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Private Prisons: The More Americans They Put Behind Bars The More Money They Make

Private Prisons: The More Americans They Put Behind Bars The More Money They Make - Photo by Tony HisgettHow would you describe an industry that wants to put more Americans in prison and keep them there longer so that it can make more money?  In America today, approximately 130,000 people are locked up in private prisons that are being run by for-profit companies, and that number is growing very rapidly.  Overall, the U.S. has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has 5 percent of the total global population.  The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire globe by far, and no nation in the history of the world has ever locked up more of its own citizens than we have.  Are we really such a cesspool of filth and decay that we need to lock up so many of our own people?  Or are there some other factors at work?  Could part of the problem be that we have allowed companies to lock up men and women in cages for profit?  The two largest private prison companies combined to bring in close to $3,000,000,000 in revenue in 2010, and the largest private prison companies have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past decade.  Putting Americans behind bars has become very big business, and those companies have been given a perverse incentive to push for even more Americans to be locked up.  It is a system that is absolutely teeming with corruption, and it is going to get a lot worse unless someone does something about it.

One of the keys to success in the private prison business it to get politicians to vote your way.  That is why the big private prison companies spend so much money on lobbying and campaign contributions.  The following is an excerpt from a report put out by the Justice Policy Institute entitled "Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies"...

For-profit private prison companies primarily use three strategies to influence policy: lobbying, direct campaign contributions, and building relationships, networks, and associations.

Over the years, these political strategies have allowed private prison companies to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration and thus greater profit margins for their company. In particular, private prison companies have had either influence over or helped to draft model legislation such as "three-strikes" and "truth-in-sentencing" laws, both of which have driven up incarceration rates and ultimately created more opportunities for private prison companies to bid on contracts to increase revenues.

If you can believe it, three of the largest private prison companies have spent approximately $45,000,000 combined on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past decade.

Would they be spending so much money if those companies did not believe that it was getting results?

Just look at what has happened to the U.S. prison population over the past several decades.  Prior to 1980, there were virtually no private prisons in the United States.  But since that time, we have seen the overall prison population and the private prison population absolutely explode.

For example, between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons grew by about 1600 percent.

Overall, the U.S. prison population more than quadrupled between 1980 and 2007.

So something has definitely changed.

Not that it is wrong to put people in prison when they commit crimes.  Of course not.  And right now violent crime is rapidly rising in many of our largest cities.  When people commit violent crimes they need to be removed from the streets.

But when you put those criminals into the hands of private companies that are just in it to make a buck, the potential for abuse is enormous.

For example, when auditors visited one private prison in Texas, they "got so much fecal matter on their shoes they had to wipe their feet on the grass outside."

The prisoners were literally living in their own manure.

How would you feel if a member of your own family was locked up in such a facility?

And the truth is that there seem to be endless stories of abuse in private prisons.  One private prison company reportedly charges inmates $5.00 a minute to make phone calls but only pays them $1.00 a day to work...

Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.

Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.

Speaking of work, private prisons have found that exploiting their inmates as a source of slave labor can be extraordinarily profitable.  Today, private prisons are stealing jobs from ordinary American workers in a whole host of industries.  The following is from an article by Vicky Pelaez...

According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.

And many of the largest corporations in America have rushed in to take advantage of this pool of very cheap slave labor.  Just check out some of the big names that have been exploiting prison labor...

At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call “highly skilled positions.” At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month.

But of course some of the biggest profits for private prisons come from detaining young people.  Today, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all "youth correctional facilities" in the United States.

And sometimes judges have even been bribed by these companies to sentence kids to very harsh sentences and to send them to their facilities.  The following is from a report about two judges in Pennsylvania that were recently convicted for taking money to send kids to private prisons...

Michael Conahan, a former jurist in Luzerne County, was sentenced on Friday to 210 months in custody by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik II. Conahan was also ordered to pay $874,000 in restitution. [...] As Main Justice reported in August, Ciavarella, former president judge of the Court of Common Pleas and former judge of the Juvenile Court for Luzerne County, was sentenced to 28 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $965,930. [...]

Conahan’s role in the “cash for kids” scheme was to order the closing of a county-run detention center, clearing the way for Ciavarella, once known as a strict “law and order” judge, to send young offenders to private facilities. This arrangement worked out well for Ciavarella and Conahan, as well as the builder of the facilities and a developer, who pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

The arrangement didn’t work out so well for the young offenders, some of them sent away for offenses that were little more than pranks and would have merited probation, or perhaps just scoldings, if the judges had tried to live up to their oaths.

Are you starting to see why private prisons are such a problem?

Hundreds of kids had their lives permanently altered by those corrupt judges.

When you allow people to make money by locking other people up in cages, you are just asking for trouble.

The more Americans they put behind bars, the more money these private prisons make.  It is a system that needs to be brought to an end.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that private prisons are a good idea or a bad idea?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below...

They Will Lock You Up Too If They Get The Chance - Photo by Barnellbe

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  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    THIS DUDE SAY’S IT ALL!!!!!From Dylan Grice of Edelweiss Holdings

    Would the real Peter and Paul please stand up?

    In a previous life as a London-based ‘global strategist’ (I was never sure what that was) I was known as someone who was worried by QE and more generally, about the willingness of our central bankers to play games with something which I didn’t think they fully understand: money. This may be a strange, even presumptuous thing to say. Surely of all people, one thing central bankers understand is money?

    They certainly should understand money. They print it, lend it, borrow it, conjure it. They control the price of it… But so what? What should be true is not necessarily what is true, and in the topsy-turvy world of finance and economics, it rarely is. So file the following under “strange but true”: our best and brightest economists have very little understanding of economics.Take the current malaise as prima facie evidence.

    Let me illustrate. Of the many elemental flaws in macroeconomic practice is the true observation that the economic variables in which we might be most interested happen to be those which lend themselves least to measurement. Thus, the statistics which we take for granted and band around freely with each other measuring such ostensibly simple concepts as inflation, wealth, capital and debt, in fact involve all sorts of hidden assumptions, short-cuts and qualifications. So many, indeed, as to render reliance on them without respect for their limitations a very dangerous thing to do. As an example, consider the damage caused by banks to themselves and others by mistaking price volatility (measurable) with risk (unmeasurable). Yet faith in false precision seems to us to be one of the many imperfections our species is cursed with.

    One such ‘unmeasurable’ increasingly occupying us here at Edelweiss is that upon which all economic activity is based: trust. Trust between individuals, between strangers, between organisations… trust in what people read, and even people’s trust in themselves. Let’s spend a few moments elaborating on this.

