As you know, I spent 10 years in prison on drug charges in California, with 4 years in solitary confinement, before turning that research into books as an author. I got a great review for my 6th book Underdog but the kind lady didn’t agree that money was a big part of the mass incarceration problem. I would love for her to read this post. Check it out.
One year ago this month the ACLU published a report titled, “Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration.”
We as a society should be concerned about the rise of the multi-billion-dollar private prison industry that unquestionably profits from mass incarceration.
The imprisonment of human beings at record levels is both a moral failure and an economic one — especially at a time when more and more Americans are struggling to make ends meet and when state governments confront enormous fiscal crises. This report finds, however, that mass incarceration provides a gigantic windfall for one special interest group — the private prison industry — even as current incarceration levels harm the country as a whole. While the nation’s unprecedented rate of imprisonment deprives individuals of freedom, wrests loved ones from their families, and drains the resources of governments, communities, and taxpayers, the private prison industry reaps lucrative rewards. As…
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