Essay about Just Say No to Private Prisons

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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.

With the advent of New York's so-called "Rockefeller"
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Meanwhile, the California legislature has not authorized a new prison construction bond since 1992. As a result of the "Three strikes" law, prisons continue to fill at record rates. Recognizing the potential business opportunities, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has announced its intentions to build three new prisons in California, purely on speculation. One CCA executive was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying: "If you build it in the right place, the prisoners will come." CCA is currently building a $100 million facility in the Mojave Desert, gambling that California will soon need the space and be willing to pay handsomely for it.

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.

These corporations are run much like large

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