This is an archive of the former website of the Maoist Internationalist Movement, which was run by the now defunct Maoist Internationalist Party - Amerika. The MIM now consists of many independent cells, many of which have their own indendendent organs both online and off. MIM(Prisons) serves these documents as a service to and reference for the anti-imperialist movement worldwide.
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"MIMers, you are lucky to live in a free country."

See also,
*Update on imprisonment rate 2004
*BBC update 2003: again, we at MIM told you so
*Reuters admits the U$A has highest imprisonment rate in the world 2001
*BBC says: United States has highest imprisonment rate in the world, England the highest rate in the European Union
*Buy MIM's magazine on the Amerikan prison system
*See MIM's web page on prison conditions
*How do you define "freedom" anyway?
*OK, I won't say "it's a free country" again, but I meant it's a good thing you're not censored.
*"But, but, but, but. . ."

The facts about imprisonment in the United $tates are that the United
$tates has been the world's leading prison-state per capita for the last
25 years, with a brief exception during Boris Yeltsin's declaration of a
state of emergency.(1) That means that while Reagan was talking about a
Soviet "evil empire" he was the head of a state that imprisoned more
people per capita. In supposedly "hard-line" Bulgaria of the Soviet bloc
of the 1980s, the imprisonment rate was less than half that of the United

 To find a comparison with U.$. imprisonment of Black people, there is no
statistic in any country that compares including apartheid South Africa of
the era before Mandela was president. The last situation remotely
comparable to the situation today was under Stalin during war time.

The majority of prisoners are non-violent offenders(4) and the U.S. Government
now holds about a half million more prisoners than China; even though China
is four times our population.(5)

The rednecks tell MIM that we live in a "free country." They live in an
Orwellian 1984 situation where freedom is imprisonment.



1. Marc Mauer, "Americans Behind Bars: The International Use of
Incarceration 1993," The Prison Sentencing Project, 918 F. St. NW,
Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 628-0871 Reference: SRI: R8965-2,

 2. Ibid., 1992 report.

 3. United Nations Development Programme, "Human Development Report 1994,:"
Oxford University Press, p. 186.

 4. Figure of 51.2 percent for state prisoners there for non-violent
offenses. Abstract of the United States 1993, p. 211. In 2000, 1.5% of U.$. male
convicts had rape convictions, the second highest percentage reported by 30 countries
reporting statistics,

5. Atlantic Monthly December, 1998.

Reuters admits the U$A has highest imprisonment rate in the world 2001
How do you define "freedom" anyway?

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