JOANNE FARYON (Host): Hello everyone. Welcome to this Envision
special, “Life in Prison.” About one in five of all inmates in
California are serving life sentences. Combined, they could potentially cost
taxpayers in this state $140 billion over the course of their sentences. Lifers are getting more expensive because
they’re aging in prison and rarely paroled. It’s all adding up to record
health care costs for inmates. Tonight, we explore the cost of
California’s tough on crime legislation. It’s lead to so much overcrowding in state
prisons the federal courts have stepped in. You’ll meet some lifers –
men who were sent to prison when Lyndon B. Johnson was
president and they’re still there. This is not a report on whether they
should be paroled – it is an examination of how much it costs to lock
people up and rarely let them out. Especially when locking them up means
you’re responsible for their healthcare. At first glance this could
look like a nursing home. The wheelchairs and walkers
have a way of fooling you. This is the California Medical
Facility, one of California’s 33 prisons. CMF operates the largest prison hospital. It is where many of the states old,
sick and dying inmates will end up. And these days, those old and sick
inmates are growing in number. California faces a problem that touches
nearly every aspect of society – from our economy to our safety to our
health – one that forces us to take sides between punishment and redemption. We have too many men and women in our prisons. The statistics say so and so
did a federal court in 2002. There are 170,000 inmates in
prisons that were built for 100,000. One in five serving life sentences. TERRY CAMPBELL (Inmate):
My name is Terry Campbell. I’m in prison for murder, first-degree
murder, and I’ve been in prison for 44 years. GLENDA VIRGIL (Inmate): “My name is Glenda
Virgil, and I’m serving a 15 to life sentence. I’ve been here 23 years. FARYON: And how old are you? VIRGIL: And I’m 63 years old. RICHARD LAURENZANO (Inmate): Being 62 in
prison is a struggle, it’s a struggle. First of all the reflection of losing 27
years of your life but you get sicker. FARYON: Richard Lauranzano
represents the fastest growing segment of the inmate population: men over 50. He’s also among the most expensive. He’s been sick and has been treated at
hospitals outside the prison system. LAURENZANO: I had cancer
about four years ago, stage 4. The prison system saved my life. They sent me to outside hospitals they never
hesitated FARYON: Glenda Virgil has had surgery. VIRGIL: I’ve had major back surgery. I was in the hospital with two guards
24 hours a day for 11 days FARYON: Terry Campbell has had seven operations. CAMPBELL: My back. My shoulders because I broke bones
in both my back and shoulders. My hand, twice. CLARK KELSO: We’re dealing with a corrections
population that is aging in prison. . FARYON: Clark Kelso is in charge of
health care in California’s prisons. KELSO: So we’ve seen explosion in cardiovascular
problems, an explosion in diabetes, we have the results of hep c, there was
sort of an explosion of it in the 80; s we’re seeing the results of that now. We have a lot of inmates who
have very serious liver disease because of an abuse of drugs and alcohol. But they’re all at the age now where you have
those issues plus other chronic conditions which simply require a different type of care”
FARYON: A federal judge made Kelso a receiver and put him in charge when a court ruled
inmates did not have access to health care and mental health services because
California’s prisons were so over crowded. The court ruled lack of health care
was cruel and unusual punishment and violated inmates’ constitutional rights. A panel of federal judges has since
ordered California to come up with a plan to reduce its prison population
by 40,000 inmates. Both decisions forced the state to confront its
overcrowding problem and challenged the public to contemplate the health care
debate in a whole new way. If we as a country can’t decide whether
health care is a right for all free citizens – why is it so easily determined as
a right for convicted criminals? It’s a question Clark Kelso
has been asked many times. KELSO: The technical legal answer
is there’s a huge difference between government’s responsibility
to you a citizen, a free citizen, and government’s responsibility to
someone that government is incarcerating. Once you have incarcerated someone,
government has a constitutional obligation under the 8th amendment to
provide certain levels of acre and that what the state has to do. FARYON: Since the receivership
