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Trump’s Big Boost to Law Enforcement Won’t Make Us Safer — It Will Make Corporations Richer


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Trump’s Big Boost to Law Enforcement Won’t Make Us Safer — It Will Make Corporations Richer

Emily Verdugo

Back in August, the Obama administration issued a memo that many hoped signaled an end to the government’s use of for-profit prison corporations. That memo, issued by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, stated that the Justice Department would stop contracting with CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) to run 13 federal prisons. This directive was a symbolic win for many of us who opposed these contracts, and we were thrilled when stocks in CoreCivic and GEO Group, another for-profit prison corporation, plummeted as a result.


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When everything becomes privatized, everything, including human beings, becomes a commodity! If this does not bother people enough to be a major scandal, then I fear that we have become, in the words of Henry Giroux, a "Culture of Cruelty".