Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 4:42 pm
One big problem that people don’t seem to discuss is how the American prison systems are becoming privatized. I recently had a discussion with my weed dealer of all people about how he got locked up once (ironically not for selling weed). The basis of the convo consisted of how he had to spend an extra two days in jail because it made the company that ran the jail more money. He said the guards just straight up told him to his face. “You are an invoice, the longer you are here the more money we make“.
How does that make sense? Prison is supposed to deliver justice for criminal acts. Not make rich people richer. Plus there is obviously the racial element to this story. Who is most likely making the money? Old white people. How are they doing it? By institutionalizing poor minorities who commit criminal acts due to a lack of opportunities in their communities. Not only that, but these companies stand to increase there profitability by imprisoning more people and keeping them there longer. F*cking America, great country we live in these days, huh? According to the NY Times:
The conviction that private prisons save money helped drive more than 30 states to turn to them for housing inmates. But Arizona shows that popular wisdom might be wrong: Data there suggest that privately operated prisons can cost more to operate than state-run prisons — even though they often steer clear of the sickest, costliest inmates.