How would you describe an industry that wants to put more Americans in prison and keep them there longer so that it can make more money? In America today, approximately 130,000 people are locked up in private prisons that are being run by for-profit companies, and that number is growing very rapidly. Overall, the U.S. has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has 5 percent of the total global population. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire globe by far, and no nation in the history of the world has ever locked up more of its own citizens than we have. Are we really such a cesspool of filth and decay that we need to lock up so many of our own people? Or are there some other factors at work? Could part of the problem be that we have allowed companies to lock up men and women in cages for profit? The two largest private prison companies combined to bring in close to $3,000,000,000 in revenue in 2010, and the largest private prison companies have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past decade. Putting Americans behind bars has become very big business, and those companies have been given a perverse incentive to push for even more Americans to be locked up. It is a system that is absolutely teeming with corruption, and it is going to get a lot worse unless someone does something about it.
Source: The Economic Collapse
BRANCACCIO: After a decade of judges handing out tougher and longer sentences, America’s prison population is going the same direction as the price of food and gas: that is to say: way up.
What may be even more surprising is that government is increasingly outsourcing prisons—and prisoners—to the private sector. Colorado is at the center of this controversy over incarceration for profit…a practice that is happening all over the country.
Transcript: Prisons for Profit
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College Football Stadium Will Be Named After Private Prison Corporation
As a private prison corporation with a history of alleged abuses and violations continues to lobby for more privatization of incarceration in Florida, it has found a new way to brand itself. In exchange for a $6 million gift, Florida Atlantic University will rename its football stadium GEO Group Stadium, after the second-largest U.S. corporation that runs criminal detention facilities.
Source: Think Progress