This piece is intended to be light hearted but still make a political point about something I genuinely struggle to understand – its a fine balance and you have my apologies if you feel I didn’t get the balance right. My american friends still might be better to avoid this one,,,,,
I’m an Englishman trying to understand this….
These states put an usually large part of their population in prison but their governors decline to take part in a program to prevent rape in Prisons – despite it costing them money not to do so?
“Seven states, all led by Republican governors, are defying a federal law aimed at cracking down on the nationwide epidemic of prison rape—and on Wednesday, the Obama administration started calling them out.
The law in question, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2003.
In 2012, after years of study by a bipartisan federal commission, President Barack Obama’s Justice Department finalized the law’s requirements, and gave states about two years to start trying to comply. Forty-three states did. But today, nearly two weeks after the May 15 deadline, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, and Florida are still not complying with the law—and several GOP governors say they’re ignoring the law on purpose.
So far, at least five Republican governors have notified the Justice Department that they aren’t going to try to meet the new prison-rape reduction rules. ”
Is it because the governors are trying to out ‘right wing’ each other and they see prison rape as part of it being a deterrent?
They would surely know by now that is doesn’t work in that way
“…found that those offenders that were sentenced to time in prison were far more likely to re-offend than those who weren’t. …immediate custodial sentences of imprisonment produced a higher likelihood of re-offending.”
What if they think the people who got them elected believe that is the case?
But many people wont be able to vote soon anyway
“Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls…. In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register.”
Maybe its because America is run by the rich now
A new political science study finds that majority-rule democracy exists only in theory in the United States — not so much in practice. The government caters to the affluent few and organized interest groups, the researchers find, while the average citizen’s influence on policy is “near zero.”
The Rich don’t go to prison no matter what they do
“Will top bankers’ behaviour ever land them in jail? Or are bad business decisions even a crime at all?
Five years on from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the debate over how to hold senior bank bosses to account for failures is far from over, but legal sanctions for top executives remain a largely remote threat.
Even as laws evolve – in Britain, the government wants to criminalise recklessness in banking – a repeat of the global financial crisis and near-collapses of 2008 would not necessarily result in many more prosecutions today, lawyers say.”
(Unless it is to defraud other Rich people)
and the Politicians need to keep the Rich People who pay for their elections campaigns happy?
I’m glad that I live in a country where state killing of criminals is seen as barbaric and unnecessary but I find it hard to think of living in a place that approves of Rape as a Judicial punishment.
I’m starting to understand but its still not making sense….!!