Slave labor in prisons is a fact.
Outsourcing important factory and warehouse jobs at a paltry 25 cents an hour is common for large corporations running prison operations is also a fact.
Not only is the 13th Amendment loophole continually exploited – permitting slavery “as a punishment for crimes” – the entire system for which it is based is criminal.
Corporations spend millions of dollars in lobbying to change what constitutes a “crime.” Consequently, hard labor is also defined. Profit margins soar while those incarcerated complete jobs that otherwise should be given to the unemployed outside prison walls.
Profit margins soar while those incarcerated complete jobs that otherwise should be given to the unemployed outside prison walls.
It’s a double-edged sword. Those who’ve committed crimes should be punished – but not at the expense of society.
While many worldwide continue their struggle to make ends meet as unemployment soars, “mass incarceration provides a gigantic windfall for one special interest group – the private prison industry – even as current incarceration levels harm the country [America] as a whole,” states the ACLU in a release on their website.
Privatising crime saves costs for the state government – but the danger of turning the justice system into a profitable business helps water down state laws and procedure.
In an ACLU report, titled Banking on Bondage, in 2010, American private prisons generated profits of more than 3 billion USD.
“As incarceration rates skyrocket, the private prison industry expands at exponential rates, holding ever more people in its prisons and jails, and generating massive profits. Private prisons for adults were virtually non-existent until the early 1980s, but the number of prisoners in private
prisons increased by approximately 1600% between 1990 and 2009. Today, for-profit companies are responsible for approximately 6% of state prisoners, 16% of federal prisoners, and, according to one report, nearly half of all immigrants detained by the federal government,” states the report.
The trend of privatising extends into immigration detention, too, with private prison companies housing over 50 percent of the 30,000 immigrants detained in America. This number has dramatically increased over recent years, particularly post 9/11. By 2001, according to the ACLU report, immigrants detained had more than tripled, with a “roughly 450% increase” over 1994 levels.
As inmates continue to be employed and paid slave labor wages, taxpayers also continue to fund the incarceration methods. This highly-questionable practice encourages mass unemployment rates, which equates to crimes committed and again the cycle is repeated only for large corporations to benefit from profits and windfalls.
With the poor growing poorer and the moderately wealthy now growing inferior – with only the elite standing tall – these figures are highly consequential.
Mass incarceration numbers equates to higher unemployment numbers. The Prison Industrial Complex is truly nourishing the demise of western society as corporate greed devours its own citizen.
For the prison system, more crime truly does equal more profits, less employment opportunities, and a volatile, dangerous society.
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