assumed control of health care in prisons three years ago spending on medical
treatment for inmates has almost doubled – from just over one billion dollars a
year to nearly two billion dollars. And that budget will increase if the
state is to continue providing health care to its growing geriatric population. One independent report projects
the number of men in California prisons over
age 60 will triple by 2018. KELSO: The state of California and the people
of California have made consistent judgments that certain types of crimes or certain
patterns of criminal conduct need to be punished with life in prison and that’s a judgment that
has to be respected from my perspective is that needs to realize those
decisions come with a cost that you can’t have a prison population 16
or 20 per cent of which in a maybe a decade or to are going to be 55 and older,
you can’t do that unless you’re willing to devote a very substantial portion of
the general fund to their health care because those aging prisoners are going to have health care needs that
are very expensive to meet. FARYON: There are about 35,000
lifers in California prisons. Using government statistics, KPBS
calculated how much money the state pays to imprison inmates for a life sentence. If Inmate X is incarcerated at age 37,
he costs taxpayers about $49,000 a year. But as he ages, his health
care expenses will increase. At age 55, he could cost
the state $150,000 a year. If he lives until he’s 77, he
will cost California taxpayers as much $4 million to keep
him in prison for life. FARYON: So, when you were first convicted
and sent to prison did you expect to still be in prison when you were sixty-five? CAMPBELL: No, not at all. No, I believed the hype that if you change
while you’re in prison and prove to us that you’re capable of functioning in society
by doing the programs that we provide, showing us that you’ve rehabilitated
and the CDC staff supports that effort, then you will be paroled. FARYON: Lifers rarely get parole. In 2008, the most recent
year statistics are available for the full 12months, 7,303
lifers were up for parole. The board granted 294. But the governor has the right to reverse
those decisions or send them back for review. In 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
denied 81 lifers parole and sent more than 30 cases back for review. Fewer than 60 inmates were released. The year before even fewer were
paroled and in 2006, fewer still. MANSON MURDERS NEWS CLIP:
In a scene…found dead. FARYON: To understand why Californians
developed this tough on crime mantra, you have to go back to the
days of Charles Manson. At the time homicide rates were on the rise – nearly doubling from the mid
sixties to the late 70’s. HARRIET SALARNO: Because the high crime, murder was on the rampage and
people were getting furious. FARYON: Harriet Salarno was raising a
family in San Francisco at the time. She and her husband owned an electronics store. They kept a gun because stores like
theirs were often the target of robberies. It was the gun her daughter’s
killer would use in 1979. SALARNO: And he shot her and
murdered her execution style. And he went up to his dorm didn’t call any help
or anything watched her try to call and she died and finally another student
found her and it was too late. FARYON: When Salarno learned her
daughter’s killer was up for parole after just serving 10 years,
she began a life-long campaign for tougher sentencing laws
and stricter parole policies. Her victims rights group raises enough money
to employ a full time lobbyist in Sacramento. SALARNO: Public safety is in our constitution and it’s the priority and
it must be served first. We will back right there lobbying as heavy as we can every morning we will have a new case
we will be able to discuss with a legislator because somebody was murdered it will be
on the morning news as it is every morning. And that’s their obligation. Their obligation as legislators is to do this. FARYON: Dozens of changes to sentencing laws
in the last few decades have all contributed to California’s highest rate
of lifers in prison. Two of the most significant, are
determinate sentencing in 1977, which imposed minimum sentences,
and three strikes in 1994, which allowed repeat offenders
to be sentenced to life. LINDA: My sentence is 15 to life. FARYON: And you’ve been here how long? LINDA: I’m in my 24th year. FARYON: And Glenda? VIRGIL: Fifteen to life, plus
two for a gun allocation. And I’ve been here for 23 years. FARYON: And Marylinn? MARYLINN: Mine is 15 to life for
second-degree murder and I’ve been down 25. FARYON: At the California Institution for
