Land Of The Inmate?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/22 13:51:10
The United States, land of the free, is home to a staggering 1.6 million State
and Federal prisoners. Evidence suggests that government largess—and the
profiteers who run the privatized American prisons where 128,195 U.S. inmates
reside—may have as much to do with incarceration as crime does.

One out of 86 adult Louisiana residents live behind bars— that is three times more people than are jailed in Iran and seven times as many as China, the paper reports.

Throughout the series, reporters describe Louisiana prisoners as “vehicles for profit” and explain that powerful prison lobbies have blocked reforms to the State’s multi-million dollar prison industry. While Louisiana may have the most prisoners, it certainly isn’t the only place in the Nation where incarceration is big business.

ProPublica breaks down the numbers in a recent report:

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  • cowboy 2012/06/22 14:09:47
    Here is the solution. Empty all of the prisons and haul them to the Rio Grande. Point them south and tell them that their new home is Mexico. They get this one time get-out-of jail free card. If they return they will be shot. After about 2 times of doing this, Mexico will build their OWN wall. And since a large part of those inmates were here from Mexico illegaly in the first place, they get to go vback home.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/22 13:54:27
    ~ The Rebel ~
    The millions the prison-industrial complex spends on lobbying each year is heavily focused on ensuring that medicinal marijuana reform is stalled, and in more recent years has been used to push for stricter immigration laws. The Huffington Post reports that illegal aliens make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population.

    While many Americans may favor harsh laws regarding immigration and drugs, the prison-industrial complex also routinely lobbies for draconian laws across the board. According to a Justice Policy Institute report, corruption of the judicial system can also result.


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