Tell Congress: Ban private for-profit prisons
Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and poor people and people of color suffer the most at the hands of our out-of-control incarceration industry.2That’s partly because the corporations that operate for-profit prisons are primarily concerned with their bottom lines. To maximize profits, those corporations advocate for increased incarcerations and unreasonably strict parole and release laws. And they win.
Corporations should not be able to profit from mass incarceration.
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Prison profiteers view inmates as inventory, and they have succeeded in making it possible – via their lobbying dollars – to profit wildly from treating inmates as perishable goods (like groceries) rather than durable goods (like automobiles). Malnourishment, rotting teeth and untreated medical conditions are the norm.
Prison profiteers view their prison personnel as perishable goods, too, and – again via their lobbying dollars – have frozen or undercut wages, and undercut or taken away benefit packages. The flight of top notch personnel to employers that appreciate quality work is the norm.
In Florida, our legislators and governors have sold out corrections officers: Even C.O.’s that work their way up into management make less than Florida fish and wildlife officers.
Until profiteers are kicked out of corrections, it is reasonable to expect prison mortality stats to keep rising, like the mortality stats at Martin Correctional Institution available from the Florida Department of Corrections website, below.
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