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Jury Nullification | 05 Aug 2013

-Jury Nullification Can Help Push Back Against the Prison Industry

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By Tanankyo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Tanankyo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Prisoners in California are in their third week of mass hunger strikes in opposition to abusive treatment such as torturous solitary confinement for years on end based solely on allegations of gang affiliation, race-based group punishments based on the behavior of a single individual, etc. Nathan Goodman advocates jury nullification as core tactic pushing back against the growing prison industry, noting its growth fueled in part by the forced labor a large prison population can provide corporations.

Prison abolition is a moral imperative and practical

The Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as “Angola,” was converted from a slave plantation to a prison and is still used for forced agricultural labor. Sweatshop conditions exist in prisons across the country.

Companies like Walmart, AT&T and Starbucks all profit from this slave labor. So do war profiteers like BAE, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

The racism of slavery persists; 60 percent of prisoners are people of color.

Resist the prison growth industry. Organize against construction of any new prisons, jails and detention centers. Divest from banks that profit off prisons, such as Wells Fargo, and urge others to do the same. Expose prison profiteers like Jane Marquardt and undermine their political influence.

Film cops, finance legal defenses and promote jury nullification, so fewer people are sent to prison.

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