How did this ever happen?
Here's the Wikipedia version of a private prison. And below is a WONDERFUL article written by Global Research.
A private prison or for-profit prison, jail, or detention center is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned by a third
party that is contracted by a government agency. Private prison companies typically enter into contractual agreements with governments that commit
prisoners and then pay a per diem or monthly rate for each prisoner confined in the facility.
The Prison Industry in the
United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?
What has happened over the last 10 years? Why are there so many prisoners?
“The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make
money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the
Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and
Somebody explain to me how anybody thought this was a good idea? How are we to have reformed prisoners, when the actual goal of the private industry
is to continue to make money.
As pointed out above, no prisoners equal no profit. This means they have a vested interest in keeping a lot of people in jail for longer. What you
get usually is the following:
*Longer Sentences On Minor Crime
*Minimum Sentences On Major Crime and Minor Crime
*Ambiguous changes to the state and federal code as to what constitutes a crime or not.
*The Exponential Growing Prison Population.
This is a MAJOR issue. Think about how many people are denied voting rights. Think of all the tax income we'd get from the 1 million people
currently in jail for non-violent offenses, that should NOT include jail time.
You all are bleeding money from every point, yet can still afford a Prison Industrial Complex that ONLY supports private corporations and line their
Let's not even get into the forced slavery of the inmates, having to work for cents on the dollar for in some cases brutal work that you'd have to pay
VERY good wages to anybody otherwise.
edit on 3/6/2013 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)