This is an important video. Privately owned prisons are altering the very fabric of our society. They are not invested in prisoner education, reform or providing services to help them succeed after incarceration. They want prisoners to return. Being privately owned they benefit from keeping costs down by providing less than adequate food and shelter. many times they are short staffed and poorly supervised. As you will see in this video the big private prisons are lobbying and throwing money anywhere that they can to keep prison populations at high levels. They lobby against immigration reform, as well as legalization of marijuana.
Here are some facts found in this video:
From the years 1990- to 2009 prison populations in the US ave increased by 1600%.
Crime rates have decreased over the past decade.
Private prisons have spent $45 million towards lobbying from 2002-2012. (That does not include outright bribes, etc.)
Some states enter into contracts with the big private prisons that state that if the prison population falls below 90-100% that the state will provide more prisoners or pay for the empty beds.
On any given day 70,000 kids are in detention centers.
Nearly HALF of the prisoners in state prisons are in for non-violent offences.
This is not a left wing or right wing issue. This is a human issue.