Women in Corona California, a group of inmates, all convicted murderers, all women, talk
about what its like to grow old in prison. LINDA: The change is for me my health. My health has declined and the getting
around that I don’t have anymore. I didn’t think that I’d ever grow old. That my hips wouldn’t work, that I couldn’t
get down or get up anymore, or my legs. MARYLINN: And never in my life did I
think I’d be sitting in prison and going, wow I’m 70 years old and I don’t
even have a retirement plan. I don’t have to go to work
everyday because that’s the program. That’s what you have to do. Or that I would have lost my whole
family behind these circumstances. That I would no longer have
a family to reach out to. FARYON: The women are part of a
group called the Golden Girls, inmates over 55 who are granted
special privileges like a double mattress on their metal cots. And they’re first in line during meals. But this is still prison. And there are rules. Like getting down on the
floor when an alarm sounds. This happened while we were there. 59-year-old Linda can barely
make it down or back up again. DR. JOSEPH BICK: Prisons
weren’t built to make it easy for mobility-impaired people to get around. Prisons were built to safely
incarcerate individuals whoa re sent away and keep them from escaping. So we’re trying to deal with things how do
you accommodate activities of daily living of somebody who’s in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Simple things like getting their
clothes on, going to the bathroom, ambulating down the hallway to the dining halls. Having enough time to eat. Having more than 15 minutes to consume a meal. FARYON: Dr. Joseph Bick has been
working as a prison doctor for 20 years. He tends to patients at CMF’s
hospital and the prison hospice, where he’s held the hand of many dying inmates. DR. JOSEPH BICK: I’m not privy to inmates’
commitment offenses as a clinician, it’s something I’m not particularly
interested in knowing. In fact I endeavour to not
know because I think my job is to provide the best quality
of health care I can. But I’m human too and I don’t want
to run the risk of being influenced by knowledge of someone’s commitment offense. FARYON: We met two inmates in the
prison hospice on the day of our visit. Angelo Chavez has end-stage liver disease. ANGELO CHAVEZ: I was hoping they
would give me a compassionate release and that’s what I’m waiting for, to
see if I can go home to my family. FARYON: Chavez is a three striker
and serving a life sentence. His convictions include drug
possession, robbery and manslaughter. CHAVEZ: I would love to go home and
die out there, than to die here. FARYON: We also met Brian Long. He has cancer and is expected
to live another three months. In 1993, Long was convicted of having
sex with a minor and served six years. In 2003 he was sentenced to 11 years for
a second sexual offense against a child. In California, inmates can be
released for compassionate reasons if they have less than six months to live. Last year there were 57 requests. Three were granted by the courts. DR. JOSEPH BICK: People have
very strong opinions on all sides of this discussion you certainly have people
who have been victims or their family members of some very heinous crimes from some
of the people who live in this facility. And they strongly feel that it doesn’t matter
how old somebody gets or how sick they get or what they’re likelihood of
reoffending is they should spend the rest of their life in prison. FARYON: But Dr. Bick says we
can’t deny them health care. Not only is it the law, it is
also a matter of public health. DR. JOSEPH BICK: With so many people
incarcerated we choose as a society to incarcerate people that come to us
with such an incredible burden of disease, HIV and hepatitis and tuberculosis
and mental illness and substance abuse whoa re someday
going to go home, to me the tragedy is to somehow ignore them an
put them off there and assume because they’re incarcerated they
don’t matter or they’re not going to somehow impact upon the
general health at time of release. FARYON: And how do you see your life
playing out then here as you age? CAMPBELL: I’ll just grow
old and eventually I’ll die. I don’t see it as – you know I’m well adapted. Institutionalized, if you will. So I don’t see a problem just existing. Eventually I wont be able to function
anymore and eventually I’ll end up in a hospital and eventually I’ll die. But in the meantime it’s going to cost the
state an awful lot of money to take care of me. FARYON: Terry Campbell was convicted in
