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Old November 4th, 2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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Even in Government*-Run Prisons, the Profiteering off of Human Lives Is Staggering

Even in Government*-Run Prisons, the Profiteering off of Human Lives Is Staggering

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In addition to the private prison corporations, a wide range of companies, organizations, individuals, and even towns profit economically or politically from prisons. They all have "skin in the game" - and have a definite interest in opposing attempts to reduce or end mass incarceration.

These prison profiteers recognize that incarcerating people is an economic as well as a political operation. Keeping a person in prison is costly, whether in New York, where in 2010 it cost on average $60,076 a year to lock up one person, or in West Virginia, where the price tag was $26,498. The question is: where does that money come from and where does it go?

(Image: The New Press)(Image: The New Press)It is pretty simple to see where the money comes from. Almost all funding for operating prisons and jails comes from tax revenues. The money to build them, however, usually requires issuing some kind of bond. The repayment of the bond then comes from taxes.

Where the money goes is more complicated. Expanding and sustaining mass imprisonment requires at least three costly activities:

1. Building the infrastructure.

2. Employing staff.

3. Supplying goods and services to people in prison..
Ever since religion has grown in this nation, we have become devoid of morals and ethics. This is just wrong. No rehabilitation; just profit.
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