Sunday, August 11, 2013

Orange Is the New Color of Greed

Orange Is the New Color of Greed
Privatization of Prisons in America
I started watching Orange Is the New Black on Netflix the other night and wound up getting a bit intrigued, which normally doesn't happen because shows about prison and our unjust penal system annoy the hell out of me. The public prison system has capitulated to privatization and like all FOR-PROFIT institutions it has become permeated with a robber-baron mentality of greed. thinkingblue

Private Prisons: The More Americans They Put Behind Bars The More Money They Make
EXCERPT:  Overall, the U.S. has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has 5 percent of the total global population.  The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire globe by far, and no nation in the history of the world has ever locked up more of its own citizens than we have.  Are we really such a cesspool of filth and decay that we need to lock up so many of our own people?  Or are there some other factors at work?
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