Too many people in jail: Private prisons and judicial corruption

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    In an article entitled “Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex,” author John W. Whitehead revealed startling facts about America's prison system. According to Whitehead, “Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is serving time behind bars …. one in fifty Americans are working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation.” Whitehead also observed that most of those held in federal prisons were convicted of the non-violent and victimless crime of marijuana possession. Sadly, there are financial incentives for the high incarceration rate. As more and more detention systems are put into the hands of private enterprises, profit becomes more important than any other consideration. Of course, when a for-profit company makes profit every time an inmate is sentenced, the possibility of judicial corruption is obvious. Here is a sample of Whitehead’s fine article:

    “Little wonder, then, that public prisons are overcrowded. Yet while providing security, housing, food, medical care, etc., for six million Americans is a hardship for cash-strapped states, to profit-hungry corporations such as Corrections Corp of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the leaders in the partnership corrections industry, it’s a $70 billion gold mine. Thus, with an eye toward increasing its bottom line, CCA has floated a proposal to prison officials in 48 states offering to buy and manage public prisons at a substantial cost savings to the states. In exchange, and here’s the kicker, the prisons would have to contain at least 1,000 beds and states would have agree to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.

    “Doubtless, a system already riddled by corruption will inevitably become more corrupt, as well. For example, consider the “kids for cash” scandal which rocked Luzerne County, Penn., in 2009. For ten years, the Mid Atlantic Youth Service Corporation, which specializes in private prisons for juvenile offenders, paid two judges to jail youths and send them to private prison facilities. The judges, who made over $2.6 million in the scam, had more than 5,000 kids come through their courtrooms and sent many of them to prison for petty crimes such as stealing DVDs from Wal-Mart and trespassing in vacant buildings. When the scheme finally came to light, one judge was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and the other received 28 years, but not before thousands of young lives had been ruined.”

    The rest of John Whiteheads fine article can be read at the following link.

    Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex - BlackListedNews.com
     
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    This a stupid article.
    prisoners properly convicted,deserve the fruits of what they get.
    bottom line,if you dont want to do time.
    dont commit crime.
     
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    Sounds like fuckin john lennon,whatta scumbag.
     
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    Hi, Professor!

    Thank you for posting this information. I've heard that the US has a higher percentage of its population incarcerated than any other country in the free world. I would think that people might be concerned that "the land of the free" is in fact "the land of more prisons" -- but I guess not.

    Sad, really.

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    This should be the biggest issue in the country, yet not a word of this is being said in the campaign for President from either side.
     
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    Excellent post. CNBC did a great expose on the topic. A prison in Colorado was raising Talapia and selling it to Whole Foods Market. The rival fish farms in CO were not able to compete and had to get out of the business.

    This is a harbinger of things to come in the "privatize everything" movement. Without more prisoners, the profits dry up so you see prisons lobbying state legislatures to produce more and more laws to ensure that they will continue to get more and more bodies.

    What do you think will happen when we get rid of public schools and start issuing vouchers? We'll see these freeway "colleges" such as University of Phoenix, LaTourneau, Capella, Remington College etc start K-12 grades to cash in on he windfall.

    We'll have private law enforcement, private fire departments, etc... Terrible idea.
     
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    Be careful Buying into stats like that. Do you think Iran, or Syria Give honest numbers when asked what % of their people are behind bars? What About China?

    lol
     
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    just the idea some people are seeking a profit by operating a prison is nauseating.
     
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    Has anyone here read "Oliver Twist"?

    Charles Dickens had good reason to be concerned about the workhouses in old England.

    If prisons are completely privatized in the US, look for a return of the debtor's prison. Instead of bankruptcy, we'll have prison sentences for those who can't pay their bills.

    -- Paravani


     
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    What else can be expected in a Police State? This is a very predicable inevitability.
     

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