    First, we must understand the profound importance of exchange. To do this, simply look around you. You might see a computer monitor, a coffee mug, a telephone, a radio, an iPad, a magazine, whatever it is. Now ask yourself how much of that stuff you’d be able to make for yourself. The answer is almost certainly none. So where did it all come from? Strangers, basically. You don’t know them and they don’t know you. In fact virtually none of us know each other. Nevertheless, strangers somehow pooled their skills, their experience and their expertise so as to conceive, design, manufacture and distribute whatever you are looking at right now so that it could be right there right now. And what makes it possible for you to have it? Exchange. To be able to consume the skills of these strangers, you must sell yours. Everyone enters into the same bargain on some level and in fact, the whole economy is nothing more than an anonymous labor exchange. Beholding the rich tapestry this exchange weaves and its bounty of accumulated capital, prosperity and civilization is a marvelous thing.

    But we must also understand that exchange is only possible to the extent that people trust each other: when eating in a restaurant we trust the chef not to put things in our food; when hiring a builder we trust him to build a wall which won’t fall down; when we book a flight we entrust our lives and the lives of our families to complete strangers. Trust is social bonding and societies without it are stalked by social unrest, upheaval or even war. Distrust is a brake on prosperity, because distrust is a brake on exchange.

    But now let’s get back to thinking about money, and let’s note also that distrust isn’t the only possible brake on exchange. Money is required for exchange too. Without money we’d be restricted to barter one way or another. So money and trust are intimately connected. Indeed, the English word credit derives from the Latin word credere, which means to trust. Since money facilitates exchange, it facilitates trust and cooperation. So when central banks play the games with money of which they are so fond, we wonder if they realize that they are also playing games with social bonding. Do they realize that by devaluing money they are devaluing society?

    To see the how, first understand how monetary policy works. Think about what happens in the very simple example of a central bank’s expanding the monetary base by printing money to buy government bonds.

    That by this transaction the government has raised revenue for the government is obvious. The government now has a greater command over the nation’s resources. But it is equally obvious that no one can raise revenue without someone else bearing the cost. To deny it would imply revenues could be raised for free, which would imply that wealth could be created by printing more money. True, some economists, it seems, would have the world believe there to be some validity to such thinking. But for those of us more concerned with correct logical practice, it begs a serious question. Who pays? We know that this monetary policy has redistributed money into the government’s coffers. But from whom has the redistribution been?

    The simple answer is that we don’t and can’t know, at least not on an amount per person basis. This is unfortunate and unsatisfactory, but it also happens to be true. Had the extra money come from taxation, everyone would at least know where the burden had fallen and who had decreed it to fall there. True, the upper-rate tax payers might not like having a portion of their wealth redirected towards poorer members of society and they might not agree with it. Some might even feel robbed. But at least they know who the robber is.

    When the government raises revenue by selling bonds to the central bank, which has financed its purchases with printed money, no one knows who ultimately pays. In the abstract, we know that current holders of money pay since their cash holdings have been diluted. But the effects are more subtle. To see just how subtle, consider Cantillon’s 18th century analysis of the effects of a sudden increase in gold production:

    If the increase of actual money comes from mines of gold or silver… the owner of these mines, the adventurers, the smelters, refiners, and all the other workers will increase their expenditures in proportion to their gains. … All this increase of expenditures in meat, wine, wool, etc. diminishes of necessity the share of the other inhabitants of the state who do not participate at first in the wealth of the mines in question. The altercations of the market, or the demand for meat, wine, wool, etc. being more intense than usual, will not fail to raise their prices. … Those then who will suffer from this dearness… will be first of all the landowners, during the term of their leases, then their domestic servants and all the workmen or fixed wage-earners … All these must diminish their expenditure in proportion to the new consumption.

    In Cantillon’s example, the gold mine owners, mine employees, manufacturers of the stuff miners buy and the merchants who trade in it all benefit handsomely. They are closest to the new money and they get to see their real purchasing powers rise.

    But as they go out and spend, they bid up the prices of the stuff they purchase to a level which is higher than it would otherwise have been, making that stuff more expensive. For anyone not connected to the mining business (and especially those on fixed incomes: “the landowners, during the term of their leases”), real incomes haven’t risen to keep up with the higher prices. So the increase in the gold supply redistributes money towards those closest to the new money, and away from those furthest away.

    Another way to think about this might be to think about Milton Friedman’s idea of dropping new money from a helicopter. He used this example to demonstrate how easy it would theoretically be for a government to create inflation. What he didn’t say was that such a drop would redistribute income in the same way more gold from Cantillon’s mines did, towards those standing underneath the helicopter and away from everyone else.

    So now we know we have a slightly better understanding of who pays: whoever is furthest away from the newly created money. And we have a better understanding of how they pay: through a reduction in their own spending power. The problem is that while they will be acutely aware of the reduction in their own spending power, they will be less aware of why their spending power has declined. So if they find groceries becoming more expensive they blame the retailers for raising prices; if they find petrol unaffordable, they blame the oil companies; if they find rents too expensive they blame landlords, and so on. So now we see the mechanism by which debasing money debases trust. The unaware victims of this accidental redistribution don’t know who the enemy is, so they create an enemy.

    Keynes was well aware of this insidious dynamic and articulated it beautifully in a 1919 essay:

    By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. … Those to whom the system brings windfalls… become “profiteers” who are the object of the hatred…. the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.

    Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

    Deliberately impoverishing one group in society is a bad thing to do. But impoverishing a group in such an opaque, clandestine and underhanded way is worse. It is not only unjust but dangerous and potentially destructive. A clear and transparent fiscal policy which openly redistributes from the rich to the poor can at least be argued on some level to be consistent with ‘social justice.’

    Governments can at least claim to be playing Robin Hood. There is no such defense for a monetary driven redistribution towards recipients of the new money and away from everyone else because if the well-off are closest to the money, well, it will have the perverse effect of benefitting them at the expense of the poor.

    Take the past few decades. Prior to the 2008 crash, central banks set interest rates according to what their crystal ball told them the future would be like. They were supposed to raise them when they thought the economy was growing too fast and cut them when they thought it was growing too slow.

    They were supposed to be clever enough to banish the boom-bust cycle, and this was a nice idea. The problem was that it didn’t work. One reason was because central bankers weren’t as clever as they thought. Another was because they had a bias to lower rates during the bad times but not raise them adequately during the good times. On average therefore, credit tended to be too cheap and so the demand for debt was artificially high. Since that new debt was used to buy assets, the prices of assets rose in a series of asset bubbles around the world. And this unprecedented, secular and largely global credit inflation created an illusion of prosperity which was fun for most people while it lasted.

    But beneath the surface, the redistributive mechanism upon which monetary policy relies was at work. Like Cantillon’s gold miners, those closest to the new credit (financial institutions and anyone working in finance industry) were the prime beneficiaries. In 2012 the top 50 names on the Forbes list of richest Americans included the fortunes of eleven investors, financiers or hedge fund managers. In 1982 the list had none.

    Besides this redistribution of wealth towards the financial sector was a redistribution to those who were already asset-rich. Asset prices were inflated by cheap credit and the assets themselves could be used as collateral for it. The following chart suggests the size of this transfer from poor to rich might have been quite meaningful, with the top 1% of earners taking the biggest a share of the pie since the last great credit inflation, that of the 1920s.

