Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Surprise! If you Privatize Prisons you GET MORE PRISONERS!

The profit motive is a powerful force.  So when you make it profitable to incarcerate people, please don't be shocked when we end up incarcerating more people.
So for the top ten private prison contracting states in the United States, there is a percent of the population under the carceral control of private firms – firms with a mix of shareholders, bondholders, CEOs, boards, marketing departments, etc. to pay and their private, profit-maximizing and cost-reducing ideas to entertain – roughly equivalent to the total percentage of incarcerated people in Europe. How cool is that?

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