Essay about Just Say No to Private Prisons
Here's a frightening scenario: Ghetto dwellers, who cannot find meaningful and high paid employment, commit crimes with increasing ferocity and frequency. Then, upon being arrested, tried and convicted, they are sent to prison where they suddenly are employed doing the very same tasks they could not pursue in the real world.
Prisons are a growth industry in America, some even becoming major manufacturers and suppliers of day labor. It's happening right now, right here in the U.S., all in the name of profit margins. Wackenhut, Inc. and U.S. Corrections Corporation, two very large private security firms, are coming soon to a town near you.
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The $35 billion spent each year on corrections in this country has created a vast prison-industrial complex, with it's own set of bureaucratic, economic and political interests encouraging increased spending to keep it all afloat. Using fear and statistics, the major players have done quite well in acquiring lucrative market shares. Wackenhut, whose board of directors has been a veritable Who's Who of national security over the years, is currently setting up shop in California and now houses some 2000 minimum security inmates under contract with the state, with plans to accommodate many more.
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