    Who paid? Those with no access to credit, those with no assets, or those who bought assets late in the asset inflations and which now nurse the problem balance sheets. They all paid. Worse still, future generations were victims too, since one way or another they’re on the hook for it.

    So with their crackpot monetary ideas, central banks have been robbing Peter to pay Paul without knowing which one was which. And a problem here is this thing behavioral psychologists call self-attribution bias. It describes how when good things happen to people they think it’s because of something they did, but when bad things happen to them they think it’s because of something someone else did. So although Peter doesn’t know why he’s suddenly poor, he knows it must be someone else’s fault. He also sees that Paul seems to be doing OK. So being human, he makes the obvious connection: it’s all Paul and people like Paul’s fault.

    But Paul has a different way of looking at it. Also being human, he assumes he’s doing OK because he’s doing something right. He doesn’t know what the problem is other than Peter’s bad attitude. Needless to say, he resents Peter for his bad attitude. So now Peter and Paul don’t trust each other. And this what happens when you play games with society’s bonding.

    When we look around we can’t help feeling something similar is happening. The 99% blame the 1%; the 1% blame the 47%. In the aftermath of the Eurozone’s own credit bubbles, the Germans blame the Greeks. The Greeks round on the foreigners. The Catalans blame the Castilians. And as 25% of the Italian electorate vote for a professional comedian whose party slogan “vaff a” means roughly “f**k off ” (to everything it seems, including the common currency), the Germans are repatriating their gold from New York and Paris. Meanwhile in China, that centrally planned mother of all credit inflations, popular anger is being directed at Japan, and this is before its own credit bubble chapter has fully played out. (The rising risk of war is something we are increasingly worried about…) Of course, everyone blames the bankers (“those to whom the system brings windfalls… become ‘profiteers’ who are the object of the hatred”).

    But what does it mean for the owner of capital? If our thinking is correct, the solution would be less monetary experimentation. Yet we are likely to see more. Bernanke has monetized about a half of the federally guaranteed debt issued since 2009 (see chart below). The incoming Bank of England governor thinks the UK’s problem hasn’t been too much monetary experimentation but too little, and likes the idea of actively targeting nominal GDP. The PM in Tokyo thinks his country’s every ill is a lack of inflation, and his new guy at the Bank of Japan is revving up its printing presses to buy government bonds, corporate bonds and ETFs. China’s shadow banking credit bubble meanwhile continues to inflate…

    For all we know there might be another round of illusory prosperity before our worst fears are realised. With any luck, our worst fears never will be. But if the overdose of monetary medicine made us ill, we don’t understand how more of the same medicine will make us better.

    We do know that the financial market analogue to trust is yield. The less trustful lenders are of borrowers, the higher the yield they demand to compensate. But interest rates, or what’s left of them, are at historic lows. In other words, there is a glaring disconnect between the distrust central banks are fostering in the real world and the unprecedented trust lenders are signaling to borrowers in the financial world. Of course, there is no such thing as “risk-free” in the real world. Holders of UK cash have seen a cumulative real loss of around 10% since the crash of 2008. Holders of US cash haven’t done much better.

    If we were to hope to find safety by lending to what many consider to be an excellent credit, Microsoft, by buying its bonds, we’d have to lend to them until 2021 to earn a gross return roughly the same as the current rate of US inflation. But then we’d have to pay taxes on the coupons. And we’d have to worry about whether or not the rate of inflation was going to rise meaningfully from here, because the 2021 maturity date is eight years away and eight years is a long time. And then we’d have to worry about where our bonds were held, and whether or not they were being lent out by our custodian. And of course, this would all be before we’d worried about whether Microsoft’s business was likely to remain safe over an eight year horizon.

    We are happy to watch others play that game. There are some outstanding businesses and individuals with whom we are happy to invest. In an ideal world we would have neither Peters nor Pauls. In the imperfect one in which we live, we have to settle for trying hard to avoid the Pauls, who we fear mistake entrepreneurial competence for proximity to the money well. But when we find the real thing, the timeless ingenuity of the honest entrepreneurs, the modest craftsmen and craftswomen who humbly seek to improve the lot of their customers through their own enterprise, we find inspiration too, for as investors we try to model our own practice on theirs. It is no secret that our quest is to find scarcity.AMEN!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kleinkamp Joe Kleinkamp

      Wow! It took a while to get through it but that is one of the best explanations of how new or printed money spurs inflation and how it happens in a manner that most people never consider. Thanks Smash for posting this. I will google this Dylan Grice and hope to find more of his informative writing both for my own consumption as well as to pass on to family and friends (if they can be persuaded to take the time to read it.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.cannon.357 Charles Cannon

      I don’t get it. You are saying that money funneled to a private prison by crooked politicians and crooked investors who make money from inhumane treatment of prisons, of some whom should not even be imprisoned, is due to inflation somehow. That’s the part I don’t get.

      I get the rest of it. There’s no trust and that’s for sure. The top 1% and the wealthy crooks hide everything while expecting everyone else to pay their way. The Federal Reserve and the Central Bank are even more corrupt. And, there’s blame directed at everyone for the bad economies.

      But expecting the modest man to bring us out of this mess is plain old BS. The ones who need to be locked up and their assets sold off are the big boys at the top who have raped the economy – members of the Federal Reserve and those with their ponzi schemes. The men who built America built it on the backs of the working man who were not allowed to share any of the profits, ie., the Rockafellas and Morgans. So big deal that we got a railroad system and oil wells; they raped this country and their successors will continue to do so if they are not stopped.

      There are a lot of wasted words in your post. Getting down to the nitty gritty and putting blame where it belongs is what has to be done now to straighten out our country and the world. The big boys need to topple and give up assets that are strangling the economy.

      • Greg Skomaroske

        Instead they will kill off 200 million poor people and leave the useless wealthy people in tact. I think they plan to do this by starting a war in our country and exposing people to disease such as MRSa and others and then they will not call it murder but instead, accidental death. It is actually “the culling” and Genocide and i don’t see people getting together to stop it yet. I see the government using the CIA and the FBI to harm our own people here in the USA.

  • JW

    The idea of locking people up for long periods of time is the truly criminal thing. If you really believe that long incarceration is necessary the truly just thing would be to either execute them or exile them if feasible.

    The incarceration system is just slow, long term torture ending, in many cases, in death. The idea that putting people’s lives on hold for decades, then dropping them on the street to figure out what next, is positively ridiculous on the face of it. The idea that this is justice, or even practicality, strains credulity.

    Slave labor has always been a characteristic of the prison system. Think of jokes about prisoners making license plates if nothing else. The rise of for profit private prisons simply puts this idea on steroids and returns slavery to the norm of American life.

    Indeed, it is just a question of how far you want to go. If the illuminati are out to reduce the population as often claimed then such institutions should, as Adolf Hitler’s extermination camps, make an important contribution to the plan.

