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    How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

    How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

    Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private prisons. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the United States – GEO and Corrections Corporation of America – and their associates have funneled more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying efforts. Meanwhile, these private companies have seen their revenue and market share soar. They now rake in a combined $3.3 billion in annual revenue and the private federal prison population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute. Private companies house nearly half of the nation’s immigrant detainees, compared to about 25 percent a decade ago, a Huffington Post report found. In total, there are now about 130 private prisons in the country with about 157,000 beds.



    Why do we even have private prisons? Prisoners should properly be in the custody of the state, not some private entity with a profit motive. It seems like this might be one of the things contributing to our extremely high incarceration rate.

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    Not to mention the fact that every prisoner who does not represent a genuine threat to our society is draining substantial financial resources from our government, rather than contributing to our GNP.
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    The answer to all your questions is MONEY.

    As usual...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

    Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private prisons. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the United States – GEO and Corrections Corporation of America – and their associates have funneled more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying efforts. Meanwhile, these private companies have seen their revenue and market share soar. They now rake in a combined $3.3 billion in annual revenue and the private federal prison population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute. Private companies house nearly half of the nation’s immigrant detainees, compared to about 25 percent a decade ago, a Huffington Post report found. In total, there are now about 130 private prisons in the country with about 157,000 beds.



    Why do we even have private prisons? Prisoners should properly be in the custody of the state, not some private entity with a profit motive. It seems like this might be one of the things contributing to our extremely high incarceration rate.
    I'm not sure which is the worst abomination, private prisons or the ability of wealthy corporations to purchase congressmen. We seriously need to do away with both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

    Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private prisons. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the United States – GEO and Corrections Corporation of America – and their associates have funneled more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying efforts. Meanwhile, these private companies have seen their revenue and market share soar. They now rake in a combined $3.3 billion in annual revenue and the private federal prison population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute. Private companies house nearly half of the nation’s immigrant detainees, compared to about 25 percent a decade ago, a Huffington Post report found. In total, there are now about 130 private prisons in the country with about 157,000 beds.



    Why do we even have private prisons? Prisoners should properly be in the custody of the state, not some private entity with a profit motive. It seems like this might be one of the things contributing to our extremely high incarceration rate.
    I really don't see why having a financial-incentive to incarcerate people would be an issue. It's not like these private companies have executives who contribute to political campaigns to influence our politicians, policies, and laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I'm not sure which is the worst abomination, private prisons or the ability of wealthy corporations to purchase congressmen. We seriously need to do away with both.
    They are likely one in the same and part of the same abomination - because I'm sure it was wealthy corporations who lobbied for these for-profit private prisons to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I really don't see why having a financial-incentive to incarcerate people would be an issue. It's not like these private companies have executives who contribute to political campaigns to influence our politicians, policies, and laws.
    Oh no?

    Corruption:
    Grove C.F.
    Operation Polar Pen
    Youth Services Corp.

    Lobbying:
    CCA
    The Geo Group
    MTC
    ALEC

    To name a few
    EDIT: And that's just the US
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    Oh no?

    Corruption:
    Grove C.F.
    Operation Polar Pen
    Youth Services Corp.

    Lobbying:
    CCA
    The Geo Group
    MTC
    ALEC

    To name a few
    I was being sarcastic. ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I was being sarcastic. ^^
    Hard to tell.

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    Seems the single motivation in support of Privately run prisons is that it saves the state money.

    The WIKI on the topic provides a lot of content. For and against. And how the subject is addressed around the world.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_prison

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