05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
You may have heard recently of the conviction of a criminal named Don Blankenship. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
I am one who believes our country’s prisons are far too full of people who have been jailed for minor offenses – a product of a privatized prison-industrial complex that has to put and keep people behind bars to make money.
Based on Blankenship’s short sentence, you might think he committed a minor offense.