    The feces ridden prison mentioned in the article suggests that these places are not really meant to be correctional institutions. Rather, they appear to be places where the last profit may be extracted from those marked for termination. Presumably not yet up to speed.

    The U.S. has long championed itself as the last best hope of mankind. A light in the darkness if you will.
    It is more likely that it should be thought of as an estate among the estates of Lucifer himself.

    In an earlier article the author of this article wrote about the difficulties of emigration. Perhaps, whatever the difficulties, all who can should get out while the getting is good. The difficulties of getting out of Germany in the late 1930′s (or earlier) were probably great for many people but considering what happened later staying may have made the price look cheap.

    • K

      Perhaps if I had young children, I would leave the Country. But I do not. This Country is turning to Fascism. We better find a way to stop it. Do any of you really think the world would tolerate, a Fourth Reich? If the most powerful military on earth went fascist, do you think the world would do nothing? On positive proof, of such an event. I would expect a massive first strike against the U.S. The world remembers the evil of Fascism. I would not expect the nations of the world, to give it a second chance.

      • Robert (qslv)

        Unfortunately, the same thing is happening in Europe, China, Russia, N Korea and the Middle East. Who is left to put a stop to it?

        • kathy k

          God

          • Ralfine

            Yes, let’s sit down with chips and beer and a good reality show, and wait for god to fix things.

            Pray that he will remove our diabetes and heart disease and cancer, too.

          • K

            How sad to have so much hate. What happened to you? No one belittles you, for your lack of faith. If you do not believe God exists. Why do you hate him so much?

          • Ralfine

            Nothing to do with god. Just with people who sit down waiting for their entitlements from god (or the government) to arrive.

          • Efficient Pilgrim

            So God has given us a way to defeat these anti-christ money grubbers but we just sit on the couch waiting for Him to do it for us? I agree.

      • Greg Skomaroske

        i actually hope they do strike us if this government don’t stop their cruel tortures of Human beings like myself who was illegally medically experimented on since i was just 16 years old intentionally allowing doctors in Wisconsin to be causing me to have extreme nerve pain and now i am being left untreated without pain medications cause i have caught the doctors doing this and i have been telling everyone. They brought me up on 3 false and fraudulent felony charges to silence me and i was found guilty just 2 days ago and i am facing 18 years in prison with sentencing on sept 5th 2013. i bite the hand of the one officer and pinched the leg of another because they were suffocating me! It was all on video tape and the jury came back and said that it was clear to them that i wasn’t suffocated! i uploaded the video to you tube if anyone wants to see it but somehow the sound got all mixed up by the FBI altering it i think and you can’t hear the officer admitting to shoving his fingers into behind my ears and the officer said that he wasn’t doing that when he was on the stand! I can’t even stand the way i feel about the jury being siuch useless human beings that they would take the side of the police so uneducatedly!!!
        !

        • Greg Skomaroske

          maybe the jury members should be taken to prison or shot and put in a hole somewhere if the appeals court finds that they messed up so badly on what is factual eye witness and ear hearing events??!!!

    • WorldTraveler

      Excellent comments. Locking humans in tiny cages until they go insane is criminal, in my opinion. Also, making the victim pay to jail the offender (through taxes) is ridiculous. Why not make the offender pay back the victim? The only people winning are the legal system and the prisons. Does sending a theif to prison restore the stolen property, or the value of the stolen property, to the victim? Also, if the offender goes insane, develops emotional and psychological issues, or becomes a victim of crime themselves, while in prison, how does that benefit society?

  • K

    There is just no end to the greed, in this Country. Already they have locked up a judge, for putting people away for a kickback. Who did not see that coming. What next? Do away with the minimum wage? I know repeal the child labor laws. We need to get those 8 year olds, back in the coal mines. How about orphanages for profit, or do we already have those. People this Country is sick, and getting sicker every day.

    • RICHARD

      It is called moral decay! We used to be a country that cared about it’s people, now were a country that cares more about things.

      • K

        That is a big part of it. But also we lock people up for anything. We have 5% of the worlds population. But we have 25% of the worlds prisoners. Less than half the people in prison, have committed a crime of violence. Now a child gets unruly in school, do we send them home with a suspension? No we arrest them. A six year old child, brings a bubble gun to school. She is arrested, and charged with making a terroristic threat. A six year old! We lock people up for feeding the hungry, if we do not like where they are feeding them. Then with those people out of the picture. We lock up the hungry, for going through dumpsters trying to find something to eat. Being homeless in many areas, is against the law. When there is no justice, the people start to ignore the laws.

        • Chris Perez

          Speaking of violent crimes, “violent” doesn’t even mean violent. It’s a legal designation to enhance sentencing. I was deemed “violent” even tho there was no weapon and nobody was harmed, threatened, or even touched!

          • K

            That is what I mean, by no justice.

          • Mondobeyondo

            There actually are some clear-cut definitions as to what “violence” is. I’m sure that most people would consider pointing a semi-automatic rifle at an innocent person (or even a guilty person) to be “violent” behavior. But you don’t even need weapons. Going out on the town, visiting the local clubs and doing your Bruce Lee imitation on unsuspecting people – that would be violent.

        • http://www.facebook.com/greg.skomaroske Greg Skomaroske

          MY COMPLETE RESPECT TO THOSE LIKE YOU WHO ARE AWAKE!

      • Hannahoneybee

        Not really. After legal slavery ended, the greedy business owners needed a new way to obtain cheap labor. This has been happening for a long time, but now they are getting really good at it.

    • Jack Lohman

      Look, guys, this nation has ONE and only ONE problem … crooked and greedy politicians. Who pretend to be little Gods but instead take campaign bribes to do anything to advance their
      personal wealth, even against the best interests of the state. And we have idiot voters who don’t yet understand, and keep voting them back in. ONLY a 100% turnover in 2014 will move us forward.

      • K

        Certainly, it is the main problem.I have been trying for years, to get people to vote for third party candidates. But they just will not do it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/greg.skomaroske Greg Skomaroske

          I’m not so sure we have legitimate elections at all after the last 3 or 4 elections! Remember the “hanging chad ballots” in Florida where Bushs’ brother just so happen to be governor? corruptions comes first and far most out of our government and te FBI because they are the ones who are suppose o stop it and if they are not stopping it, they obviously are promoting it!!

          • K

            You could be correct. If just once people would vote third party in enough numbers. We would soon enough know if the ballots are rigged.

      • Mondobeyondo

        It’s not just the politicians, It’s practically everyone. A functioning democratic society is at least partially based on trust. These days, you can’t trust anyone. Scams are everywhere, and everyone’s out to make a quick buck, at your expense, of course. How sad.

    • Mondobeyondo

      “Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around” – and that’s especially true of the United States.

      Got enough cash? You can literally buy your justice. O.J. Simpson did it. (yes, that’s a double entendre, hee!)

