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@anthracite wait, TEN PERCENT of Florida has been convicted of a felony???

@celesteh

Slavery never died, it just changed tactics.

@anthracite Still, I found this statistic to be difficult to believe, so I looked it up and the number is actually fourteen percent.  ..... I can't even....

@celesteh

Does that count people currently in prison? Because I could totally see "4% of Florida's population is in prison". YAY THE SOUTH ugh. And here I am giving serious thought to moving back to NOLA.

@anthracite I'm sorry, I don't look up the breakdown that specifically because I was already completely horrified. The knock on effects pertaining to future housing, employment and migration (ie, getting the hell out of the prison capital of the planet) are tremendous. This would follow people around for the rest of their lives.....

My friend does walking tours in Amsterdam and I went a long one time I was there. The Netherlands policy on criminalisation is that there has to be a compelling state interest. So the police generally don't make arrests unless somebody else is being harmed in some way. (Obviously, there are MASSIVE exceptions to this.)  Their prison population has declined to the point that the guards were starting to outnumber the prisoners.  As the guide was explaining this, a woman from New York started to get extremely emotional. All the suffering we inflict on people and their families and communities is FOR NOTHING. It's for unpaid fines. For white supremacy.

@celesteh

I know how that goes, there have been more than a few well-researched articles I stopped reading midway through because I was just completely full of horror and couldn't stand any more.