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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.
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 concentration camps.”
*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.
Originally posted by theMediator
I can also point out other things that are insane to be profit based.
and the Military
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by crankyoldman
Perhaps my OP was a bit vague? I am stating exactly what you have. Corporations who control prisons have a vested interest in keeping occupancy high.
This means that in conjunction with keeping inmates in longer, they also engage in lobbying efforts among other things to increase the amount of offenses that can include/lead to imprisonment sentences.
The rest of it
This anonymous letter landed in my inbox about a minute ago:
After more than 20 years, I've finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I've simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren't ready for.
You're absolutely right, Optimus, and stocks in prisons have been on Wall Street for many years. Prison is big business in America, and has been for quite some time.
Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
Correction Corps of America is taking over state prisons nationwide. In the contract Correction Corps of America demands a 90% occupancy rate, which means that more people are going to jail/prison for reasons that used to not warrant incarceration. This is a serious problem and nothing good will come of it.