      • K

        Mondo, I know that is true. But at least at one time. People got upset about it. There is just no fight left, in most people.

  • cannuck21

    Michael, Good but dreadfully sad article. You might wish at some point to post just how much it costs to keep an inmate in prison per day – per month or per year; compared to how much is spent on a child’s education over the same period? And we in the West wonder why…

    • Jagrick

      Very good point. The private prisons love to have marijuana convictions as they are most likely not violent and get lots of years.

    • WorldTraveler

      Why not use the money for education and job training instead? This money could be used to help people find their purpose and their calling in life, instead of just locking them in a tiny cage.

  • DiscouragedOne

    The whole system is a mess, yet private is usually more efficient than public anything.

    • Ralfine

      That’s why Auschwitz was privately run.

  • paulanderson

    I hate to say it but I think more people need to go to prison longer than they do…people just aren’t afraid to commit crimes because they know they won’t be going for long…

    • hhabana

      You are absolutely right. No, I don’t think a guy with an ounce of pot should do a year. How about a week of digging and doing grunt work. I do think that too many people in this country commit violent crimes. So, are you suggesting we let them out? How about at your house? Punishment, hard labor, caning as in Singapore, and finally execution. Sorry, I’m not the bleeding heart writing this article.

    • Kansan

      Where do you get your information?

      There are over 200 people in California doing life in prison for shoplifting.

      There were 13 people who were exonerated for murder from the Illinois death row. Most had been framed by the same few cops.

      40,000 immigrants are being “detained” at a cost of up to $146 per day paid for by our taxes. Most are gardeners, cooks, carpenters, maids, dishwashers, fruit pickers, roofers, nannies, stablehands, etc. They’re about as dangerous as Girl Scout cookie salespersons.

      George Zoley, the board chair of GEO Group, was making $1.3 million a month, a couple of years ago. Wayne Calabrese, the GEO CEO was making $1 million a month. In 2006, CCA’s Board Chair John Ferguson made $22.5 million.

      What does that mean? A for-profit prison guard who worked 40 hours a week with killers would have to work for three years to make as much as Ferguson made every day, two years to make as much as Zoley made daily.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Life in prison for SHOPLIFTING? Seriously?

        Child molesters, yes. (Actually, the death penalty would suit them just fine, but that’s just me.) Rapists, yes .Murderers, yup. Drug cartel members, yes. Bank robbers – depends on the amount stolen and what it was for. “Dude, I had to do it to pay my mortgage and feed my kids!” Okay, reduced sentence.

        But life in prison for stealing lipstick at Walgreens?… no.

        “Hey bro, what you in for? ”
        “Um, I stole a bottle of Aquafina from Walmart.”
        “You got 20 to life for THAT?!?”

        • Neil

          A guy in California got life for stealing a slice of pizza. It was this third strike. Somehow they charged the theft as a felony. Google it and see.

  • markthetruth

    “Institutionalized America”

    A Pattern of Control Aka. Private and Public CULTS

    Prison
    Rehab for Addictions
    Mental
    Senior Assisted Living (Baby Booming)
    College (Bias Agendas)
    Military
    Unions
    Foster Homes
    Welfare
    Religious
    Government

    Soon We will all be Controlled By Society Cults Divided into Institution Skill Pools. Each will have it’s on Benefits (Even Criminals)

    Work is becoming a 24/7 Institution, no more 8 hr work day (on call all Day for same Pay) if a Robot can do it so can you.

    the end…

    • Mondobeyondo

      You forgot “Up With People”. (Whatever happened to them??)

      • markthetruth

        Eaten Up By
        Social Media(FB) / Entertainment

        Big Corps know where to Funnel their Money.

        the end…

  • Mondobeyondo

    When it boils down to it – it’s all about the money.

    Cop pulls you over for a broken tail light, or because you ran over a squirrel. Whatever. He has to write you up a ticket, to make his “quota”. Otherwise, he may be the next person to be laid off.

    Private prisons must find a way to keep you imprisoned, otherwise they’d go out of business. “But I didn’t do it!” you say. Uh-huh, Right, buddy. Let’s review your case. Ah yes. Squirrel murder, second degree. Automatic 5 year sentence. Ka-ching!!

    So, is it all about the cash? Well — local city government is broke. State government – broke. Federal government – broke. Citizens – broke. Can’t raise taxes, already squeezed the last drop of blood out of that turnip. So, why not the prison system?

    • Day2Day

      Mondo, have you heard that they are now enforcing the “move-over law” in AZ, where if someone is pulled over you have to get in another lane… they are writing people $150 dollar tickets!

      Idk if you’ve seen them, but there are signs all over the 101 that say “Move over AZ”

      Talk about revenue generating…

      • Mondobeyondo

        No, haven’t seen those signs (but I haven’t been on the 101 in awhile, I usually travel on I-17, but my car’s broken down right now, so…)

        That is simply insane. They will do anything to get extra money from citizens. The Phoenix transit system raised bus fare from $1.75 to $2.00 on March 1st. Has service improved to compensate for the increased fare? Of course not. It’s WORSE.

        “Well, the turnip’s been squeezed dry, let’s see how much blood we can draw from this granite rock!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    I call it Prison University. If you were not a criminal going in you most certainly will be coming out.
    People that have been in prison often end up going back. The reasons are many. Most often the reputation of being from Prison U. keeps them away from finding jobs. The other reason is future shock. By the time they have gotten out, the entire world around them has become alien. They went in with one set of technical skills and come out and the entire world has changed. Those original skills might not be up to par.
    As for neglect in prisons it is there for anyone to see. So why aren’t the authorities doing something about it? Money seems to play a big part in this prison system and lack of decent facilities.
    Our country was built on the prisons systems of Europe in the 17-18th centuries. I find it ironic that we have one of the worst in the world as your article seems to indicate.

  • Paul

    Mind boggling the U.S prision population has quadrupled in only four years. On July 1st, 1987 the U.S population was about 242 million. Today in the U.S is at 315 million.
    So yes Michael you are 100% correct, something definately has changed. And like our economy going down the toilet, it really stinks.

  • Paul

    sorry I meant 27 years.

  • Paul

    Mind boggling the U.S prision population has quadrupled in only 27 years. On July 1st, 1987 the U.S population was about 242 million. Today in the U.S is at 315 million.
    So yes Michael you are 100% correct, something definately has changed. And like our economy going down the toilet, it really stinks.

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  • Steve

    Second posting since the one under the picture did not post here.

    Gee shades of history repeating itself from 1933 to 1945 in Germany.

    Those camps were slave labor leased to big names to include Bayer ! The most infamous ones are Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau), Auschwitz III (Monowitz). Some other ones were Treblinka, Dachau, Sobibor, Buchenwald, et. al.

    Seems to me Private Prisons and Companies using the inmate labor as slave wages DID learn from the SS. Shame most Americans don’t even know what I just wrote about. A pity, A Shame.

  • aliceinwonder

    How can we find out what products are made in these prisons? Can you say BOYCOTT?

