“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

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“The prisons in the United States had long been an extreme reflection of the American system itself: the stark life differences between rich and poor, the racism, the use of victims against one another, the lack of resources of the underclass to speak out, the endless “reforms” that changed little. Dostoevski once said: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

– Howard Zinn, in “A People’s History of the United States”

Via Today in History – with Frank Amari

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