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With this bill, Sanders is further positioning himself as one of the staunchest proponents of criminal — and racial — justice in the presidential race, setting himself apart from Democratic and Republican candidates alike.
Facing mounting pressure from Black Lives Matter activists, who interrupted two of his press events this summer, Sanders unveiled a comprehensive racial justice platform in August, emphasizing state-sanctioned violence against communities of color and specific policies to fix the broken justice system. In addition to outlawing private prisons, Sanders also favors banning the box to minimize job discrimination against convicted felons, restoring voting rights for convicted felons, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and putting greater emphasis on prison diversion programs. On Wednesday, Sanders met with Black Lives Matter activists to discuss future policy.
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
originally posted by: ThirdEyeofHorus
a reply to: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Because anything privatized at all goes against the grain of Statist Big Government and never mind that they are at least working for their room and board and not costing so much to the taxpayers.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appear to be circumventing the bidding process for building a commercially-operated detention facility by having an Arizona city manage the manage the Texas based operation. The new 2,400-bed facility, which will be operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), is being built in Dilley, Texas but will be overseen by the city of Eloy, Arizona.
But it is the CCA with its $260 million per year no-bid contract that stands to really rake in the cash.
...Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000...
...the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.
According to federal data from 2011, around 40% of the nation's juvenile inmates are housed in private facilities.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
I would like to see the contracts that require quotas be met.
Advocacy group In the Public Interest obtained and analyzed 62 contracts between states and local jurisdictions and private prison companies that govern the operation of 77 county and state-level facilities. Sixty-five percent contained occupancy requirements between 80 and 100%, with many around 90%. Arizona (100%), Louisiana (96%), Oklahoma (98%), and Virginia (95%) had the highest quotas.
“These contract clauses incentivize keeping prison beds filled,” wrote the study’s authors, “which runs counter to many states’ public policy goals of reducing the prison population and increasing efforts for inmate rehabilitation.” Regardless of crime rates and public safety needs, these contracts require jurisdictions to maintain current levels of mass incarceration or pay millions of dollars for unused beds.
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
a reply to: neo96
Neo, I thought prisons were the elites way to end their gated communities. With all the workers and poor imprisoned they would no longer have to live in fear and hide behind gates, and the conservatives love cheap labor which prisons provide.
originally posted by: vethumanbeing
Privatize the prison system and take it off the backs of the taxpayers.