1966 of murder during an armed robbery. He has two other convictions from 1968
and 1973, both while incarcerated. He told KPBS he was mixed up
with prison gang violence. Since that time Campbell has
earned two college degrees FARYON: What’s your biggest fear
about growing old in prison? CAMPBELL: I don’t know if it’s a fear, but my
biggest concern about growing old in prison is that I went through all the trouble – on a
personal level I went through all the trouble to change, to become a different
person and now I don’t know for what reason other than
personal satisfaction. I can’t give anything back. VIRGIL: And being alone. Dying alone where there isn’t anyone
who cares about you or knows you. FARYON: Glenda Virgil was convicted of
second-degree murder in 1987 for shooting and killing the man with
whom she had been involved. She told KPBS she had been a battered woman. LAURANZANO: They didn’t give you life without, they didn’t give you the death penalty
they gave you 25 to life or 15 to life that means you get out at some point. And if you do everything they say you should
get out and be a functioning member of society. FARYON: Richard Lauranzano
was convicted of seven counts of sexual assault with children
under 14 in 1984. While in prison he was also
convicted of murder in connection. He is serving a 50-year sentence
but is eligible for parole in 2013. Lauranzano’s cancer is in
remission, but he has heart trouble and is consulting with experts about surgery. GOVERNOR: 30 years ago 10%
of the general fund went to higher education and only 3% went to prisons. Today almost 11% goes to prisons and
only 7.5% goes to higher education. Spending 45% more on prisons than universities
is no way to proceed into the future. FARYON: But it will be a difficult ship to turn
given California’s 30-year history of support for longer prison sentences and this
administration’s record of denying parole. Plans to build a new billion-dollar prison
to house old inmates who need chronic care and inmates who need mental
health services are now underway. There isn’t room for them anywhere else. Clark Kelso is also looking at ways to
get his outside hospital costs down. Last year the state spent 500 million dollars
on those visits – about 1,000 very sick and dying inmates accounted
for most of that cost. KELSO: There are solutions
I think the legislature and the people need o become more comfortable
with such as medical parole or other types of programs that will get these
unhealthy inmates these again inmates who don’t pose very much threat to the public
in terms of recidivism very good numbers there, we have to come to a better
public understanding in California with how to take care of those inmates. FARYON: Kelso has been in talks with
officials, including the governor’s office, about releasing some inmates to
privately run secure nursing homes. According to government statistics,
people over 55 have less than a four per cent recidivism rate which
means they are the least likely of all inmates to commit another offense and return to prison. And once released from state run
prisons, it’s likely they’d be eligible for federal health care subsidies. KELSO: One way or another health care needs of these people are going
to be paid for by somebody. FARYON: Should a life sentence
mean a life sentence in California? If they’re not rehabilitated absolutely. HARRIET: What are you going to
do with them if you let them out? Where are they going to go? What are you going to do with them? You’re going to say they’re not going to
commit a crime if they can’t get a job and you’re talking maybe 65 they need to
make some income and they cant get a job and they have no place to live what
are they going to do they’re going to rob somebody’s home, where
are they going to get the money. You just don’t open the door
here’s your $200 go get the bus. FARYON: Do you ever think you will get out? CAMPBELL: No. No I don’t. That saying about it doesn’t really matter where
you are, but it always matters who you are? You know, that applies. That applies to a lot of us that are in prison
because there are a lot of lifers who came to prison, who didn’t get into
trouble like I got into trouble when I came to prison, who are still here. And they’re sitting around
wondering, well what do I have to do? What do I have to do to get out of prison? How do I prove myself and
who do I prove myself to? And there’s no answer. FARYON: You can learn more about this issue
by going to our website, kpbs.org/prisons. And you can also leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you. For KPBS, I’m Joanne Faryon,
thanks for watching.

