Tell Congress: Ban private for-profit prisons

Jun 2013
i agree. private for-profit companies should not be in the prison business. the government sends people there, let them take care of them.
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Jun 2014
United States
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The Koch Brothers are using their ALEC monies to get private prisons in states. AND guess what else they are doing after they buy some republicans?

This language reinforces the idea that the prison system in the United States is a business. The Koch Brothers have been connected to the conservative, corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, for some time. In 2011, the Koch brothers donated $24 million to various conservative organizations and think tanks including ALEC, through four foundations they run. ALEC received funding from the brothers to help finance meetings where “model” legislation would ultimately be drafted.

That relationship is enough to doubt Koch Brothers’ commitment to prison reform. Consider that, in 2009 ALEC has helped draft repressive immigration legislation and has had a longstanding comfortable relationship with the private prison industry. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest prison company in the country, once chaired ALEC’s now defunct “Criminal Justice Task Force.” The origins of mandatory minimum sentences, three strikes laws and truth-in-sentencing which create higher prison populations have origins in ALEC’s model legislation.

So what’s motivating the corporate elite’s interest on this social justice issue? One likely answer is that there are special interests who see prison reform as an opportunity to push for privatization, and make money. Private prisons have been a growing trend in recent years and between 2000 and 2010 their number doubled in the United States.

One of the first rules of capitalism is: increase profits. That’s why it must be assumed that increasing big business’s power over the criminal justice system could only make things worse. We have seen how with other important reform efforts, like education reform, privatization motives often sneak in the back door. Another risk is that their involvement could lead to cosmetic changes to the prison industry that shift attention away from the primary problems. Consider the empty nature of many of the administration’s NSA reforms or the police weapons ban reform that took away weapons police were no longer accumulating.
Democrats need to be aware of the neoliberals in their party. These are the ones the rich choose, just as they choose the republican side of the aisle, as well.
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Nov 2015
New York
I remember once one of the major prison corporations was bragging to investors about how they had a high rate of recidivism and how they lobby congress for longer sentences.
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