The Controversy Over Private Prisons Essay

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*Views over private prisons can range anywhere from constitutional private industry to illegal, draconian atrocities. The controversy over private prisons in the United States has been raging since 1983, when Corrections Corporation of America [CCA] received its first contract from the U.S. Department of Justice (“CCA - Our History,” 2013). Supporters of private prisons believe they save taxpayers money, but opposers claim that private prisons consistently have worse conditions than their public counterparts. Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) lead the charge to end private prisons in the house, while private corporations like CCA and The Geo Group continue to insist that their prisons help communities and governments, while they rake in millions of dollars. Private prisons were first introduced in the United States after the Civil War. They were used in the South as a way to “re-enslave” African-Americans, forcing them to work on farm and work camps in terrible and sometimes deadly situations. The Convict Lease System - this system of privatizing prisons - was banned in the early 1900’s because of this history and the ethical problem between imprisonment and profit (Hunt, n.d.). Leading up to the 1980’s, State prisons started filling past their capacities, so citizens had been voting for prisons bonds to build new prisons. However, these bonds were expensive, and eventually voters began to say no to them. Soon, many States’ prisons…

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