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100 thoughts on “Life In Prison: A Project Envision Documentary

  • December 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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    I AGREE, NON VIOLENT PRISONERS SHOULD BE LET GO AT A CERTAIN POINT. I think they got some of the laws backwards for instance if you sell drugs you get life but if you kill someone you get 15 years. That's just an example. And it's bullshit.

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  • December 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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    Who cares about her health when she killed someone. It depends on the circumstances in which she killed someone.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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    humanize US criminal justice system ☮️

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  • December 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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    Why give medical care to inmates?! Simple answer:because they are in the custody of the state government.its the government obligation as trusty to take care of the trust(inmates).to neglect medical treatment would constitute cruel and unusual punishment!!!

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    Prison care?

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  • February 8, 2018 at 8:03 am
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    Messed up thing! Is my parents have worked all there life and they dont qualify for free medical care!

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  • February 19, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    We spend far too much on prisons and too little on public and higher education. It is a complicated issue as there are people that don't have health insurance and they can't get the quality of care they need, despite the fact that they are productive members of society.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    This one seems to say Oh You Poor People.
    They are in Prison for a reason.
    They go to Prison to suffer for the crime(s) they did.
    Our tax money goes to them. Over 50 thousand per inmate pr yr.
    Lets see, Manson was in prison since 1969, and at 50 k pr yr, oh, we've spent over 2 million dollars for him. There's got to be a better way.

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  • March 5, 2018 at 3:24 am
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    What happened to Terry Campbell? Did he pass away? He isn't listed in the inmate finder anymore.

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  • March 17, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    HA PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID IT DOESNT TAKE THAT MUCH MONEY TO HOUSE OR TAKE CARE OF INMATES IT COSTS THAT MUCH BECAUSE THE BIG WIGS THAT RUN THE SHIT ARE ALL CROOKS TOO

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  • March 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    Here's an idea, kill the violent offenders in a humane way. A simple bullet to the head will suffice. It will also lesson the population.

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  • April 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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    We should just let all of these criminal scum die, we shouldn't be paying anything to keep criminals alive.  They did the crime they don't deserve anything.  I bet the people he killed wish they didn't have to die where they did screw these criminals, there should be 0 compassion for any of the criminal trash.  they shouldn't be allowed to get college degrees, they shouldn't be allowed to get anything other than hard work and then to die.

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  • May 15, 2018 at 3:19 am
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    the golden girls should have to do pushups for visitation rights

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  • June 26, 2018 at 4:26 am
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    This A LIE WHEN WE SENT MY HUSBAND MONEY CAUSE HE GETS SICK OR DONT FEEL GOOD THEY TAKE 100.00 A MONTH FROM HIM IF WE SENT HIM SOME MONEY THEY TAKE PART OF HIS MONEY THATS BULL SHIT THEY ARE LINIG TO

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  • August 24, 2018 at 6:59 am
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    They should reduce sentences except murder and rape. Why should a burglar spend 18 years in prison, thats ridiculous.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 12:41 am
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    I think if they killed then kill them,,if it's weed who cares ,,if it's a robbery 8 years first offense second offense death sentence,,why do I gotta pay for these retards to kill People maybe killed one of my friends family and you think I care if they kill them lol
    Bottom line is that they knew better and shoot anyways so that alone is death unless your defending yourself,,but come on we put people In jail for farting to loud noise bylaws lol I dunno gotta so something cause we're paying to feed house them then now there 900 years old and fuckn near crippled and guess who's paying there way there meds?? We are and I can't afford a down payment on a free lunch and here these mofo's are living better cause they give them all the necessities of life while we all struggle to get by ,,,,just about drives one insane..had enough of our wasted tax dollars going where it's not important

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  • October 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    I think after 25 years in prison is enough. You served your time. I understand the idea of Punishment and with someone who killed someone's loved one. I get it. But how much time is enough time served? Also putting someone in prison at the age of 18 for life is to long. Let's think this over. Also letd get ride of 3 strikes. And how avout no longer having on appliances to ask if yoh have ever be arrested or spint time in prison. Lets take the old average of …You did your time. You paid for what you did. Now we are square again. Let's stop and think about Punishment fitting the crime. Alot of men and women are in prison for the smallest of things. But if you are insane someone who will never get better. That's a different story. That's something that must be looked at as a medical issue and needs to be kept under lock and key.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 5:53 am
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    Just release them for fuck sake. It will be a miracle if they could rob a 7-11 for diapers!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 9:38 pm
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    This is an old video but still Rings true, I would like to talk to somebody about ideas that I have, mixed wood ideas that you may have and others may have and come up with a better way. It's October 2018, there is a better way

