For-Profit Prison Companies Want More Crime
Our private, for-profit prisons need more crime to increase their bottom line.
Making more criminals for profit
With just five percent of the world's population, the United States has 25 percent of the world's population of people in jails. One out of every 100 Americans will sleep tonight behind bars, and the private, for-profit prison companies want to increase that percentage. To that end, they are paying lobbyists huge sums and contributing to governors and federal and state legislatures to see that no drugs are decriminalized, that our immigration problems remain unsolved, that the war on drugs continues unabated, and that longer prison terms are instituted.
There are two large for-profit private prison companies in America, Corrections Corporation of America, and GEO (formerly Wackenut). What follows is a word-for-word quote from the pages of GEO's latest annual report, which graphically states their mission:
"In particular, the demand for our correctional and detention facilities and services could be adversely affected by changes in existing criminal or immigration enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction, sentencing or deportation practices, and the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by criminal laws or the loosening of immigration laws. For example, any changes with respect to the decriminalization of drugs and controlled substances could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, sentenced and incarcerated, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them. Similarly, reduction in crime rates could lead to reductions in arrests, convictions and sentences requiring incarceration at correctional facilities. Immigration reform laws which are currently a focus for legislators at the federal, state and local level also could materially adversely impact us."
So there you have it folks.These companies are rooting hard for harsher sentences, tougher immigration laws, a change in immigration policy so that illegal aliens are incarcerated rather than deported, stiffer drug laws, and for crime to increase. They trade on misery, and they see people as nothing more than commodities, having no more value than a waste basket. How do these guys sleep at night?
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