As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company
The country’s biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.
SAMPLES OF POLITICAL INFLUENCE OBAMACARE NOT PRISON CARE
In the 2000 elections, private prison companies contributed more than $1,125,598 to 830 candidates in Southern states, and $96,432 to both the Republican & Democratic party committees.
· NORTH CAROLINA:
$40,675 to Gov. Michael Easley, most from Cornell Corrections and prison builder Ray Bell Construction;
· $22,156 to Candidate Richard Vinroot of North Carolina, who lost to Easley in the general election;
· $14,155, to Candidate Dennis Wicker of North Carolina, who lost in the primary to Easley.
$20,000 to Gov. Mike Foster (1999), from Corrections Corporation of America;
$7,300 to Gov. Ronnie Musgrove most from prison builder, Carothers Construction.
NORTH CAROLINA: legislators approved an expensive expansion of its prison system using private prison builders.
MISSISSIPPI: lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to fund private prisons.
GEORGIA AND FLORIDA: legislators killed laws the would limit private prisons and industry influence.
OKLAHOMA: a sentencing reform measure increased the number of crimes that get long sentences, ensuring large prisoner populations.
This Section of CORRECTIONS Features: Judith Greene Michael Hallett James Evans
PRIVATIZATION: To convert a public resource, industry, institution, task or service into the property of private individuals or business;
• a political process whereby certain functions of government are turned into for–profit businesses, given to private individuals or corporations;
• to make something that is available equally to the public the property of a private few.
‘PRISON’ PRIVATIZATION is when private businesses or individuals take over, own or operate prisons, for profit and as a business.
The first time private prisons were used in the U.S. was after the Civil War, when the South used imprisonment and criminalization to ‘re–enslave’ freed African Ameri- cans and keep them as free labor.
These private prisons existed as
plantations, farms & work camps,
with torturous conditions, and where many prisoners were literally worked to death.
Because of this history and the ethical conflict that exists necessarily between imprisonment and profit, private prisons were finally outlawed in the early 1900s, tucked away as one of the most horrific chapters of U.S. history.
- 6 Shocking Revelations About How Private Prisons Make Their Money (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- This Is How Private Prison Companies Make Millions Even When Crime Rates Fall (mamirva.wordpress.com)
- Huffington Post skewers private juvenile prisons in Florida (bizjournals.com)
- 5 Shocking Revelations About Hellish Private Juvenile Prisons and the Man Who Profits From Them (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- America’s private prisons have prison quotas where states must pay them for unused beds (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- Prison privatization: time to end the excesses (dailykos.com)
- What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don’t stay full (rollingout.com)
- Are Privately Run Prisons A Long Term Option? (drunkdrivingattorneyokc.wordpress.com)
- 6 Shocking Revelations About How Private Prisons Make Their Money (alternet.org)