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and it gains from it equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart. just to look for common ground. most people think just stand out in this business you need to be the first one on top of the story or the person with the loudest voice of the biggest street in truth to stand down lose business you just need as the right questions and demand the right answer. questions. under margaret thatcher there was a transition away from public housing and government assisted government underwritten public housing and they sold off all the council estates as there are
now people bought into the units across the country and they became the land owning the new land owning neoliberal gentrification under the current government in the u.k. it's another socialist scheme of government underwriting property but not for their poor people they do it for the rich people. feel plot three hundred kilometers from new orleans far away from tourists jazz and muddy grew up the small town is the gateway to state prisons in a city of seven thousand seven hundred tourists in two years very large number of federal authorities investigate through this oh no john came back. some.
close up but. no good. pay a bad idea. he's looking for witnesses. he was born here everyone knows him a. former soldier also decries arbitrary arrests in a city where no one talks without him would be lost talking to residents would be impossible especially with a camera reborn in the wood called the woods. to hang out with not out red not with this lead on deceived this is where they all be hanging out. to see. the error. that you. put on business only on
a whole lot and. i will say i am but as log out of the old man you are not as i got to know. the people there really is a fake us man like i'm john. many overlaying silence fair of reprisals. they don't they don't. they disapprove how the cops. arrest them for not then in their resume pick them up fault they charge with all kind of charge and. they don't want to do it no communication you know is always aggressive. never told they didn't. do this and you will dress and try to search you go you know. this very well they won't have bill money any one of their money as it is about when the bottle bill bissett they won't do that at the moment they don't give a damn if you did the chores are not going to lock you up and lets you below it if you can beat a good beating. there's
a good line of advice i'm not going to and i have. had a good car with no. two thousand ford and i'm not a. terrorist just read to. course read it's just the courthouse on the shelf and downstairs to d.s.l. status i know some people to save leaders from saying man your parish days they come and t. vand your parish like coming back in time because they have jim crow mentality. we all had a jim. the african american is less of a man especially the male is less of a man. if he wants to change that. the federal investigation is the first step.
but eventually in prison declines all interview requests. the sheriff isn't interested in on something and he questions. the louisiana incarceration rate is twice as high as the u.s. average and ten times higher than germany which makes it a world record. of the sixty four sheriffs manages his own prison. they are elected by fervent supporters. they don't owe any explanation to anyone. for every prisoner the state pays twenty four dollars a day. the sheriff used that money as they see fit. we leave to meet one of these powerful men next stop the forced parish one hundred thousand residents in cajun country. illegal good work this morning the sheriff's asking about any new comers. and we have no one the
process this morning right how many have you process so far. it's ok and how many have left the process just two more are they warrants or arrests or it's difficult and so person comes here and the booking officer takes over that points ten a start booking anyone small it. does get a minute. ok. step off for me question back on this want to go. into i'll visit lasted for two hours and in that time twelve people were incarcerated. every cell is occupied and hey how are. you. every day our jail is beyond full we have a capacity of two hundred forty three beds that we can house here in this facility
and at any given day we have between seventy five and one hundred twenty five inmates that are in other jails across the state of louisiana. i'm sure we don't want her around town. it's in the catwalk or corridor in the old analogy only when a correctional officer has an accident it was in more than a perimeter next. to the system has one twisted detail funding is based on occupation. the sheriff's compete to collect the most state every prisoner means cash. the uniqueness of the sheriff in the easy and it is that we are a separate constitutional unit of local government we are a ton of most from the state and we're autonomy from other branches of government we have our own budget we are able to raise our own funds weekend by
