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Truth about “Law and Order” in the USA in One Picture

As many of you know, I see “law and order” in the USA as a profitable scam for the few at massive costs to society. My explanations about this issue are however often too long for some readers. So let me use a picture and its caption to illustrate my point. Taken from this webpage found via an article on NPR.

The photo shown below is part of a series taken by Richard Ross at richardross.net

12 year old in jail for fighting at school

I’ve been here a week – I have one more week to go. I’m here for a violation (probation) I was put here originally on battery charges (a fight with another boy). When Youth Services (Douglas County ) were called to take me I didn’t want to get in the car, so I didn’t put on my seat belt – that gave me another violation.

I got into a fight with a kid because this kid was calling my mother names. I was also charged with criminal damage for beating up a car. I was beaten up by my step dad when I was little. My mom doesn’t work. We live with my biological grandfather on my dad’s side. We pay rent in order to stay with him. I’ve got two brothers and one sister, they are 7, 8, and 9. My step mom has been with my dad for five years. I’ve been SANCTIONED here for two weeks. I can’t leave earlier. I went to day school (next door—for kids thrown out of regular school situations), got into a fight in regular school, went to day school next door for eight months, transitioned back to regular school, and got in a fight within 3 days. So the long story short: I didn’t do my schoolwork, then seat belt stuff. I said, ‘NO.’ I didn’t want to come back here. But here I am.

- N.T, age 12

On the bright side- the people responsible for arresting, processing and housing this boy in prison are making a nice living. It is one of the few industries with growth potential left in the USA.

Isn’t this synergy of Capitalism, Fascism and Calvinism what truly defines the USA.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Matt Strictland
    February 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Another bright side, that kid will never have any loyalty or positive feelings to the existing system and neither will any of his children.

    The more the state squeezes the worse it will be for them in the long run (long here being a few decades at most)

  2. Days of Broken Arrows
    February 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

    The capitalist system at its finest.

  3. Country Lawyer
    February 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    That’s not capitalism, that’s a product of socialism/facism.

    People run around and demand the government fix and intervene in every aspect of life and “protect us” and the government is incompetent. It uses force or throwing money to fix problems, that’s its only solutions.

    • cynical youth
      February 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Please, what happened to this kid is much deeper than about socialism or capitalism, its about punishing a non-conforming lesser male. The primordial human desire to inflict punishment on unsanctioned male behavior (whether justified or not) will ALWAYS trumph idealogical purity.

      If anything, its American conservatives (staunch “capitalists”) who demand stronger punishments, less rehabilitation, more “tough on crime policies, and feul the prison-industrial complex as opposed to SWPL liberal whites.

  4. February 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi,
    Can you please give photo credit Richard Ross?
    Thank you for sharing our work.

    Katy McCarthy
    Juvenile-in-Justice.com

    Sure, will so in a few minutes.

    Any particular format other than name and personal link?

  5. Kaz
    February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Man how do they get money to jail 12 yr old boys but not the violent gang bangers terrorizing society..

    • P Ray
      February 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Violent gang bangers terrorizing society receive their money without the hand of government taking a share of their pie.
      So ordinary people are subsidising the incarceration of the children.
      They’re way easier to handle than the violent gang bangers.
      Laziness is a virtue, when it makes more money for a corporation.

  6. Hahah
    February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Joke: “What are the two funniest words in the english language?”

    Officer down.

  7. Conquistador
    February 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

    “If anything, its American conservatives (staunch “capitalists”) who demand stronger punishments, less rehabilitation, more “tough on crime policies, and feul the prison-industrial complex as opposed to SWPL liberal whites.” – cynical youth

    SWPL don’t live anywhere near the consequences of their idiotic politics. When you embrace “diversity” and cultural Marxism you need a massive police state to keep everything functional and intact. Tough on crime and the militarization of law enforcement was necessary and has resulted in some of lowest crime rates on record. Treating the symptoms won’t fix the problem. Social breakdown enabled by feminism and matriarchy is the root cause. Even the boy featured in the story appears to have no biological father and his mother probably thinks her rotating boyfriends can be an adequate substitute.

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