Friday, August 16, 2013

Standing up to Private Prisons

We are the prison nation!
Prison is a business, no doubt about it, and it's pretty much like the Nazi Concentration camps, except without the mass killings. They make everything a crime so they can put more people behind bars so they get paid, and we are willing to bet, many in politics have a share in the prison business as well. This country runs on prisons, without them, we'd be more broke. They have to pay their debts somehow, so they lock us up!

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Private prisons undermine our democracy and destroy our communities by lobbying to keep immigrants and people of color locked away. Enlace and its allies are fighting back through a campaign to divest from the private prison industry.

Private prison companies like CCA and GEO Group profit when more people go to jail. Their business model depends on the success of their lobbying efforts, which result in laws that criminalize marginalized communities in order to keep people in jail. Over the past decade, immigrant detention has made millions of dollars for the private prison industry at the cost of hundreds of thousands of immigrant lives. Enlace and its allies are standing up to private prisons and calling for divestment from an industry that profits from racism and human misery. (More Info)


3 comments :

dlc said...

People need rehabilitation not locked up. This prison business is getting too large. Just like the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) in California, the larger they get the more political clout they hold. We must break these things up. They lobby for longer and tougher sentences so they can put more money into their pocketbooks. More lockups mean more people working and more union dues,

Loneranger said...

I think when it comes to states running out of money they have been their own worst enemy. When you allow your employees to write their own paychecks it never ends well. When they can manipulate the laws to guarantee a constant supply of humans to lock up or track or somehow supervise. they build a larger paycheck for themselves. Problem with all the fear mongering and new law making is they really don't have more money for anyone. Fact is it takes ten to twenty private workers to fund one state worker. Now if this is private prisons or state prisons the cost to the taxpayer is huge. When you continue to divert tax dollars into prisons it takes away from schools and roads and the like. So take a look at how fat the prison system is and then take a drive to your local school and then decide if this program is working for you.
Fact is the entire program is counter productive and growing. Lets take someone we have locked up for years for example. Maybe he did something like having sex for instance. With someone that the state says is to young. Well ok already this sounds like a justification to lock him up forever. Fact is they are not locked up forever and when they do get out the chance they are going to do that again are slim. But having him behind bars cost most states 31 thousand dollars a year. When he gets out he can't find work or housing and if he goes back because of this it costs 31 thousand a year. If he does stay out and most do it costs the state for monitoring as well as the fact he can't get work as he is ostracised because of all the monitoring. Costing the state once again any taxes he could have been paying. So the cost continues. Remember any cost is pure tax dollars generated by the private sector. Can anyone else see a problem here? Granted we all like to feel safe however that isn't happening as all we get is we are in danger and need more prisons. And the cost goes on and on and on.
Is this a business? Of course it is and a leagle way to extort and divert money that the states need to fund schools and to rebuild infrastructure that has been neglected for years as the money just isn't there. And where does it go? Humm

Mark said...

"Prison is a business, no doubt about it, and it's pretty much like the Nazi Concentration camps,
except without the mass killings. They make everything a crime so they
can put more people behind bars so they get paid, and we are willing to
bet, many in politics have a share in the prison business as well.
This country runs on prisons, without them, we'd be more broke. They
have to pay their debts somehow." In a word: DITTO. AND CRIME DOES PAY $$$$$$$$$$.