I came across this particularly disturbing video today, which outlines the prison labor force in the United States. The prisoner workforce is touted as a cost effective alternative to outsourcing jobs to other countries, yet this ignores the fact that the whole issue with outsourcing jobs is taking away American jobs, which private prisons does not combat, as it simply forces (prisoner work is mandatory) certain groups of Americans to serve large corporations for extremely low pay. So these corporations essentially own this workforce that they get to rent out to other companies for a price. The most troubling part of this whole system is that these prison corporations spend millions of dollars a year on lobbying in order to ensure that these prisons are kept as full as possible. Americans are being put behind bars who would otherwise not be except for the increasingly harsh penalties which are paid for by these private prison corporations. This is no more than a nefarious plan to maintain a slave labor force.
I asked in a post the other day, “who is collecting the debt to society?”, and the answer is: these bloated, greedy corporations, who steal freedom to make profit. How can this system, which is blatantly broken, be persisting–and GROWING–in a country that claims to be concerned with human rights? The answer is a lack of awareness and misinformation pushed by these enormous corporations.
Spread the word! These private prison corporations put forth a wealth of misleading stats that suggest that they might do a better job than the government when it comes to rehabilitating our citizens, however, the raw facts suggest that the only thing that they are more effective at is making money for themselves at the expense of all others and infringing upon human rights.
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