Stephen Colbert Single-Handedly Demolishes the American Criminal “Justice” System

If you haven’t yet seen the segment from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report called ‘Debt or Prison’, head on over to Yahoo! Video screener to see what all the fuss is about! Stephen Colbert cleverly exposes the absurdity of the American Criminal “Justice” System in a way only he knows how. With his uniquely sarcastic take on today’s headlines, Colbert uses comedy to shed light on an issue that is anything but funny. Just click on the image below to watch the segment:

"It’s a great system. If a defendant can’t pay a fee, they go to jail, where they’ll rack up more room and boarding fees that they can’t pay and be penalized with more jail time, thus increasing their debt, which gives them even longer prison sentences. [aka the Debt Penalty]"
“It’s a great system. If a defendant can’t pay a fee, they go to jail, where they’ll rack up more room and boarding fees that they can’t pay and be penalized with more jail time, thus increasing their debt, which gives them even longer prison sentences. [aka the Debt Penalty]”

7 thoughts

    1. That’s where good ol’ Youtube would’ve come in handy, as I could’ve just embedded the player into the blog post. Unfortunately Comedy Central restricts their videos to like two sources, yahoo and I think Hulu, which only reach a limited audience. ]-: Boooo!! Lol

  1. Our courts and politicians make Colbert’s job as a satirist too easy. He could well pay attention to the news but an hour a week and he’d have enough material for the week’s show. The stuff that emerges as news nowadays is so outrageous it is hardly to be believed.

    1. Indeed, and even more outrageous is the fact that the most tragic stories of people going to prison for something as stupid as using someone else’s address to send their kids to a better school get little coverage compared to justin Bieber peeing in a bucket, Kim kardashian getting married, flight M180 or whatever, etc..

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