Prison is a terrible place to be. Although it may be glamorized on TV and the movies, ask anyone who is in prison for any length of time and they will tell you the real story about the mentally debilitating and humiliating experience that is prison.
Too many of us are unaware of the frightening realities of prison life. Likewise many do not fully understand that prison is big business and the money prison corporations make is directly related to how long people can be locked up with the least amount of health care, quality food and other necessities of life.
Don't believe that corporate profits drive the number of prisoners? The so-called drug war started in the 1970's coincides directly with the privatization of prisons. The injection of the profit motive for big corporations led to the explosion of arrests, convictions, longer sentences and the building of hundreds of new prisons across the country. The result:
The Prison Industry is the most profitable economic sector in the United States.
To put it another way...
Has led to this:
Driving Profits for them:
CCA is the largest private private prison corporation, making over $530 million in PROFIT in 2011
CCA is just one of the many corporations who are motivated purely by profit on the backs of prisoners by any means necessary. In 2012, CCA sent a letter to prison officials in 48 states, offering to buy prisons from these states in exchange for a 20-year management contract and a guaranteed occupancy rate of 90%.
Contractually obligating states to fill prisons to 90% occupancy forces communities into CREATING criminals solely to drive CCA profits.
Profit is everywhere in prison. In California alone they pay up to $20,000 more per solitary confinement unit than for a general population unit. This keeps officers working, which is why they become willing pawns who have an interest in oppressing prisoners.
Charts and graphs are nice, but sometimes you need to hear from the people who are experiencing the effects of prison complex profit-mongering so today we reprinted an article from a prisoner at the SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) in Pelican Bay. Please read The Solitary Confinement Profiteers and below are some other related articles that you you may find interesting.
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