police purchased property we can keep self generated revenue the next biggest area our responsibilities of running the jail the greatest job in the world it's as close to being a king as any job that there is that's elected i love it so much of a dinner for twenty five years. it's the best job in the world but it requires the sheriff to constantly find new clients. it was stored here with a bigger targets was warning or through force. alan evans expertise in a resting multiple people. thank you. after twenty years of patrol duty and when she took parish he knows the district well. fortunately. you know some days
we only rest for five some days we'll raise tuner poil you know just on our she'll . you know just he comes and goes when the weather gets better like being with us bertie and sunny outside usually going to rest more people. i think it was fourteen people right up here in this intersection i rolled out to move the street fighting one on the way round them all up we took into the title jail. passed by the most other risk department must say oh we gave them a lawful order to. disperse and they wouldn't aspires and we just started arresting people and finally everybody took off and lay off. and we ended up with fourteen of . alan sets a personal arrest record a council housing area where rent is low. low these folks down here they won't. they won't tell you the only way that you because somebody so you can do it they
don't think that. they're what they call us needs. to him and rent people out. in them when you come in here we use we bring several officers and we're coming to work something. first better crime reported or here's this a lot of disturbances. people. years with drug related they are going over that drove. the suspects and then taken to which it's a prison. and. they were here. and when they get there they're rented to the sheriff's. ya want to go make a tour go see what it's like round and sail the oil don't warms i guess is who it ok you are it. and it will show you around
a bit. one thousand one hundred fifty prisoners are living in very basic conditions this is the way all over set up here you know it's all a whole like fifty in each one. and they do have a. great name but back to the south beach don't go anywhere near there they're here twenty four seventh's. j. russell has just begun his second term as sheriff he knows prison regulations well he wrote them in his absence only one person can make decisions prison warden pat johnson. and usually there's someone out here with that guy but if not he can sit right here and he can watch the whole. all for. when there's all
cameras and you know him so he's got to get out he he knows what's going on at all times just from sitting here. there are many cameras and only one god monitoring two hundred prisoners. beds and laid out closely there is no privity. want to remand prisoners sleep beside convicted felons. russell is full of ideas about how to reduce costs. where people would go visit him between glass top all these you know but over time technology has taken over that now we just do it on like i said you know b.t.o. visitation i don't know what comes in it will we don't have to search for me more on saturday the son. it's cost effective not to hail that may and how we're doing all right which saves a lot of money and loan. maximum profit at any cost the sheriff will stop at
nothing teacher the prisoners are put to work in here. you know they're getting about forty percent off what they're making but yet they're paying for their incarceration ok so it's a huge deal with those monies like i said do go back in the public say they go to law enforcement they go to our whitman or card salaries things of that nature so they're basically paying us to put them back in debt because if they if they occur if they re a real thing at. least at all so we should at least be poems here. just play by ear so when did the remodel took all the walls out so you just got one clear little. i'm going to pay. the sheriff maintains a relationship with every prisoner. no more you head back or no officer our family is a family i know this for twenty eight days and twenty years i have been locked up
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be in the media is ok and once we have. we take them to a higher percentage of their salaries for the state for their baby further. for their transportation for their meals. they go back to into the park to the church so it's very profitable and that was ok. these hundred eighty two. million dollars a year. profit and wants everything to pay for everything. you can to share it. doesn't want to lose out on this lucrative business. deserves a chance yeah i'll say rich nasa let you be sure you know so i don't ever ambition to go down there you know what a. crazy man and then. i can be like. many
louisiana residents who've been to prison. all day all day for two and a half yes frank was in custody for a robbery he was involved in a shooting anyone on the street even in front of their own house is under suspicion really really they all run the risk of being checked yeah and they go to want to. you know feel good nobody. is talking about the police who patrol the area at walking pace. that know. it at fifteen models video of people in the street.
