I was somehow surprised that private prisons exist. I though this was a conflict between state and private industry, pandering, and a reemergence of the trusts, Apparently we forget our lesson. Note, I am Not Against violents spending time. I am against private industry"inventing" criminals to stuff their pockets and so fudge figures to look like they are doing a "better job". Our entire system of laws needs revising to absolutely prevent unnecessary incarcerations:
"Are you against racist laws ands committed to building safer, stronger communities? If so, here are a few reasons why you should consider supporting the private prison divestment campaign, and moving your money to a credit union.
The state (and corporations like Wells, Fargo) uses patron's money to build and maintain private prisons, while cutting social services like education and health care.
The US has the largest population in prison in the world, 2.3 million. We have but 5% of the population, yet 23.6% of the world's prisoners. (2% of our population is behind bars.)Prison populations are increasing . (No , not due necessarily to "more efficient policing", a greater population is of course, one factor.) But, in AZ alone, prison pop. jumped from 3,377 in 1979 to 40,477 in 2010. Predictions are it will rise to 49,700 by 2016.
(My home town has only 27,000 in it. Imagine it all behind bars? I can't.)
The prison industry, in AZ alone, makes up 11.2 % of the state budget in 2011. %The third biggest prison population spending state in the nation. (I suspect CA first? ) The Dept. of " Corrections"* state industry in AZ (AZ is very recessed now, especially unemployment in So. AZ, ) is the only state budget to avoid a bidget cut for 2012. Its budget rose $10 million from last fiscal year, to $1.06 billion. Meanwhile, budgets are cut to humanitarian services like education and health care.
The private prison industry is one of the powerful forces behind anti-migrant laws like SB1070.
The private prison industry,including Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) and Geo Group, is one of the main forces behind lobbying groups that increase penalties and incarcerations by the federal government and by states such as AZ and GA. Their current business plans push for harsher immigrant incarceration policies that drive up prison populations.
(In My state of AZ, sentencing is second harshest in the country, next to TX. Many are sent to prison rather than a cheaper and more positive rehab and diversion and probation because prisons get Federal funding. It is no skin off Phoenix's nose. About 75% of those imprisoned in AZ are in for non-violent "offenses". Pot is a felony here, period.)
Both CCA and Geo Group rely on financing from major investors to employ the powerful lobbying efforts in Congress and Federal agencies, as well as lobbying in state capitols across the country. One of the top investors in Geo Group is Wells, Fargo. W/F uses patron's money to support the private prison industry and bills like SB1070."
(*Prisons--no one gets "corrected" or rehabilitated"--they either ghave theire lives destroyed, or get so they can't make it on the outside (See "shawshank Redemption"), and repeat offend to get back in, or simply become "better " criminals.They get experience so it will be harder to get caught next time)
(Notes in parenthesis rere my words.)
Ref: "Arizona Republic":'Arizona to expand Private Prisons'; "The Dept. of Corrections: Private prison Growth Report" . Office of the Auditor General. Prisondivestment.worldpress.com. Werejectracism@gmail.com