Essay on Money As An Incentive For Putting People

1259 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Money as an incentive for putting people in prison creates a need for there to be people to be in prison whether people are committing crimes or not. The state government in Arizona had to pay a 3 million dollar fine because a private prison in Arizona did not meet 97% capacity (Ortega). Private prisons also give out twice as many infractions against inmates than state prisons, keeping prisoners there longer, and making it harder for prisoners to be released early for good behavior. Even though these infractions only add about three months to prisoners’ sentences, private prisons can make an estimate of $3,000 more per inmate (Canon). Private prisons also have influence on law makers and what laws get passed. According to the about section on the ALEC website; “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a forum for stakeholders to exchange ideas and develop real, state-based solutions to encourage growth, preserve economic security and protect hardworking taxpayers,” (ALEC), but ALEC also has a relationship with law enforcement companies including, The American Bail Coalition and CCA (Elk and Sloan). The CCA and GEO Group (another large private prison company) are two of ALEC’s largest cooperate sponsors. ALEC helped draft the “tough on crime” laws; mandatory minimums, three strikes law and the truth in sentencing laws (Elk and Sloan) (DuVernay). Private prisons and ALEC also use prison labor to create income for private prisons. In an interview on Democracy now,…

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