    • Ralfine

      Just ask your supplier. If in doubt, don’t buy.

      If they want your money, they will either make it a law to buy from them, or they will publish their suppliers.

  • aliceinwonder

    Muslim recruiting in rampant in prison. There’s another problem to add to the problem!!

  • WarriorClass3

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    At what point do you consider government illegitimate?

  • markthetruth

    So CHINA spent all these growing by Leaps and Bounds

    they forgot to clean the house. Now they have Polluted Air,Water,Soil and wildlife. Now they need Sanford and Sons to help move the junk we shipped there to Mars.

    the end

    • Ralfine

      China permitted her people to be used as cheap labour. That’s how China got foreign currency.

      Most of the production in China is done for American and European corporations for export to America and Europe.

      With China raising minumum wage and oil getting more expensive, employing local prisoners in the US is far cheaper.

      You can’t control the Chinese, but you can always drown out reports about American human rights abuses by flooding the media with reality shows and reports about shootings, and commercials of allyoucaneat.

  • euroguy

    When it comes to crime, americans are crying. When it comes to gun control, they getting upset. You wanted it, you got it.
    Weapon is the gratest business in the world not private prisons. You got the basic right to possess an arsenal and die as a hunted animal.
    Thomas Jefferson is probably turning in his grave at
    what US became.
    However, the natural beauties there are amazing. That’s why we’re envious.

    • Ralfine

      America would be so nice, if there just weren’t so many Americans.

      But the same goes everywhere.

  • markthetruth

    “NO WAY OUT”

    How can the Fed ever Raise the interest rates.

    False Growth will = no growth

    Lower Wages and Keep Going lower

    Rates will Ruin False Housing Recovery

    No more Free cars until they repossess them gimmick

    Corporate earnings Disappear = more layoffs

    Inflated Inflation

    Living to 150 = Retirement age 130 Insane

    Low wages+Higher Rates + Inflation = More Poverty

    the end…

  • Katman

    Many innocent people are incarcerated for VICTIMLESS CRIMES – which makes a mockery of the administration of justice. The elements of crimes are; 1. something happens. 2. the act is intentional – otherwise it is an accident. 3. someone or someone’s thing is damaged or harmed.

    Without All 3 elements being present – there is NOTHING to discuss b/c NO ONE is harmed.

    The jurisdiction, the authority of the courts &

    “Peace Officers” is ONLY vested when a crime occurs.

    The Peace Officer MUST witness the crime –

    1st hand knowledge.

    NO CRIME – NO CASE.
    NO CONTRACT – NO CASE!

    Would an Attorney lie to you?
    That’s there job & by definition -
    an Attorney is 1 who twists the truth.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “What if the federal government decided if its own powers were proper and constitutional? What if the Constitution were no longer the supreme law of
    the land? Why if you needed a license from the government to speak, to assemble or to protest against the government? What if the government didn’t like what you planned to say, and so, it didn’t give you the license? What if the right to keep and bear arms only applied to the government? What if posse comitatus, the federal law that prohibits the military from occupying our streets, were no
    longer in effect? What if the government considered the military an adequate dispenser of domestic law enforcement? What if cops looked and acted like
    troops and you couldn’t distinguish the military from the police? What if the government could decide when you were and were not entitled to a jury trial?
    What if the government could take your property whenever it wanted? What if the government could continue prosecuting you until it got the verdict it wanted? What if the government could force you to testify against yourself simply by labeling you a domestic terrorist? What if the government could torture you until you said what the government wanted to hear? What if people running for
    president actually supported torture? What if the government tortured your children to get to you?……What if freedom’s greatest hour of danger is
    now?”—Judge Andrew Napolitano

  • Handog

    Imagine how high unemployment would be if the powers that be didn’t keep people locked up. How high would it be if they stop causing wars and down sized the for profit military. The next generation has a choice. Join the armed forces, travel the world. See new places. See new people. Shoot them. Or go to jail.

    • Mondobeyondo

      At the risk of sounding too George Carlin-ish…

      “Join the Army! Experience different cultures! Meet new people! And then kill them!”

  • markthetruth

    Does the POPE have any influence on the world Social and Moral ethic anymore.

    As it seems the Social and Moral ethics direction is taking everyone down . As much as people believe in their religion they are “Temped to no ends to SIN” in the world we live in.

    the end…

  • Anonymous

    Great article, Michael! As the private prison industry grows, so does their lobbying power. There may be pressure on politicians to cut funding for public defenders, thereby increasing the risk of the innocent being wrongly convicted. It’s truly Kafkaesque!

  • The dude

    Make it easy…anyone who commits a level 1 felony should be put to death,all others put on a chain gang fixing up the decaying infrastructure.Work them till they die….Once you have a criminal record,you’re nothing but a waste in society today.If college graduates can’t find work,what do you do with the human waste?

    • Ralfine

      That includes bankers, I assume? Lawyers, doctors, accountants as well?

      And corrupt politicians, judges, police?

      Or just the homeless pizza thief?

  • markthetruth

    It’s Called “IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME” and for a lot of Prisoners they have no chance of life outside of prison and even if released will commit a crime just to get back in as it becomes HOME to them. Food, Shelter, Medical ext. Beats Living on the street, eating out of garbage and drinking out of used cans. Thanks to us

    the end…

    • Ralfine

      Yes, undercut the local businesses with $1 per day. Then take in their former employees after they get arrested for being homeless.

  • Evelyn Isis Osiris Baha Allah

    Well it looks like the British owned United State Corporation sit up on American soil .. is making it’s big move against the American people … it took a long time to finally see that the enemy of the Country is the State … and to see how the businesses of the British owned United State Corporation has enslaved and imprisoned the people of America … OOHHH how often have Americans been beguiled to pledge allegiance to the State and not to America …

    • Ralfine

      Well, in Europe, the UK is often seen as a puppet of the US.

  • Synick46

    Consider this:

    Prison labor is even more profitable than slave labor, because the taxpayers pay the prison operators for their slaves. They get money coming and going. It’s the ultimate scam.

  • Crocodile

    Michael, you should read what Yuri Bezmenov said about the Subversion of America.
    Maybe you alreadey read it ?

  • sharonsj

    You didn’t mention that most of the privatization is being done at the state level by Republican legislatures. And it’s not only prisons. Here in PA they’re trying to privatize our state liquor stores even though they make a profit. Wanna bet the governor and the legislature either have stock in the private company or have taken “gifts” from them?

  • TKS

    If this trend continues, it may be a matter of time before debtors’ prisons return.

  • Karie

    Keep up your great articles Michael. This one is spot on! The whole prison system is big business and I wish there were an effective way to expose this crime and bring it down and replace it with an efficient and fair system but unfortunately I think it is just going to have to implode and collapse under its own weight of corruption and greed…just like the rest of our country.
    Am sharing.

