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Conrad Black answers questions in the Huffington Post

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Conrad Black’s insight into Canada’s prison system

Last week I posted a question on the Huffington Post, asking Conrad Black for his thoughts on Bill C-10 and the over-sentencing of the incarcerated. Following is my question and his answer.

Q: You were quoted in 2010 as saying the prison system is home to an “ostracized, voiceless legion of the walking dead.” You also said many of the inmates had been grossly over-sentenced as a result of the failure of the U.S. War on Drugs. Could you give your thoughts on the Conservatives’ omnibus crime bill and whether it is sending Canada in the U.S. direction? 

A. “I don’t think (the crime bill) will take it to such subterranean levels of injustice as the United States, but I think it is in some respects a step in the wrong direction.”

“On the particular case of this crime bill, what worries me — and I am not for a variety of reasons going to slag off the government because I think in fact this government is a good government — but we are getting an inordinate number of native people in prisons and it is not the right way to treat them.”

“The United States has five per cent of the world’s population, 25 per cent of its incarcerated people and 50 per cent of its lawyers. The legal profession in general in the United States, and to some extent in this country, is a cartel. It is an abusive cartel and the court system is essentially, on the criminal side in the United States, just window dressing to confer a veneer of a society of laws on the executable whims of prosecutors who win over 90 per cent of their cases, compared to 65 in this country. And more than 90 per cent of the cases they win are without a trial.”

“I spent over $30 million paying off these American lawyers.” – Conrad Black

The former media baron spent a total of nearly four years incarcerated in the Unites States after being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice. He described the American justice system as a “gigantic and evil fraud” and said lawyers in the U.S. are part of an abusive cartel. The Tory crime bill doesn’t quite go that far, Black said, but is a move in the wrong direction.

Jail is a “ridiculous and horribly expensive and counter-productive way to treat non-violent criminals,” Black told HuffPost. White collar criminals should be put to work instead of placed behind bars and the mentally ill should be cared for in hospitals and asylums where they belong, he said. Source: Huffington Post 

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August 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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