Vote Rico S. Giron for San Miguel County Sheriff in the general election on Tuesday November 2, 2010.
|The Prison for Profit Industry|
The prison for profit industry
(1). Prison population grew FIVE HUNDRED PERCENT (500%) between 1972 and 1998, with only a 28% rise in the national population during that same period of tme.
(2). U. S. Prison Population Tops 2.1 Million.
(3). One in every 142 US residents is now in prison.
(4). One in every 75 US men is now in prison.
Contrary to popular assumption, the remarkably high and increasing rates of incarceration in the U.S. since the 1980s have not been driven by increases in the rate of violent crime. Rather, the burgeoning prison population is the result of changes in penal policies and practices and the soaring number drug offenders given prison sentences. Despite the prominent role violent crime has played in the concerns of politicians, the media, and the public, the trends in offense rates for murder, robbery, burglary, and rape were relatively flat or declining between 1980 and 1996.
Putting a person behind bars is so common in the United States and so frequently imposed for minor conduct that it seems the country has lost sight of just how serous a punishment imprisonment is. Short of executions, imprisonment is the most severe exercise of a government’s legitimate coercive and penal powers. Imprisoned individuals lose their liberty, autonomy, and the unfettered exercise of most rights. Prisoners are deprived of their families, friends, jobs, and communities. Their days usually pass in unproductive idleness. Life in prison is all too often degrading, demoralizing, dehumanizing and dangerous. Inmates’ health, safety, privacy, and even dignity are threatened by overcrowding and violence. Imprisonment reduces ex-offenders’ subsequent incomes and employability; it may increase the probability of future offending; and may result in their being denied the right to vote, to engage in certain occupations, and to receive various public benefits and services.
The contemporary for-profit prison era began in the mid-1980s. In 1985, Kentucky became the first state to turn over the complete operation of a prison to a “for-profit” company. Much of the impetus for industry growth came from Tennessee Republican activist Thomas Beasley, who founded Corrections Corporation of American (CCA) in 1983 with backing from venture capitalist Jack Massy, who also helped build Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Hospital Corporation of America.
The for-profit prison industry has boomed since its inception. For-profit prison revenues passed the $1 billion mark in 1998. While there are currently 163 for-profit correctional facilities in operation or construction in 30 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, more than half of all for-profit prisons can be found in just fourth states: Texas, California, Florida, and Colorado.
Two primary factors guide most decisions to privatize correctional facilities: the need to relieve overcrowding and to save taxpayers dollars. Proponents of prison privatization claim that for-profit firms can operate prisons less expensively than government. The companies regularly promise savings in the range of 15 to 20 percent. In reality, the promise of saving turns out to be a big exaggeration. Numerous studies have shown little or no difference in costs associated with public and for-profit correctional facilities.
The following states have subsidized private prisons: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee – fourteen in all.
The prisons for profit employ prisoners who are essentially slaves for a tiny fraction of what private industry workers make, and then the so-called prison industries compete with private enterprises. There is another name for this practice – Racketeering!
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