Private Prisons are created by corporations who are now allowed to take control of something that should remain in the governments hands… the imprisoning of its citizens. The ethical implications of this are endless and it has turned prisoners into products. Corporations have one goal… to increase revenue each year. The only way private prisons do that is by incarcerating more and more people. They do this though the typical means that large corporations use… they lobby congress aggressively and donate to politicians who will champion new legislation that assures more and more people are placed in prison.
“Private prison companies… have worked hard over the past decade to create markets for their product. As revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade, the companies have had more resources with which to build political power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration.” (Justice Policy Institute)
HOW COMPANIES EXPLOIT INMATES
Phone companies charge astronomical rates for prisoners to call out making it difficult if not impossible for them to stay connected to family, which is imperative to their stability upon release. Dial Back Phone Rates for Prisoners
“In many state prison systems, what on the outside would be a 10-cent call costs $9.”
(Elsner, Alan (2006). Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons (p. 47)
Many prisons require inmates to work, which is reasonable. However, the monitary compensation is not and neither is the exploitation that happens with “free” prison labor. Prisoner’s make pennies on the dollar, some as little as .17 cents an hour, for large corporations who prosper from free “slave” labor.
According to www.motherjones.com, In the 1990s, subcontractor Third Generation hired 35 female South Carolina inmates to sew lingerie and leisure wear for Victoria’s Secret and JC Penney. In 1997, a California prison put two men in solitary for telling journalists they were ordered to replace “Made in Honduras” labels on garments with “Made in the USA.” Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft…numerous Fortune 500 companies PROFIT from the Prison INDUSTRY. Their thinking seems to be, “No need to export labor to China…it’s cheaper to have our own American prisoners work for pennies.” The issue is not that prisoner’s should necessarily make money while in prison. Granted, they are being punished; however, I don’t think it’s the “American Way” for prisoner labor to be the new form of slave labor. (The Holder Position)
Justice Policy Report
“GAMING THE SYSTEM”
How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies.
This research details the role for-profit private prison companies have played
in raising incarceration rates and harming people and communities.
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“Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money From Mass Incarceration”
By Tara Herivel and Paul Wright.
An incredibly detailed and well documented book on the topic of private prisons
and how companies exploit inmates and make sure prisons stay full.
“Prisons For Profit” 30 Min PBS Documentary. Watch Below.
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