On Truthout.org, Dina Rasor has penned an incisive and frame-shifting analysis about the prison industrial complex. … there is an increasing industry incentive to criminalize as much behavior as possible in order to fill jail beds.
This comes, in large part as Rasor details, due to the rapidly emerging for-profit prison industry. But it also comes from individuals – such as guards (particularly true of the California prison guards’ union, for example) rural towns who rely on prisons for income, and the whole massive legal, judicial, and law enforcement employment system. [...]
Furthermore, the for-profit prison industry, as revealed by Rasor and others, is working to make anti-immigration laws more punitive, in order to make profits from housing those arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). [...]
[T]he prison industry needs to feed the beast of profit, corporate and personal.
As a result of wasting taxpayer money on arresting and jailing non-violent drug offenders and undocumented migrants, we are worsening the situation for Mexicans, Central Americans and South Americans. [...]
So even if you go into prison as a non-violent criminal, the brutal reality of jail may turn you into a real threat to society.
What it amounts to, in part, is that as a nation we have no real interest in providing jobs to the poor of our city or rural areas. It’s easier to create laws that will put them behind bars and give jobs to others to guard, feed, and parole them — and allow a prison-industrial complex to make a tidy profit, ultimately at the taxpayer’s expense.
And the drugs just keep on coming.
Please read the rest here.