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Consider this: despite the fact that violent crime in America has been on the decline, the nation's incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Approximately 13 million people are introduced to American jails in any given year. Incredibly, more than six million people are under "correctional supervision" in America, meaning that one in fifty Americans are working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the majority of those being held in federal prisons are convicted of drug offenses -- namely, marijuana. Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is serving time behind bars.
"And this is where it gets creepy," observes reporter Joe Weisenthal for Business Insider, "because as an investor you're pulling for scenarios where more people are put in jail." In making its pitch to potential investors, CCA points out that private prisons comprise a unique, recession-resistant investment opportunity, with more than 90 percent of the market up for grabs, little competition, high recidivism among prisoners, and the potential for "accelerated growth in inmate populations following the recession." In other words, caging humans for profit is a sure bet, because the U.S. population is growing dramatically and the prison population will grow proportionally as well, and more prisoners equal more profits.
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An excellent example is the private federal jail in Central Falls, RI.. when they came in they made all sorts of promises and failed to deliver. A couple of years ago they received an chinese illegal, and failed to provide him with medical care and he died.
A legal shytstorm ensued, not only did they have to pay, but the feds decided to no longer detain illegals there.. so it compounded the financial cash flow issues...
CCA, Wackenhut and a few others monopolize this business.. and not much good will come from this.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
Contract management is a two-edged sword. It's good in that typically policy is based on business and fluff and feelings go out the window. It's bad because a corporation's bottom line is to make money (or they would not be in business). That said, when tough decisions need to be made or a person is in charge has an agenda (high profits) decisions are skewed. In a correctional facility, I'm guessing that the priority should be justice not profit.
Those 2 judges in PA who were getting paid to put kids away is still one of the more horrific crimes I've heard, all things considered.
there aren't many things more disgusting that predatory-sentencing like that for the sake of profit... yet another aspect of the business-positive mindset that makes a certain kind of people sociopaths in my view.
Opinion piece but it's a discussion that will eventually get the coverage it deserves in the MSM.
The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement.
He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments
As the months passed, rap music had definitely changed direction. I was never a fan of it but even I could tell the difference. Rap acts that talked about politics or harmless fun were quickly fading away as gangster rap started dominating the airwaves.
Only a few months had passed since the meeting but I suspect that the ideas presented that day had been successfully implemented. It was as if the order has been given to all major label executives.
The music was climbing the charts and most companies when more than happy to capitalize on it. Each one was churning out their very own gangster rap acts on an assembly line. Everyone bought into it, consumers included. Violence and drug use became a central theme in most rap music. I spoke to a few of my peers in the industry to get their opinions on the new trend but was told repeatedly that it was all about supply and demand. Sadly many of them even expressed that the music reinforced their prejudice of minorities.
WASHINGTON – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department announced today its findings that the state of Mississippi violated the constitutional rights of youth detained at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility (WGYCF). WGYCF is a 1,500-bed prison that houses young men aged 13-22 who were convicted as adults and are in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. WGYCF is run by the GEO group, a private prison company, under contract with the state.
The investigation, announced on Oct. 25, 2010, was in accordance with the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. CRIPA gives the Justice Department authority to seek a remedy for a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of prisoners in adult detention and corrections facilities. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 authorizes the Department of Justice to seek a remedy for a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional or federal statutory rights of youth in juvenile justice institutions.
The United States conducted an in-depth investigation, including an on-site inspection of WGYCF, accompanied by expert consultants in the areas of corrections, medical care and mental health care. Evidence reveals systematic, egregious and dangerous practices at WGYCF exacerbated by a lack of accountability and controls. The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct exists in several areas, including:
•Deliberate indifference to staff sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with youth;
•Use of excessive use of force by WGYCF staff on youth;
•Inadequate protection of youth from youth-on-youth violence;
•Deliberate indifference to youth at risk of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors; and
•Deliberate indifference to the medical needs of youth.
“Our findings show that due to the unconstitutional operation of WGYCF, youth were sexually preyed upon by staff and all too frequently suffered grievous harm, including death,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The widespread and significant deficiencies at the facility violate the Eighth Amendment’s mandate that imprisoned youth be protected from harm and provided with adequate medical and mental health care. The department looks forward to working with the state and its officials to address the constitutional violations by developing and implementing comprehensive remedial measures.”