  • Patriot Alice

    Private or public, the idea is the same…Every company or department have their reasons for expanding their industry…Higher taxes pays for either…

  • Mondobeyondo

    And you wonder why the U.S. has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the entire world…it has little to do with rehabilatation, and a lot to do with making profits.

    (File this under “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm”)

  • J Lyshitski

    It costs $54 a day to keep a person in prison, which comes out to $75 million a day nationally. That’s $28 billion a year. When you think about it, wouldn’t it be cheaper just to let us keep your g0*amn car stereos?

  • Excellentation Jaironation

    …and who are most of the inmates in these prisons….. Black people!! More than 80% of these inmates are black. I think there is a conspiracy within the government trying to keep the black man down. Just because we have a half-black president doesn’t change anything. Race relations in this country have been even more tense since he got into office.

  • Excellentation Jaironation

    …in addition…the government is not telling us who the black people really are. I believe the blacks are the true Hebrews descended from Hebrews of the Bible. There have been books written about this and significant research on this as well. Wake up people!

  • drbuzzsaw

    Michael
    Not to change the subject but:
    My Son was notified by Bank of America his account was being transferred to Arvest Bank. He went down to his local B of A and talked to the Branch Manager who told him that every account in our state had been sold/transferred to Arvest Bank as of April, as B of A was going out of business in our state and several other states in our region as well. Looks like B of A will no longer be a nation wide bank. Sounds like B of A is having financial problems, have you heard anything along these lines?
    Keep up the good work.
    Tony L. (Pray Hard/Prep Fast, time is short)

  • Troy S

    Please also note and study , it’s not only private prisons but also state and federal prisons. Back in 1993 Ohio received $75,000 from the federal government for each new offender and they received $35,000 for each repeat offender. Prisons are big Buisness .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596731290 James B. Hixson

    All prisons should be operated by a government agency, not private interests. No profits should be made from peoples incarcerations. If the whole prison system were to be privatized. Who would be responsible for carrying out the death penalty?

  • jo6pac

    So invest in private stock is that what this about? Sorry but the war agaisnt drugs is the bggest crimes agaist the citizens of Amerika citizens if not the worlds then there is e the war agianst anyone the goes agiaisnt Amerika

  • peaceangel

    Preparation for the Internment Camps—-it can only get worse!

    Because there are millions of young men in America who I have worked with who chose “career criminal” over taking care of their kids and families and themselves and actually getting a job, I am glad to see they are working and I don’t care if they are paid anything at all.

    Steaks on the grill, three square meals daily, cable TV and the best workout equipment and basketball courts, etc are only SOME of the reasons that prison is a revolving door for millions of young and older men. They think nothing of committing one more crime just to go back to that lifestyle and that crime will be perpetrated on a totally innocent unsuspecting victim.

    So, make them work and send the money to their baby mamas on the outside who are also on government support while they are living off the taxpayers inside.

    And they lots of knew tricks and crimes while in prison so maybe work will slow that down a little bit.

    • Ralfine

      Private prisons are undercutting legitimate businesses and are responsible for proper businesses going down and not being able to provide proper jobs.

      It’s a vicious cycle.

  • Dave

    This is a very negative trend. Quite scary really. Let’s face it crime is big business and isn’t that what America has become. We have become one giant blood sucking corporation that is trans-national. The vampire of world corporatism wants its pound of flesh from each of us. One Senator had the courage to filibuster against the use of Drones to kill Americans on American soil? Can you believe that he was viciously attacked for that by other ‘respectable’ Senators and the media attacked him for being shrill and whiny. What the devil has happened to due process in this country? Where are we headed?

  • Ralfine

    The land of the unfree. Time to change the national anthem?

    China just announced to change their labor camp scheme. Or rehabilitation camps, as they call them. Up to now tye village chief can send away people without trial for up to three years.

    Hooligans, for example. And since there never was a law against homosexuality in China, they were classified as hooligans.

    The Internet might have placed a role in changes – any arrest, any raid was made public immediately.
    Economic interests might have helped as well.

    I remember a raid in a gay disco in South China 20 years ago, when the foreigners refused to leave the place without their local friends. And these foeigners were only in China for business and investment and trade and diplomatic reasons. It would be very unsmart to beat up their friends as usual and load them onto trucks.

  • Ralfine

    Don’t be fixated on Hitler.

    Look at the people behind him, especially the business people.

    They found Hitler, financed him, gave him reign and put him in the spot light.

    Look for the people in the shadow. They didn’t change.

    About 10 years ago a database on the Internet was taken offline that showed these connections. It had dossiers of all those persons and their connnections. And there was a graphic

  • markthetruth

    Work Sharing bill offers alternative to layoffs N.M.
    Soon all states.

    Under the bill, companies would have the option of agreeing with the state to trim the hours for several employees instead of layoffs.

    Affected employees would get partial unemployment benefits to make up some of the difference. and the business would still have to keep paying existing benefits.

    I Mention this last month that they will get around this sequester one way or another , and in the end it “Does not Cut Spending” and will make job cuts numbers look better. More and More ways to pay for Positive numbers and employers will somehow abuse the program.

    the end…

    • Ralfine

      Basically the taxpayer subsidises the companies by paying the employees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregge.k.johnson Gregge K Johnson

    Michael ,Thank you for your response about suggestion on IRS. The IRS is a privately owned corporation by the Federal Reserve on the island of Puerto Rico. All Income taxes,and confiscated funds that are collected are CODE 12 to The World Bank ,IMF,and Federal Reserve to Puerto Rico. I still can not find out how many Americans are having there funds garnished . However retired agents and friends at FDIC say over 54%. Maybe The Congresional Budget Office

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.cannon.357 Charles Cannon

    Huge amounts of money are wasted on private prisons and have become political money makers for the wealthy. That money should be spent on rehabilitation outside of private prisons. We made sure that Guantanamo treated prisoners humanely but we have these hell hole private prisons in America that are unhealthy and inhumane? Once local politicians and crooked judges are involved, a prison will only go downhill because of graft and corruption. Do away with them entirely.

  • Washington76

    The Value of Money Mises Daily: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Jörg Guido Hülsmann

    http://mises.org/daily/6380/The-Value-of-Money

  • citizen1

    I have seen this corruption 1st hand. There are more crooks running the legal system than those they are “correcting”. Attorney, Cops and Judges. It’s a disgrace. Even Public Defenders are working to fill prisons with those they represent. The judges are on the take, and ignore the laws and fair justice. I was recently told by a prominent local attorney, he won’t practice in Pinellas County, Fla, any longer because nobody ever wins a case. Everyone’s guilty. He now commutes to a different county to practice law… Judges here were forced to resign because they had a competition amongst each other, based on who could sentence 1 million years in prison first… Pretty sad.

  • HerrinSchadenfreude

    Let’s not forget in the benefits category:

    - Free rape from your race’s prison gang to convince you to join.

    - Free shank in the abdomen from another race’s prison gang for joining your race’s prison gang.

