“The prison industrial complex is a system situated at the intersection of government and private interests. It uses prisons as a solution to social, political and economic problems. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, slave labor, policing, courts, the media, political prisoners and the elimination of dissent.” (/Boondocks/)
When a quarter of the world’s prison population is put there by the U.S., how can we wag a moral finger about human rights anywhere else?
For a look at who’s imprisoned (hint: it’s not wealthy bankers), check out Matt Taibbi’s new book: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/15/who_goes_to_jail_matt_taibbi