Prison is big business in the US—the industry itself is worth $40 billion a year. Add to that the hundreds of billions entailed in lawyers, courts, judges, bailiffs, court reporters, District attorneys, it probably is near a TRILLION a year industry. That is one big gun loaded and pointed at a lot of poor, hungry, desperate, jobless people. No wonder that in the last decade, overcrowded state prison systems have begun to rely on private prison contractors to house inmates, and some of these companies have been very successful. These for-profit prisons, as one might expect, have become notorious for violations of inmates’ basic constitutional rights.
The populations of these private prisons are also growing rapidly. During 2005, the number of federal inmates incarcerated in this way increased by 9.2 percent and the number of state inmates by 8.8 percent. Overall, around 107,000 of the country’s inmates are now incarcerated for profit, though many more prisons contract out services such as food, sanitation and clothing.
It should be noted that the same companies employed to manage burgeoning prison populations in the US were tapped when the American military needed jails in Iraq—to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts.
In the final analysis, the figures cited in this report contribute to a portrait of a society in an advanced stage of social decay.
In the United States can be found levels of social inequality of unique and historic proportions. More billionaires than any other country in the world—more than half of the world’s billionaire population—live in America, and these 400-some people between them control more than $1.25 trillion.
In the US, the average CEO now earns hundreds of times the wage of the average worker. A tiny layer at the top of American society lives in conditions of luxury and extravagance insulated from and largely incomprehensible to the overwhelming majority of the population, and this tiny layer, through its enormous economic assets, asserts its control over all of America’s major political, social and economic institutions.
This social layer, when it encounters a complex social problem, is chronically incapable of solving it in a progressive manner; its responses are generally characterized by ignorance and shortsightedness, on the one hand, and brutality, on the other.
Faced with a social fabric that is coming apart at the seams, this elite responds by criminalizing and incarcerating a larger and larger proportion of its own population.
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