The Profit Of Prisons By Angela Y. Davis Essay

767 Words Jul 14th, 2015 4 Pages
The Profit of Prisons
In the United States our prison system has become an enormous, privately owned profit baring monster that depletes the funds for social welfare programs while encouraging a vicious cycle where instead of help, more people are imprisoned. In Angela Y. Davis’ essay “Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex” she dives into this multifaceted issue and the damaging effects of profiting from the work of prisoners and how funding for social welfare programs takes a back seat to prison funding and how the racial bias in the criminal justice system factor into it. Davis argues that prisons have become an overused solution to removing people from society, even for minor offenses where the chance for change or rehabilitation is next to impossible. Davis’ essay supports my theory on how we as a country use social destruction and the punishment of being poor and a minority as an avenue to put money into the pockets of the wealthy.
Imprisonment has become a part of normal life for people in lower income communities. We are told it is a solution to crime, the only way to eradicate our streets of blood and drugs. But, has it? All I see is more social demise. Davis’ states that “homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages” (82). The humanitarian in me has a hard time wrapping my head around this…

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