Making Contact

Making Contact – Undue Influence: the Power of Police and Prison Guards’ Unions

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Police officers and prison guards hold tremendous political sway.  Their unions support or opposition can make or break a campaign for office.  And their advocacy for better pay, more power, and more jobs has been a major factor in the expansion of the prison industrial complex.  For decades, they’ve helped build America’s build America’s criminal justice system. Now that system is changing.  Can law enforcement unions change as well?

The program was produced with support from The Puffin Foundation.

Featuring:

Patrick Lynch, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President; Chuck Alexander, California Correctional Peace Officers Association Vice president; Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois; Jerry Brown, Governor of California; Dan Macallair, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice executive director; Darius Charney, Center for Constitutional Rights staff attorney; Rick Hilliard, Southern Illinois Central Labor Council business manager; Alex Friedmann, Prison Legal News Associate Editor; Leroy Gadsen, New York NAACP Legal Redress Committee Esq. Chair; Eric Adams, New York State Senator; Elizabeth Crowley, NYC City Council member and former Congressional candidate; Howard Wooldridge, Citizens Opposing Prohibition lobbyist; Carlton Berkeley, Retired NYPD Detective; Jonathan Simon, University of California at Berkeley Law Professor; Harriet Salarno, Crime Victims United president and founder; Kirk Dutton, AFSCME Local 31 Vice President.

For More Information:

Prison Legal News
https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/default.aspx

Private Corrections Working Group
http://privateci.org/

100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care
http://blacksnlaw.tripod.com/

Ramarley’s Call: The official Website to remember Ramarley Graham
http://ramarleyscall.org/

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
http://www.cjcj.org/

CCPOA California Correctional Peace Officers Association
www.ccpoa.org/

CCA- Corrections Corporation of America
http://www.cca.com/

The GEO Group
http://thegeogroupinc.com/

NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
http://www.nycpba.org

Crime Victims United
http://www.crimevictimsunited.com/

Center for Constitutional Rights
http://ccrjustice.org/

Citizens Opposing Prohibition
http://www.citizensopposingprohibition.org/

Jonathan Simon
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/author/jsimon/

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
http://www.leap.cc/

Southern Illinois Central Labor Council
http://il.aflcio.org/siclc/

NAACP New York State Conference
http://www.nysnaacp.org/

Ney York Police Department
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/home.shtml

Jerry Brown
http://www.jerrybrown.org/

Human Rights Defense Center
http://humanrightsdefensecenter.org/

Articles, Reports, Photos, Videos:

Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies
Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies.
http://www.justicepolicy.org/uploads/justicepolicy/documents/gaming_the_system.pdf

Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration
http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/banking-bondage-private-prisons-and-mass-incarceration

Unholy Alliance-How the private prison industry is corrupting our democracy
and promoting mass incarceration
http://publicampaign.org/reports/unholyalliance

Unionizing Prison Guards in an Age of Mass Incarceration by Brian Tierney
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/04/unionizing-prison-guards-in-an-age-of-mass-incarceration/

Correcting the Guards-Why the shaky relationship between organized labor
and correctional officers is doubly harmful to the American left.    By
Adam Doster
http://prospect.org/article/correcting-guards

Ex-Con Shareholder Goes After World’s Biggest Prison Corporation
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/05/ex-con-alex-friedmann-cca-private-prison-rape

Officials rally to fight prison closures in Illinois
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-ZUTlPZ6g

Marchers Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham
http://www.thenation.com/article/169104/marchers-demand-justice-ramarley-graham#