April 30, 2012

Private prison corporations fight sane justice policies

Alternet - The Corrections Corporation of America’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission read very much like the documents of a slave-trader. Investors are warned that profits would go down if the demand for prisoners declines. That is, if the world’s largest police state shrinks, so does the corporate bottom line. Dangers to profitability include “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." The corporation spells it out: “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." At the Corrections Corporation of America, human freedom is a dirty word.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

About 6% of prisoners are in for-profit prisons. The rest are in publicly owned jails. If you want to blame the high rate of incarceration on some group, blame it on the unionized cops and prison guards who use their influence to keep the cells full.