Sunday, January 24, 2016

Private prisons tip of iceberg in profit-based corrections

While a great deal of attention is paid and criticism is devoted to private prisons, the truth about profit-based corrections remains more pernicious. As these infographics from In the Public Interest depict, private companies profit from almost every function of the American criminal justice system:




6 comments:

From Dallas said...

THE HORROR OF PRIVATE PRISONS
2015: "Prisoners at Willacy protested horrid conditions, noting spiders and insects crawling into inmates’ tents and biting them, raw sewage overflowing in toilets, excessive solitary confinement and a lack of basic medical care, according to the ACLU, recapped here by Mother Jones.
In fact, conditions have been terrible at Willacy for some time, Mother Jones wrote. The private prison, run by a Utah-based company called Management & Training Corporation, opened in 2006 after contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But Mother Jones said ICE relocated its detainees in 2011 after abuse reports came out noting “guard-on-inmate sexual violence and maggots in the food.” .....
In a report on for-profit prisons last year (2014), John Oliver stated on his program that GEO Group and CCA made a combined $3 billion in 2013. The CCA promotes rehabilitative programs on its site. However, the company promotes private prisons to their investors as a good venture thanks to “high recidivism” rates, Oliver remarked.
These issues tend to arise when prisons are run like businesses. Reports show for-private prisons are notorious for worse conditions than their state-run counterparts, and often cut corners on equipment, food and inmate security."
Reported by the Houston Chron. in 2015

THEY ARE A DISGRACE! Who in Texas Government is ALSO profiting from this inhumane practice?

Anonymous said...

I believe this is an excellent flowchart illustrating "vendor grabs" and their strong lobbying influence.

Unfortunately, even if an offender paid everything 100% and complied with all the regulations, their CCH will contain the same CCH information disqualifying them from a job interview same as if they had just plead to serve out time.

PAPA said...

Many Financial Institutions, Politicians are invested as stock holders in the Private Prison for Profit. If the STATE cannot take care of their own then the prison industry needs to be shut down especially for the non violent. Look at the Feds, the largest prison system in the USA - for profit? The Constitution/Bill of Rights says that Federal Government are not to be in businesses and what have they done the last several years take over businesses which include prisons. The prisons should be for murderers, rapist, child molesters, spies, espionage, terrorist, "WE THE PEOPLE" demand that American's Industrial Prison System for Profit be cleaned up and cleaned out and stop the states from making money of the backs of it citizens inside or outside the prison systems. Thank You

Anonymous said...

I agree standards need to increase and be monitored but privately controlled companies will always do a better job than the taxpayer funded Government/State.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see how counties make crime pay, just look at the constables in Dallas and Harris Counties. This cancer is spreading now to Montgomery county constable races. The big issue is expanding their empire to the smaller counties:

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/pct-constable-challengers-lean-toward-office/article_17735e13-158b-5c1d-aa37-31b460ec0082.html

Larry Coffin said...

I fully agree with you on everything. However, I would need to point out that according to the FBI, U. S. Justice Dept, and many, many studies, the recidivism rate for registered sex offenders is .08% to 5%. The state is wasting tens of millions of wasted taxpayer dollars and wasted utilization of law enforcement. If the legis and the public would do their homework and get off the hate wagon, the state would have more dollars to pour into the criminal justice system.