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?
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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
Private Corrections Working Group
100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care
Ramarley’s Call: The official Website to remember Ramarley Graham
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
CCPOA California Correctional Peace Officers Association
CCA- Corrections Corporation of America
The GEO Group
NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
Crime Victims United
Center for Constitutional Rights
Citizens Opposing Prohibition
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Southern Illinois Central Labor Council
NAACP New York State Conference
Ney York Police Department
Human Rights Defense Center
Articles, Reports, Photos, Videos:
Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies
Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies.
Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration
Unholy Alliance-How the private prison industry is corrupting our democracy
and promoting mass incarceration
Unionizing Prison Guards in an Age of Mass Incarceration by Brian Tierney
Correcting the Guards-Why the shaky relationship between organized labor
and correctional officers is doubly harmful to the American left. By
Ex-Con Shareholder Goes After World’s Biggest Prison Corporation
Officials rally to fight prison closures in Illinois
Marchers Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham