9.20.13: David Simon on the ‘rigged game’ of the US criminal justice system

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“Bars and Stripes Forever: Inequalities and Incarceration in America” was the title of the September 17th Constitution Day symposium at the Maryland Institute College of Art, held in partnership with the ACLU of Maryland.  It was a candid conversation about race, class, the criminal justice system, the Drug War, and the fact that while the United States makes up about 5 percent of the world's population, it constitutes 25 percent of the world's prison population.  Nearly half of those prisoners, 45 percent, are behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses.  One of the speakers at the event was David Simon, creator, writer and executive producer of the HBO series, The Wire.  In his opening remarks, he spoke about for-profit prison and the ‘rigged game’ of the criminal justice system…