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视频:《越狱》精讲九(3)

2007-02-28 15:01中国日报网

Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix recently urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that "there won't be any transportation costs; we're offering you competitive prison labor (here)."

The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in 1990 under William Clinton, when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes. Clinton's program for cutting the cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates.

Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Wackenhut, which together control 75%. Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one. According to Russell Boraas, a private prison administrator in Virginia, "the secret to low operating costs is having a minimal number of guards for the maximum number of prisoners." The CCA has an ultra-modern prison in Lawrenceville, Virginia, where five guards on dayshift and two at night watch over 750 prisoners. In these prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for "good behavior," but for any infraction, they get 30 days added - which means more profits for CCA. According to a study of New Mexico prisons, it was found that CCA inmates lost "good behavior time" at a rate eight times higher than those in state prisons.

Abruzzi作为Fox River 监狱工厂的头目,享有者管理犯人、发放PI card的特权。当然,他得向狱警Bellick 缴纳巨额的好处费。当Abruzzi背后的黑帮不再支持他后,好处费的来源没有了,Abruzzi也就被赶下了头目的位置。

我观之我见

Fish Cherry 因为无法忍受T-bag的折磨,向Michael 求救,Michael劝说T-bag不成,考虑到越狱的计划,拒绝了Cherry的请求。走投无路的Cherry万念俱灰,用床单上吊自杀了。这一幕无论是对Michael还是对观众触动都很大:在这个弱肉强食的世界里,生存不仅要靠技术和手段,还要有坚定的信念。无论是在监狱内外,这条道理都适用。

考考你

用今日所学将下面的句子译成英语。

1. 他直接拒绝了他们,再也没有重新考虑一下。

2. 防止卷入办公室纠纷的最佳办法是不要挑起事端。

Prison Break 1《越狱》1(精讲之八)考考你 参考答案

1. 爸爸在工作,孩子们则在给他捣乱。

Dad was working, and the children were getting in his hair.

2. 他承认他拿了钱,并且说很高兴把这事说出来。

He admitted taking the money and said he was glad to get it off his chest.

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