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Prison and Profits


Prison and Profits

Christopher Brauchli

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
— Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

It turns out that the immigration crackdown that DJT’s ICE is pursuing, though hard on illegals and their families by producing terrible uncertainty for them, is not without its bright side. The light that provides a bright side is shining on the shares of stock in the Geo Group and CoreCivic, and on jails in a number of Texas counties.


Funny that the two largest for profit run prison companies thirty years ago, are still the two largest private prison companies today except that Wackenhut Corrections Corporation of Florida calls themselves the GEO Group now, and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has been rebranded as CoreCivic.
Private prisons represent one of the cruelest forms of slavery in America today, yet they are seldom mentioned much less recognized in any mainstream discourse. Everyone from travel agents to technical reps are employed for as little as $2 a day and then can subtracted by the prison for room and board as well as hyper-inflated prices at the corporate owned and run canteen.
Private prisons must be immediately and permanently closed down as they stand as a stark reminder of how easily the public can learn to accept cruel and unusual forms of punishment, as long as it is channelled to benefit shareholders. Any society that permits the enslavement of its most vulnerable population, solely to benefit private enterprise, creates an absence of empathy for one another and replaces a quest to develop a kinder and gentler society, with that of the sociopaths zero sum response to punishment; to financially gain from another's misfortune.
Finally, private prisons rely overwhelmingly of 'people of color' to pad their pocketbooks adding insult to injury to our long history of racism and arrogance. Concepts such as 'prison reform' and the idea that inmates can return to society as new and improved, is completely lost on the private sector to the point where parole may be denied simply because the inmate has become to valuable to the prison work force.
The rallying cry of the citizenry should not be "Keep government out of my life", but rather "Keep corporations out of my life!" before everything is reduced to nothing more than a value added product or service. Any society that can truly call itself just, must never allow the administration of justice to use imprisonment as anything other than a last resort and free of influence by corporate interests.