Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/15/prisons-are-using-pandemic-impose-lockdowns
A number of states have tried addressing this issue by releasing prisoners early. Some small few numbers of those released will then commit a crime. The right wing press and for profit prison industry will then make sure this crime reported on in the media over and over again so as to give the impressions there a pandemic of crimes being committed by these released prisoners.
2.3 million in prison is a gravy train of profits for the for profit prison industry and they will not tolerate any measures that lead to less in the way of profits.
If a prisoner dies they do not really care. The Judicial system is more then willing to send them more from the ready supply of poor that exist across the Country.
So they aren’t doing lockdowns any more - instead, they are doing the same thing but with a new name.