that would be seen at a cost is a lot of video of people in the street so yes there were shooting new video. that you got shot of my god. i was picked up. once then laid all released and was picked up again and from there i was here for a tour of the year and i. was there at the store and i didn't see none. came a list or all these thing with. my lawyer. did he mention anything about ted to distinctive features. so or so you're lego. mark pointed out that puts it on the p.c. that he didn't see anything. we had ever maser for monsieur and he went to the store earlier today. and then later. told i have years later i was
released. two and a half years in custody made the twenty six year old father of five writes rap songs. about life for louisiana prisoners. bring. it conditionally were. showers dollar. too much very cold showers. you know. they were there are so many innocent people because nobody paid attention. you know like. no voice would be going over. to me as a chain of command you know us dollars which were lost for us and as it did take was. from there you know they all work together and i mean
of of nobody could come in and see was going on. to get away with. this or that. frank's is not an exceptional story. louisiana was late to abolish slavery but african-americans still had to fight for their rights. a cute guy the toll cute guy here. with me in one nine hundred sixty three that was me. fifty. years ago. well personally. i was one of them who led to demonstrations and it was met by people who would guns him and all of the stuff that people had in the middle sixty's to stop african-american kids from demonstrating from seeking to have their civil rights. after years of political activity calvin johnson became the first
black judge in louisiana. he's often dealt with sheriff's. words communes to to describe what i feel about that. but then you would have to cut those words out of this interview. because lavery had indeed the way to keep people in slavery was to use the justice system and they fix laws such that the newly freed people for misleads would be put back in jail and then be forced to go back on the plantations and work is not dead they are. a mean people a bad people or it's it's that they are as much a a for lack of a better word victim of the system as the people who are in the jails of
victims of the system because we are a poor state and we have used all kinds of means a ways to to fund ourselves so the sheriff in those places or using that as a means to fund. the sheriff's self and his was he needs to operate with he's using it for that purpose and the louisiana law the third time he did one of those things i just described you could go. in jail for life. i would not do. that. steve exemplifies the absurdity of the system in two thousand and seven he was arrested for driving under the influence in prison he learned that he was h. i.v. positive. you want to spend
the money zero. zero zero zero zero because i was only inmate those want to go to the hospital. they feel like i won then important. yet when i was almost dead they they sent me if they would say me the hospital sooner. then that. the infection. they would sell my hair would probably wouldn't even be in there my spinal fluid build up my spine or calm got out the membrane kavi pushed my brain up and was pushing forward on the trying to push it through my face. as i reminded it was about to pop out of sockets. optic nerve on the back side as i'm permanently damaged. it was in the hospital in they tell me that i was a job the positive. told him i must have somebody else's records confused with
mine because i'm not positive and they said yes you are. i'm. here. for you there's. no three. on left and i don't need me and. steve returns to prison but his treatments didn't begin until months later thanks to social workers like darren stanley those prisoners can hope for medical care as a source we're going to figure out how to get that medication. since you and a blister pack. who say they will do a chevy medication in a blister pack. according to the sheriff's twenty four dollars per prisoner per day isn't enough to pay for hiv treatment louisiana was very odd compared to the other states it was very clear that we had
a very big problem with our parish and city jails providing h.l.v. medication treatment to the inmates it was crystal clear you consider the cult of medication i could imagine there's a lot of h.l.v. piles of inmates there are not getting treatment. the old prison of new orleans is finally in the past it was one of the was in the united states. the new prisoner looks like an office building you know even inside it's very different. there i did a lot of heart condition hypertension leading to sort of my kidney disease you know ma'am have you have been exposed to. any venereal transmitted diseases on any time the amount. health questionnaire is a brand new concept in louisiana prisons. the prison is proud of it but the
procedure is still in its trial phase. it's not the sheriff but a prison spokesman who receives us. well the budget has changed it used to be based on what we call a per d.m. meaning that we would receive a certain amount from the city which supplies our budgie or the state when we had stayed in maids of so many dollars per inmate. that system we no longer use we receive a budget just like many other agencies to. and so we must operate within that budget to. take care of all of our operations here under the osis to there was an incentive to have more inmates because the more you have the more money you get. outdated and inhumane.
and unambiguous indictments of the state's other prisons. with its new system new orleans wants to set a positive example but with a creative president in a state with established traditions independent parishes and old awful sheriffs. for over a year we have heard nonstop but somehow in some way trump world colluded with russia to win the presidential election so we have yet to see the evidence of this however it appears more likely it was the democratic party they did the colluding. under margaret thatcher there was a transition away from public housing and government assisted government underwritten public housing and they sold off all the council estates as they're
known people bought into the units across the country and they became the land owning the land owning neoliberal gentrification under the current government in the u.k. it's another socialist scheme of government underwriting property but not for the poor people they do it for the rich people. but overall. they. give me no it's this sunday i'm not to run then shal. be theo i. just i'm just.
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