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Sandra Steingraber: Why I Am in Jail

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Sandra Steingraber, jail, law, probation, activism, energy, fracking, corruption )

- 1585 days ago -
Half the women in my cell block are here for probation violation. One thing they all agree on: It's almost impossible to be a single mother in search of housing and a job, both of which require mobility, and comply with probation rules, which restrict...


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Past Member (0)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 8:14 am
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Freya H (345)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 8:23 am
And what are the children going through? Having survived a rough childhood - I am a high-functioning autistic - I am all too aware of just how vicious school-age kids can be. Is the six-year-old a pariah because Mom is behind bars? And what about their foster mother - is she indeed caring? I have heard a thick book's worth of horror stories about foster "care."

Imprisoned under such harsh conditions merely for a parole violation? Makes me wonder if she is in one of those states that was snookered into privatizing its prisons, and now must keep all its big houses full to the brim or pay heinously heavy fines. And what kind of opportunities await those women once they are free? Our liquid-helium-cold society has declared war on single moms, the homeless, the poor - all the most vulnerable citizens of our (formerly great?) country.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 9:34 am
And if you read the comments on any Care2 Causes article on prison conditions, you will learn that the vast majority of Care2 members are convinced that prisoners have NO rights at all. Regardless of why they are in prison. Or jail. There is a difference, but few care. We need more articles like this - and unfortunately there are plenty of stories. It's not rare at all.

Incidentally, in my home county jail, she would not be allowed a pencil. She might hurt herself or someone else with it. She would have to make do with a soft, blunt felt pen. That may not even be unreasonable - someone, or several someones, probably have hurt themselves or others with pencils or ball point pens, leading to the regulation.

. (0)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 10:03 am
Investor/state disputes are the forerunner and foundation of nightmares such as the TPP, ATPA et al.
It is a dispute in which the investor's rights are covered under the trade agreements contrary to environmental protection or any who care to take civil or legal action against the investor. The TPP would not only strengthen this but enable the courts and the officials to make harsh examples of groups like Seneca Lake the order of the day and more. They could bankrupt them through legal proceedings for example or through lengthy incarceration and heavy fines. We are just a bunch of meat suits standing in the way of what these corporate viruses consider profit by any means in the name of progress. Fracking and oil drilling benefits no one except the large energy firms; foreign nationals and their banks.

federico bortoletto (44)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 1:59 pm

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 2:12 pm
You're in jail because it seems the officials are as anxious to fill their jail space
as hotels are to fill their "lotsa money" vacation space.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 2:21 pm

Richelle R (62)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 3:28 pm
Wow...these women are being punished for harmless "crimes" while the big corporations are allowed to get away with horrendous activities.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 6:29 pm
A pumpkin? Texas?! I suppose writing to Rick Perry on her behalf wouldn't do any good.
Thank you Nancy

Kathleen M (210)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 6:49 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Nancy. Am too upset and revolted to comment further, except to write: @&#%*!!!

Edith B (146)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 9:18 pm
I wish I were brave enough to risk jail time for a cause I espoused. The sentencing over a stolen pumpkin was ridiculous. I also read a link on the article about the Sioux who are protesting the pipeline on their land. How can our government still be ignoring treaties made to the Sioux? Thanks, Nancy.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 6:23 am
Oh do tell us about that science John. How about the lake the is full of salt. Is that also faulty science? Fish who need salt water to live can't survive in salty water and anyone that depended upon those fish for a living are now to do what? Close up business, be grateful the Corporations drove their business of feeding, sheltering the fresh water fishing people out.

I commend her and others who put their lives on the line in order to save the rest of us from our backyards being destroyed and even worse adding to Climate Disruption. Unfortunately Michael you are all too correct in what you write......this is going to get ugly and harder for most of us I'm afraid when these TPP agreements do take affect....if you understand the damage NAFTA has done......these new agreements are more of the same and worse.

Good article Freya, this one I'll add to my next list of sending around.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 6:24 am
Sorry, good article Nancy.....had Freya's great statement in my mind still.....Joanne, great input as well. Too true.

Nikki B (129)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 5:33 pm
Noted. Thanks Nancy.
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