Chris Hedges: If You’re Poor, Justice in America Doesn’t Look the Same

We have NEVER had political rights! From the outset, our so-called ‘rights’ were granted us by the plutocrats/oligarchs who have always owned and operated the federal, state and local governments.

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Source: Chris Hedges: If You’re Poor, Justice in America Doesn’t Look the Same | Alternet

Being poor has become a crime. And this makes mass incarceration the most pressing civil rights issue of our era.

A jail cell, dark with sunlight on the floor. Secure prison.
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If you are poor, you will almost never go to trial—instead you will be forced to accept a plea deal offered by government prosecutors. If you are poor, the word of the police, who are not averse to fabricating or tampering with evidence, manipulating witnesses and planting guns or drugs, will be accepted in a courtroom as if it was the word of God. If you are poor, and especially if you are of color, almost anyone who can verify your innocence will have a police record of some kind and thereby…

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