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  • October 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm
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    I keep hearing all these crazy medical Bill numbers for aging prisoners, there's a better way, I'm positive I know how to achieve something better, contact me

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  • November 21, 2018 at 2:32 am
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    I feel that if the convict is no longer a threat to anyone IE they are way to sick and or bed ridden there is nothing wrong with letting them go to die with family.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    They should let them go,the ones that are dying,they are on there way to heaven or hell,,,,this is not the answer,,,what they don't say,is why most of these people are in jail,,because they were poor,,had to do things to get money,parents did bad shit,everyone has a story,,we all did not have a white persons life,

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  • February 18, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Give them life or death they will take death

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    The punishment should fit the crime, not the crime being overly punished, which itself is a crime against Humanity. I believe that people are redeemable, not all, but some, and punishing all in (a one size fits all) is no sense, makes sense to me!

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    Back in the sixties California was going into the rehabilitation of prisoners philosophy, then Manson, & Paula Klass' murderer turned California into an unforgiving, lock em up till they die philosophy. You know the prison guards unions were behind a lot of that, job security for leaches that can't find a job anywhere else, the prison industrial complex.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    I was in this joint a long long time ago

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  • March 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Well fuck I'm 67 and need heart bypass that I can't afford should i go rob a mini-mart and get a few years in prison to get it taken care of?

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  • April 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Death sentence for every murder rapist, kidnappers ,child molesters.But don't wait 10 or 20 years. Taxpayers shouldn't pay for their crimes.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    That lady is an idiot for saying 11 days of security at an outside hospital was $200k and she said JUST for the security, not the healthcare cost. Back in this era lets say overtime for a CO was $55 an hour. Each full 24 hours for 2 officers would be $2.6k. Times that by 11 and that makes $29k. People think the overtime costs to outside hospitals is the big cost, it's not even freaking close to the cost of the hospital bills that is sent to the state. People, including inmates have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to prison costs and budgets.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    Starting at 1:32 that’s a very nice relaxing groovy song.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    Never give up ..and BABABOOEY

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  • July 13, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    Music was great. Folsum Prison Blues at the end. Who did that? And other music.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    Wtf??? So much money 🤢

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  • July 26, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    You commit these heinous crimes you shouldn't get any health care. – stop wasting the taxpayers $$$ – why should hardworking Americans pay for this , when we don't get half the health care they do???? let them DIE

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    I am feel bad for them

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  • September 20, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    prison is a BUSINESS

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  • September 30, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Criminal's have more rights then a law abiding citizen. Pathetic

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Don't knw ware they get these fukn ##s they only feed 1 hot and 2 sak meals a day witch comes out to a dollar a day 50k a yr.??? Yea right!!!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Where is Ed Kemper ??

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  • October 22, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    For the ones who are guilty this is how it should be. No mercy. Harder than hell on taxpayers. Death penalty is likely cheaper.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    It's ok saying you are responsible for their health care but just think of all the years that they worked at such low wages I'm sure that they paid many times over for the health care

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  • October 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    It doesn't matter if they provide risk or not the guy with heart troubles and he sexual assaulted all those kids under 14 should die in prison I don't really care how old he gets or how sick I don't like saying that but it's the truth

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  • October 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Responsible for there health care and its garbage treat them like u would treat everyone else cause the citizens of USA are paying for it

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  • October 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    U got the balls to do a crime so pay the cause

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  • November 1, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    You get sicker with age on the outside too

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  • November 4, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Prob get better healthcare inside than the will if they get out

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  • November 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    Most went back to crime after release because the system is designed for u not to get better.
    Criminal record can’t find s job
    Bad credit can’t do nothing
    On and on the system doesn’t give second chance to ppl

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  • November 12, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    The inmates immediate family should pay for the inmates healthcare or it should be mandatory the family of the inmate pays a monthly payment for healthcare just like its mandatory for everyone to have healthcare

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  • November 12, 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    No chaves you cannot go to your family to die . Stay in prison

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  • November 14, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Lorenzano!?…Stop playing my nigga!!
    You're Done!! As you should be!!

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  • November 15, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    I admit I get in trouble, but I would never hurt anyone, I think that people that do are predisposed to do so.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    I would love to go home & die out there, well so do your victims just die & shut the fuck up.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    WTF a nursing home? Naw

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  • November 16, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Then stop operations and let them suffer they committed the crime now they want to complain about a cost they don’t pay anyway?? Should we just let them out? Will that fix it? GTFOOH!!! Let them rot like there victims are

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  • November 17, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    WHY THE HELL CAN SOME CHILD MOLESTER GET FREE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION, BUT A HARD WORKING MAN OR WOMAN, WITH NO CRIMINAL BACGGROUND, HAS TO PAY OUT THERE ASS!! HYPOCRISY AT THE PURE FORM!!!!

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  • November 18, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    That old wouldn’t be saying that if that was her sitting in prison…I love when she said what r they going to do for money they going to rob a store, at 70 years old !!!!at 70 years u stupid old bitch

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  • November 19, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    lol oh shit there getting old lol

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  • November 22, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    The Inmate eligible for parole who had 14 counts of sexual assult with a child under 14 and murder. Sorry about his heart, but crimes agaist children is inexcusable… Die there… there should be no minimums for child sex crimes. Scum of the earth…

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  • November 22, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    An obscene attempt to let these monsters get away with their crimes. Let's see some interviews with their victims.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    Put them to work make some money why let them just sit there ?

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  • November 24, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    The cost makes no sense she's blowing smoke. For example Pelican bay which has mostly lifers which means no dorm living much higher cost spent 185,000,000 last year and has 24,772 inmates if you divide each inmate cost 7,468 dollars.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    All I hear from this is we cost you to much money let us go free no how about all murderers be put to death period

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  • November 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    Apply for s.s. they r intitled to it for mental distress …

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  • November 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    Release all non violent crimes an. A+ Institution good behavior inmates

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  • November 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    Problem solved

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  • November 24, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    They just realized what a life sentence means?

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  • November 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    Luckily I never got life 17 yrs was enough 4 me

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  • November 25, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    I think lifers should be free once they hit 80yrs old or if they're dying.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    Solution is to take the old useless horse out into the field and shoot it

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  • November 26, 2019 at 8:38 am
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    Lot of cheeks gettin stolen by fleece johnson inspired bullqueers

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    JUST LET THEM ALL OUT

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  • November 26, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    So because they were horrible people whe n they were younger, they should be released now because they're old? because it costs money?

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  • November 27, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    I still can’t believe this Austrian fuck was the governor. This country has been going to shit since the millennium started. 😕

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  • November 27, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    The one that touch the kids fuck him die slow mf

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  • November 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    @2:35 Did they transplant a black dudes foot unto a white dude?

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  • November 28, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    We gave our industries to china. We can print money federally but not on the stare level. This is a very complex isdue. It ties into many greater issues nationally and globally over 40 years old.

