he was involved in shooting anyone on the street even in front of their own house is under suspicion really really they all run the risk of being checked yeah and i go to watch our you know you know they don't get nobody. is talking about the police who patrol the area at walking pace. that look. at a coffee from video of people in the street. that would be seen at a cost is a lot of really your people in the street so yeah there were shooting new video. you got shot of mccartney. i was picked up. once and then laid all released
and was picked up again. from. i was here. toward abir and. i was there at the store and i didn't see nobody. came in the store always seeing with. my lawyer the. two distinctive features she said no so or so you lego or mark pointed on the puts it on the p.c. that he didn't see anything as we had ever made a full monsieur and he went to the store earlier. and then later. two and a half years later i was released. two and a half years in custody made the twenty six year old father of five writes rap songs. about life for louisiana prisoners. bring.
it conditionally were. showers dollar. to mush very cold showers. and all the whatever. you know. out there and there are so many innocent people because nobody paid attention. you know like. no voice would be going the earth to me is a chain of command you know stars which last for as long as it did take was. from there you know they all work together and i mean of if nobody from now saga come and see what's going on. to get away with. this or that. frank's is not an exceptional story.
louisiana was late to abolish slavery but african a matter. still had to fight for their rights. a cute guy the toll cute guy here. it was me and one nine hundred sixty three it was me. fifty four years ago. that was me. i was one of them who led to demonstrations and it was met by people who would guns in and all of the stuff that people had in the middle sixty's to stop african-american kids from their mistreating from seeking the afghan civil rights. after years of political activity calvin johnson became the first black judge in louisiana. he's often dealt with sheriff's.
words communes to to describe what i feel about that. but then you would have to cut those words out of this interview. because leave three in did the way to keep people in slavery was to use the justice system and they fix laws such that the newly freed people for misleads would be put back in jail and then be forced to go back on the plantations and work is not dead they are. a mean people a bad people or it's it's that they are as much a a for lack of a better word victim of the system as the people who are in the jails of victims of the system because we are a poor state and we have used all kinds of means
a ways to to fund the sales so the sheriff in those places or using that as a means to fund. this year. self and his and was needs to operate with he's using it for that purpose and the louisiana law the third time he did one of those things i just described you could go to jail for life. i would not do. that. but steve exemplifies the absurdity of the system in two thousand and seven he was arrested for driving under the influence in prison he learned that he was h. i v positive. you want to spend the money zero. zero zero zero zero because i was only inmate those want to
go to the hospital. they feel like i would then important. yet when i was almost dead they they sent me if they would say me the hospital sooner. then that. the infection. they would. would probably wouldn't even be in there my spinal fluid built up my spine or column got up from my brain cavity pushed my brain open was pushing forward on the trying to push my face. as i reminded it was about to pop out of sockets. optic nerve on the back side and permanently damaged. i was in the hospital in they tell me that i was a job the positive. told him i must have somebody else's records confused with. because i'm not a job he paused and they said yes you ought. to
do everything. no three zero zero zero and left and. only made me. steve returns to present but his treatments didn't begin until months later thanks to social workers like darren stanley no prisoners can hope for medical care as a source we're going to figure out how to get that medication since you know blister pack. they will do the medication in a blister pack. according to the sheriff's twenty four dollars per prisoner per day isn't enough to pay for hiv treatment louisiana was very odd compared to the other states it was very clear that we had a very big problem with our parish and city jails providing h.l.v. medication treatment to the inmates it was crystal clear you consider the calls of medication. i could imagine there's
a lot of aides are very proud of inmates they're not getting treatment. the old prison of new orleans is finally in the past it was one of the was in the united states. the new prisoner looks like an office building not even inside it's very different. than our idea of our condition high but things in need to slaughter a kid easy you know ma'am have you ever been exposed to. any venereal not sexually transmitted diseases on a time from our. health questionnaire is a brand new concept in louisiana prisons. the prison is proud of it but the procedure is still in its trial phase. it's not the sheriff but a prison splined who receives us. well the budget has changed it used to be based
on what we call a per d.m. meaning that we would receive a certain amount from the city which supplies our budgie or the state when we had stayed in maids of so many dollars per inmate. that system we no longer use we receive a budget just like many other agencies too and so we must operate within that budget to. take care of all of our operations here under the old system there was an incentive to have more inmates because the more you have the more money we get. outdated and inhumane. and unambiguous indictments of the state's other prisons. with its new system new orleans wants to set a positive example but where they create a president in us. state with established traditions independent parishes and old
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