    - Free shank in the abdomen from your race’s prison gang for attempting to get guards to keep you safe from prison gangs, or to get out of your race’s prison gang.

    - Unlimited free baton strikes and bean bag gun shots from guards for attempting to insist upon your rights to be treated according to internationally recognized laws on human rights.

    - Unlimited free baton strikes and bean bag gun shots from guards for attempting to insist upon rights to access materials in prison libraries vital to presenting your case.

    - Unlimited and free access to solitary confinement as a fun alternative choice of lifestyle should other benefits listed above not suffice.

    - Free access to unlimited pets of your own choosing (choices: rat, sewer roach. Others subject to availability)

    - Free cases of scabies and other such diseases of contact that stem from exposure to bedding and community clothing not properly sanitized.

    - Complimentary All Access pass to Drug Mule Adventure where you get to participate in real live drug trade by shoving vital supplies/product up your butt to get it in and out of the prison for your gang or else be considered “a problem” or possible snitch.

    - Immediate and permanent placement on the highly prized Victim of Circumstance list where virtually anyone, at anytime, can decide that due to your proximity to something or someone, you are complicit and subject to the same prison justice as if you were in fact the inmate under suspicion for wrongdoing.

  • 2Gary2

    I thought you conservatives loved privatization so much?

  • HEAVENBOUNDTOO

    the end is almost here,it will get even worse before it gets any better.money,money, money, is what this world is all about, instead of JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, he has much more to give then money or gold.ETERNAL LIFE,ETERNAL LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE.PRAISE MY LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  • Maggieann42

    Now what do we do about it. Rockford Illinois judge and states attorney are tag teaming and putting people in jail. They are failing people on drug tests through tasc on last drops to leave the program and then they are violated and sent to prison and it is their right to have another test and the judge refuses and charges them with a new case and a large bond. I have been watching this go on in the courtroom it’s disgusting.

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  • WorldTraveler

    Job training and education works. It is so expensive, many Americans can not afford it for themselves. Why not use the prison money for job training and education instead?

    http://www.homeboyindustries.org/what-we-do/faq/

  • Rick

    this is a national disgrace. anything lawyers are involved in will be corrupt.

  • Ben from Maine

    Very very bad.

  • Asbegh

    Hic

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.backest Monica Backest

    It’s a horrid subject to run across & read about the past few days as I have done. It defys logic that anyone with an IQ below & above 70 would entertain such a concept. They are not acting covertly about the corruption of lobbying to see laws passed that ensure a steady stream of flesh catching felonies that should be offered medical & psychological treatment/in patient lock down treatment./sentencing, so to speak. As I understand it THAT is not even an option. I also understand many are simply being convicted for drugs. No crime commited in relation to being charged with possession merely. Researching prisons since the french reveloution it is extermely clear there is something more sinister going on. The targets are weak & just caught partying with something besides alcohol or in need of medical care. They are socioecnomic disadvantaged & minorities a huge % of them. Science has proven that schitzaphrenia can be enviromentally induced by years of living in extreme poverty as well as genetically predisposed. Add abuse, messed up family dynamics, lack of opportunity for equality in education & employment, predjuace & rasism & BAM !! No need being a genius to figure this out. The blantant pompas-asses signing on to this are inhumane, oppressive & evil !

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.backest Monica Backest

    They are conspiring against blacks & people of color. They don’t care that some of their own white race are getting picked up as well. It is socioecnomic predjuce & holier than thou attitudes shining the hate they think they have hidden. Mix all that up with the need for power with a love & worship of greed & thus the end result in the year 2013. There is a LARGE part of American population that think if you are poor you are lazy, stupid & useless. They really think that. They can’t fathom that one can have the ability to self learn & be as educated as a person with a formal degree or just because one is poor that does not mean they don’t work. It is their utter contempt toward the babies & children of depressed challenged part of this population that shows the true nature of the heartless, mindless, spinless sub-human beings they are. They will rot in hell for this. Any higher power or if one chooses not to have one-ok, you don’t treat babies & kids inhumane with thought, word or deed. A piper will come calling in this life or afterlife & there will be a price to pay!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.backest Monica Backest

    They are also speaking of the court judges hands being tied, when proscuaters can will & deal charges around from enhanced down to immunity to catch a bigger fish they’drat her fry-that explaination of having no choice but to go by the mandated law is out the window IMO.

  • Ephy

    It’s a very short-term plan. China sends their prisoners to work in Africa to build infrastructure while Americans are playing greed and not think about their citizens. Instead American companies along with the government are only thinking for NOW. No long term plan.

  • jimminy

    A multi-ethnic empire demands a police state and massive amounts of prisoners. This was always going to happen in the US once we opened the borders. And as someone who owns private prison stocks and is making fantastic money because of them, I say wonderful. The more prisons and prisoners the better for my bottom line. Business is booming with no let up in sight!

  • jiminy

    A multi-ethnic empire always goes this route. A police state is guaranteed in this type of nation, so the wise have been heavily investing in prison labor with profitable crime rates assured as we go forward. This is simply fantastic. With more and more 3rd-world people moving in to the country and birthing at outstanding rates, assuring more and more unskilled people, our prison population – workforce – is going to continue to grow. This is a booming industry with no slowdown in sight!

  • Dreamer1

    And we feel that we have the right to designate mortality and overthrow” corrupt and inhuman” foreign leaders to bring freedom to their people through democracy. Land of the free and home of the brave. Right. And Santa Claus really lives at the North Pole. Between our young men and women who are coming home with wounds that will take a life time to heal if they live that long. Young children who don’t know what’s good touch and bad touch because we have strangers molesting them in public while their parents and everyone else stands by and watches. Immoral policy makers who are seeking to declare pedoophiles as a normal behavior that is not particularly harmful long term to its victims. Wide spread human slave trade that has caused a human life to be worth less than at the peak of the slave trade without taking inflation into account. Detention prisons housing children of immigrants in your lical neighborhood. Parking systems and meter systems sold for pennies to foreigners. Immigrant visas for sale through US law as private interest free loans to individuals. Banks which pay insulting interest rates while charging usory ratea for using our money.. What happened to the dreams of our forefathers? Why is no one being held accountable for the rape and pillage of America and its people?

  • Charles Savoie

    I looked at the directors of CCA recently. Several of them have “signals” that they could be Pilgrims Society members. That’s the top secret society on Wall Street and worse than that—the British Royal family—who still want to retake their “colonies” here—are the sponsors of this group, which always includes the USA President (see Google images “President Pilgrims Society.”) Henry Kissinger and Paul Volcker are vice presidents of this shadow organization (as of 2006). This group does not release rosters to public view, because it has more to hide than any other group in history, part of its roots are in the Chinese opium “trade” England staged to steal many tens of thousands of tons of silver from China.

  • rockyvnvmc

    I thought that slavery was prohibited in the US, following the Civil War… It seems that it is alive and well, festering in private, for profit prisons !

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