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  • November 28, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    A murderer or MoLe does not deserve Compassion in any since of the word!! There victims didn’t receive any now did they? So damn you!! I pray you die lonely and nameless

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  • November 28, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    To many people in prison for non violent crimes. You shouldn't serve 30 years for selling drugs unless your some high level cartel type dealer.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    Does anyone see this as the state just pumping tax base to massive (healthcare) companies? CA is clearly continuing these lifer policies and incarceration-till-death. Hard not to see this as intentional as and the tax money is just funneled straight to massive health care companies.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Highest prison rate in the world by alot. Idiots lock peopleup for kickbacks and money for privatized prisons

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  • November 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    Why even sentence them with the possibility of parole if they’ll never be given the parole? Just sentence them honestly and give them life without

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  • December 1, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    These inmates are so stupid they think they're woes might get them released.. but all its going to do is get them deported to a prison out of the country or euthanization

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  • December 5, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    Well kids stay away from crime and evil people watch your group of friends. Do right everyday

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    I watched about 5 minutes of it and it looks like a waste of the state's money do you believe a 70 year old man in a wheelchair it's going to commit a crime what's he going to do rob a McDonald's and fly out of the parking lot in a wheelchair..Please okay back to it…

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Food For Thought
    The USA Has Sentences that are way to Harsh on Some People . Now Weather or Not . They know Them Personally or Racism or Just because getting trouble .prior to the Sentencing . Try Google it . Some got over 30 Thousand Years . 1 got 9999 Years . Who the Heck live ever live like come on . Life should be 60 years and if they change their lives for the better , Set them Free .Or don't Grumble about the cost of their living

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  • December 8, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Do the crime..
    Do the time.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    Sad all of the wrongfully convicted in our jails,

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  • December 12, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Representing that big bad Salinas Nortenos!!!

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  • December 12, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    Sad the video is just starting out and it's already saying it's not about the prisoner it's about the money sad what this world will do for a piece of green paper Lord help us we're going to Hell in a handbag.. and trust me I get it you do the crime you do the time. But it shouldn't be about a green piece of paper.

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  • December 18, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    These guys get food , clothing and shelter for life!?? Yet there’s disabled homeless people on the streets starving and dying?

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  • December 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Well for one if pigs would stop planting drugs on people and making crap up because they got their feelings hurt that would cut costs for BS JAIL/PRISON TERMS Also in my opinion if people wanna do drugs it's their body who the hell is anyone to say what people wanna do to themselves because people can come up with making cocaine or other stuff who the hell should have the right to say it's illegal right their would cut costs HUGE and if it was legal would wipe out a lot of drug kingpins and crime possible just saying as a option what anyone wants to do to their body should be nobody's business man would that save billions so quit whining a lot of BS prison terms in my opinion!

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  • December 20, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    They should be there till they die

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  • December 20, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    No more THREATS TO SOCIETY. LET THEM GO. TO MUCH MONEY

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  • December 21, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    Put them to work, I know they could do work there and then mail it out or have it picked up on the grounds

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  • December 21, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Out source inmates. North Korea RUSSIA South America countries. Better bang per DOLLAR. ISN'T that what it will come to SOMEDAY. Or let's just kick the can down the STREET. Its a hard CHOICE . I'LL make it for YOU. Just ASK.

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  • December 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    This is what happens when health care becomes a business. Then everything becomes a business. The prisons too. Those inmates generate costs because in the street normal people can't afford what for us in Western Europe is just basic health care stuff, like chronical treatment for diabetes. You are truly fucked up in States, and we in Western Europe are on our way to reach that point too.

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  • December 23, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Me being 40 never spent a day in prison these documentaries really make me realize how good my life is.. I may not be rich but I can eat what I want travel where I want thanks YouTube this video made me very happy 🎄🎅🎄🎅..

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  • December 25, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    Make it simple, there should be a hell of a lot more Lethal Injections for murder, child molestation, constant repeat offenders. if you are a Scourge to society and an absolute non-productive dirtbag you should void the right to live amongst us and be put to death

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  • December 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    The very first thing that failing democrat California must do about there overcrowding prisoners is to send every Illegal Alien back to there own country. And Yes that will save the Legal American Tax-paying Citizens hundreds of hundreds of millions of millions of dollars. So there is where California must start and then You must vote Republican Straight Ticket In Every Election For the Next 50 Years 👍🇺🇸. God Bless America 🙏🇺🇸

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  • December 27, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Show in schools and homes throughout..

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