How The For-Profit Justice System Is Screwing Innocent Families Of Prisoners (VIDEO)

Perhaps the most overlooked and underreported crisis in America is the privatization of the prison industry. “Free America” is anything but. The U.S. has more prisoners than any country in the world, including China, Iran and others that we generally consider human rights abusers. The United States houses about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (most of whom are minority and are victims of the drug war) with about five percent of the total population.

The entire system is made much worse with privatization, where some companies are profiting from housing prisoners. Other companies are profiting from selling supplies to prisons.

There has been extensive criticism of our for-profit prison complex, including accusations of the reintroduction of slave labor.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Image courtesy of Wikimedia

 

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.Source: Global Research

If prisoners performing jobs (for almost free) that can be done by the non-prison population doesn’t bother you, perhaps the fact that private prison contractors are also making money off of the families of prisoners?

The Center for Public Integrity did a profile on a string of companies, from prison bankers to corrections agencies, that are taking money from the pockets of the families who are already carrying the burden of having a potential bread winner in prison. Because prison pay typically doesn’t cover the cost of goods a prisoner might want to buy in prison, families often supplement. Some companies are charging families fees to send their relatives money. Others are charging fees for restitution payment and other services.

Here’s the video: