Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Prison-Industrial Complex

I saw a quote on Facebook today that was so damning, I thought it had to be a fake. It doesn't appear to be.

The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.


While we've we've known for a while that for-profit correctional facilities were becoming a problem, that problem magnifies when a publicly traded company that can donate unlimited campaign funds to any elected official who legislates or approves government contracts clearly states that their bottom line is affected by legislation and government contracts.

We have a prison problem in America because people who make money off running prisons are writing the damn laws. And they're making millions off of us.

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