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thank you for new to the game this is how it works now the economy is built around corporations corporations run washington washington controls the media the media over voters elected the businessman to run this country business equals power boom bust it's not business as usual it's business like it's never been done before . 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. was about. you know again. i'll come go pay a bag. he's looking for witnesses. he was born here everyone knows him a. former soldier decries tree arrests in a city where no one talks without him would be lost talking to residents would be impossible especially with a camera crew going in the woods called the woods this is where most of the hang out right now but this deceived this is where they all be hanging out. to see the error. then you get most the target african-american.
with them business owner. to not. only the same but 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. just arrest them for not doing them their resume pg. they don't. always agree. as it is a bill that's what they want. they don't give a damn if you did the ga not. low enough you can beat a good beating there's
a. good line of. god to a. car with no. one to two thousand. and. eight. just the courthouse. status. people leaders from saying then your parish. to parish 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. twice as high as the us average ten times. which makes it a world record. of the sixty. imprisoned. or elected by fervent supporters. any explanation to anyone. for every prisoner the state pays twenty four dollars a day. the sheriff used that money as they see fit. we leave plats to meet one of these powerful men next stop the forced parish one hundred thousand residents in cajun country. illegal 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 for us it's ok and how many you have left the process just two more are there warrants or arrest arrests. and so person comes here and the booking officer takes over that points to start booking anyone this morning. does get a minute. ok. step out for me question back on this want to go. down is out. and i'll visit lasted for two hours and in that time twelve people but incarcerated every cell is occupied it take out one hour. 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 walking a perimeter next. to the system as one. twisted detail funding is based on occupation. the sheriff's compete to collect the most state every prisoner means cash. the uniqueness of the sheriff in the louisiana is that we are a separate constitutional unit of local government we are autonomy us from the state and we're 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. could be. up to twenty years of patrol duty and was she to perish he knows the district well. you know some days we
only rest but some days will return or toil you know just don't arceo. you know it just becomes a go 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're talking about are going to jail. asked by the most other wrist a person must say oh we gave them a lawful order to. disperse. they wouldn't aspires and we just started arresting people and finally everybody took off the way. 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 the only way that you because
somebody so you can do it they go and think that. they're what they call a snitch. talked to him and people out. in them when you come in here we use we bring several officers that were coming to work so the. first better crowd reported or here's this a lot of disturbances. people. years with drug related they are going over the droves. 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 around 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 who likes to fifty in each one. and they do have a. brief race and then put it back to the south they don't go anywhere and there they're here twenty four seventh's of the. jay russell has just begun his second term as sheriff he knows prison regulations well he wrote them in his absence only one person can make decisions prison warden pat johnson. and usually there's someone out here with their guy but if not he can sit right here and he can watch the whole. all for. when there's
all cameras and you know him so 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 privity. 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 like i said 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 realize how 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 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 monies luchesi 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 and. if they if they occur if they re a real failure. the poems are here. to free but they're still wanted to remodel through all the walls out so you just go clear. i'm going to say. that the sheriff maintains a relationship with every prisoner. you give back for. our family to the family no. twenty eight days twenty year.
twenty. three to get home. 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 units across the country and they became the land owning the 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.
who put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president and you. want. to going to be pros this is what before three in the morning can't be good. i'm interested in the waters in the . first. thousand and eight economic crisis turns some countries into pigs these are the countries with we carry colonies that needed austerity policies if you are in a situation of low gloat even the recession austerity is a very bad idea it doesn't work and it makes millions of people very unhappy those who are unemployed see their wages decline almost a decade how good are the results then you joined the circle by the people gathered
in which the wider world get people to see what i. believe will be she. was i mean to for legal. challenge. i think they see something and not get it. while the same mission is still in place who one of the consequences is to weaken blue bird flu this movie will first be one of the suits the truth be considered is the consequences are actually quite acceptable to the decision maker. and these are the most profitable inmates there are awaiting release to work outside the prison but they return for manufacturing jobs or just it just depends on where they where they need to be in the media is ok and once we have built jobs
we take them to a higher percentage of their salaries for their stay for their baby further housing for their transportation for their meals for all of them to go back into the park to go into the chair so so it's very profitable and that was ok. these hundred eighty two million mason net profit us about a 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 business lucrative. deserves a chance yeah nasa let you be sure you know stayed out there for ambition to get out there you know what a. crazy man and then. i can see later on. many
louisiana residents have been to prison. all day all day for two and a half yes frank was in custody for a robbery he was involved in. any one 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 they go to want to. you know feel good nobody. is talking about the police who patrol the area at walking pace. that love. to call fifteen models video of people in the street. that would be say it at a cost is a lot of video of people in the street so yes there were shooting new video. that you got shot of my god. i was picked up. once then laid all released
and was picked up again and from there i was here for a tour of the year and i. was there at the store and i didn't see none. came in the store always thing with. my lawyer. did he mention anything about ted to distinctive features he said no. so you. leggo. mark good point on the pits and i know. that he didn't see it. as we had if a major for most yeah he went to the store earlier. and then later. told i have years later i was released. through. 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. too much very cold showers. you know. they were there are so many innocent people because nobody paid attention. you know like. no you know voice would be going. to me as a chain of command you know worst boss who was the last foursome is it did take was . from there you know they all work together and i mean of if nobody could come in and see was going on. to get away with.
this or that. frank's is not an exceptional story. louisiana was late to abolish slavery but african-americans still had to fight for their rights. a cute guy the toll cute guy here. with me in one nine hundred sixty three that was me. fifty. years ago. that was me. i was one of them who led to demonstrations and it was met by people who would guns him and all of the stuff that people had in the middle sixty's to stop african-american kids from demonstrating from seeking to have their 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 lavery had indeed the way to keep people in slavery was to use the justice system and they fixed laws such that the newly freed people formalised things 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 always to to fund the sales so the sheriff in those places or using that as a means to fund. the sheriff's self and his was he 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. 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 won 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 sell my. would probably wouldn't even be in there my spinal fluid build up my spine or calm got out the membrane kavi pushed my brain up and was pushing forward on the trying to push it through my face. as i reminded it was about to pop out of sockets. optic nerve on the back side as i'm permanently damaged. i was in the hospital in they tell me that i was a job very positive. told him i must have somebody else's records confused with mine because i'm not positive and they said yes you are.
in your debt for. nothing come on laugh and. so on when. steve returns to prison but his treatments didn't begin until months later thanks to social workers like darren stanley prisoners can hope for medical care as a social worker to figure out how to get that medication since you know blister pack. and so they they will do a chevy 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 culture
of medication i could imagine there's a lot of h.l.v. piles of inmates there are 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. even inside it's very different. barrel i did a lot of heart condition hypertension leading to sort of a kidney disease you know ma'am every have been exposed to. any venereal transmitted disease and. come out. 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 spokesman who receives us. well the budget has changed it used to be based on what we called a per d.m. meaning that we would receive a certain amount from the city which supplies our budgie for 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. it to. take care of all of our operations here under the osis two there was an incentive to have more inmates because the more you have the more money get. outdated and inhumane. and an ambiguous indictment of the state's other prisons. with its new system new orleans wants to set a positive example but with a creative president in
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