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10 Examples of How America Uses Prisons As a White Jobs Program and Profit Center

In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. A growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible. Approximately 13 million people are introduced to American jails in any given year. Incredibly, more than 6 million people are under “correctional supervision” in America, meaning that one in 50 Americans are working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation. The majority of those being held in federal prisons are convicted of drug offenses — namely, marijuana. Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is serving time behind bars.

 

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States Have to Guarantee Prisoners to Private Corporations

For Corrections Corp of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the leaders in the partnership corrections industry, prisons are a $70 billion gold mine. Two years ago, in an attempt to increase profits, CCA floated a proposal to prison officials in 48 states offering to buy and manage public prisons at a substantial cost savings to the states. In exchange, the prisons would have to contain at least 1,000 beds and states would have to agree to maintain a 90 percent occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.

 

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The Economic Recession Is Good for Business

Corrections Corp of America pointed out to potential state clients that private prisons comprise a unique, recession-resistant investment opportunity, with more than 90 percent of the market up for grabs, little competition, high recidivism among prisoners and the potential for “accelerated growth in inmate populations following the recession.” To make sure they have the ear of lawmakers — who write the sentencing regulations — CCA spent about $1 million in both 2009 and 2010 on direct lobbying expenses on the federal level alone. The company and its Political Action Committee further gave over $812,000 in federal and state political donations in 2009 and more than $722,000 in 2010.

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18 thoughts on “10 Examples of How America Uses Prisons As a White Jobs Program and Profit Center

  1. Frederick FreddyBlaq Burgess says:

    The occupancy clause in the state contracts is the most disturbing part of this.. If the state doesn't meet the 90% (in some states it's as high as 97%) CCA can sue the state for breach of contract..

  2. They have to stay at 90%? So if they're at 65% would that effect how an individual is sentenced? If so that is inherently corrupt and unacceptable.

  3. Jay Contreras says:

    This is the new plantation. Another way for mentally depraved sociopaths to make money off of our black backs and misery. This country will NEVER change. You cannot modify evil, you must destroy it.

  4. TherealWanda Jackson says:

    The New Jim Crow by author Michelle Alexander…Read it all…

  5. Frederick FreddyBlaq Burgess says:

    That judge in Philly that was getting paid from the juvenile faculty he kept stocked with new inmates..there you go. Tell all your friends, it's in the states financial interest to lock you up

  6. Ryan Bundy says:

    Are these private prison systems ran and staffed by white people only ?

  7. William James says:

    Dick Cheney was a great influence in getting prisons privatized. He is a major investor and makes millions from people suffering.

  8. William James says:

    Dick Cheney was a great influence in getting prisons privatized. He is a major investor and makes millions from people suffering.

  9. The article avoids following through on the title. How is it a whites job program? Are we supposed to assume it's true because some whites are racist and these prisons are outrageous? More evidence and logic is needed for the "white jobs program" argument. PTxS

  10. Len Conly says:

    Please post a link to this information.

  11. Len Conly says:

    Private prisons are an abomination and should be abolished.

  12. Kuni Leml says:

    For decades I’ve pointed out that the ruling Oligarchy’s corrupt security forces, i.e. what people call the police/law enforcement, is nothing more than welfare for big stupid white guys who cannot get real jobs.

    I can also understand why minorities want better representation when it comes to their members being hired by the ruling oligarchy’s various corrupt security forces, local, state, and national: It is like wining the disability lottery but with better pay & benefits and less stringent requirements.

  13. Len Conly says:

    Frederick FreddyBlaq Burgess I believe that judge has been sentenced to prison. Life would not be long enough for him.

  14. Frederick FreddyBlaq Burgess says:

    Yeah he got 28 years I think.. I just wonder how much that was going on across the country before that case exposed the problem

  15. Len Conly says:

    Talk about a conflict of interest: From the article – "Private prison operators have limited incentives to reduce future crime. While the empirical evidence is mixed, individuals released from private prisons may be more likely to commit future crimes than people released from publicly operated prisons."

  16. Along with the system being a problem is the perpetuated belief that young black men have no control over their entry into it.

  17. Yahya Ali says:

    Prisons as such should be abolished. A more Hue-Mane system should replace so-called " judicial system" which is just 'Slavery – oriented." Even with that, training to be a "asset to society" would be a more acceptable aspect.

  18. And you dumb ass negros keep going in for dumb shit filling up the cells, then if you get out, (if you ever) its a badge of honor. You've been had, you've been took, hoodwinked, led astray, run amuck….etc. Come to the Light of Al Islam and follow the discipline therein….

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