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A week ago we told you about President Obama’s monumental trip to El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, making him the first Commander-in-Chief to visit a federal prison. Many of you were excited to see the VICE special, Fixing the System, which aired on HBO Sunday night, but in case you missed the TV airing you can now catch the hour-long episode right here online.

VICE Founder Shane Smith said of the special which features candid conversations between the president and various inmates:

“There’s an emerging consensus in this country – on both the right and the left – that the way we treat criminal offenders is utterly broken and weakening our society in profound ways. Visiting El Reno with President Obama – the first-ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting president – will give our viewers a firsthand look into how the president is thinking about this problem, from the policy level down to one on one conversations with the men and women living this reality. It’s going to be fascinating.”

Check out the special report below and tell us if you agree.

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  • [email protected]

    There should be a change in current system. There has been the overt ruination of lives as a product of the prison industrial complex. Angela Davis and the late George Jackson have told the truth on this issue. Prisons are readily privatized for profit. Many prisoners are nonviolent drug offenders and their voting rights and economic opportunities are readily stripped. Some nonviolent drug offenders serve longer sentences than assaulters and rapists, which is a disgrace. People from across the political spectrum know that minimum sentencing laws and other regressive policies are just retrograde and wrong. Fixing this problem will cause more economic stability in the lives of Americans too. America imprisons the highest number of people in the industrialized world. We know about the racism found in the criminal injustice system too. The system is backward. Prisons are readily overcrowded and we can’t follow the status quo at all. There should be investments in drug courts and the elimination of the War on Drugs with progressive alternatives.

  • Chazz A

    I believe that every person who thinks we are in a post-racial society, with a fair Justice system, needs to view this documentary. It will definitely shine light on that myth.
    The Justice system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. As a matter of fact, the blindfold needs to be removed from “Lady Justice” all together!
    Anyone can see the injustice when a person convicted for drugs serves more time than a person convicted of a violent crime such as rape.
    In 2014, around 95 percent of the 2000-plus elected state and local prosecutors across the country were Caucasian, and about 79 percent were Caucasian men.
    In Shreveport Louisiana juries, more people are sentenced to death than any other jury in this country. 77 percent of people sentenced to death over the last 40 yrs were black! This may seem shocking but with a racist DA like Dale Cox, who once was quoted saying, “we need to kill more people”, it should not be a surprise.
    Whats even worse, 15 states in this country do not have one black prosecutor.
    These numbers indicate a grime reality. No matter how many police brutality incidents have been witnessed and video recorded, a rogue cop getting convicted and sentenced to prison is extremely unlikely.
    Corruption, racism, racial disparities and prisons for profit are all signs of a broken, one dimensional justice system.
    The Minister Farrakhan once said, ” a system cannot fail those it was never designed to protect”. That was in the 80s during the crack explosion and the “system” remains the same to this day.

    • [email protected]

      I totally agree with you.

    • Chazz A

      The struggle continues!

    • [email protected]

      Right. People can learn a lot from the documentary. It showed the pain of families and there is no question that the current system is a failure. The evils of the War on Drugs, economic deprivation, police brutality, solitary confinement for extended periods of time, the torture in prisons, etc. have no place in a civilized society. There should be real change.

    • Chazz A

      No doubt. in order for real change, we must develop a political platform and pool our resources. It can be done but it will take a strong unity and sacrifice and most importantly, capital. Politicians understand one language and that language is “money”.

    • [email protected]

      Timbuktu and Napata weren’t built in a day, so our liberation will take hard work, struggle, and determination. We certainly need more unity as the truth is that unity creates power. Back in 1972, black people tried to use the Gary Convention as a means to create a political platform for our people. In our generation, we should develop a political platform too and pool our resources (as other ethnic groups have done for generations). We have to confront poverty and economic inequality as well. Excellent Words Brother.

    • Chazz A

      Much respect brother. Its great that you mentioned Angela Davis and George Jackson. They were pioneers in the struggle and helped lay the foundation for the endless fight against racism and injustice.