Cheaper By the Dozens
When private companies provide incarceration facilities and services, government often finds that the more people incarcerated, the cheaper it is. We re-post this story from the Huffington Post which provides insight into how the culture of Mass Incarceration works. – Ed.
One Disturbing Reason For Our Exploding Prison Population
Prison companies have an airtight business plan: sign contracts with states obliging them to fill prison beds.
Most quotas require at least 90 percent of the beds in a prison to be filled
, according to a new report by the advocacy group In the Public Interest
, and quotas were part of nearly two-thirds of the contracts the group analyzed. Prison companies use the profits to expand, effectively pulling the strings on state prison populations as lawmakers must incarcerate a certain number of people — or pay. The state of Arizona recently paid the prison company Management & Training Corp. $3 million for empty beds when a 97 percent quota wasn't met, reported HuffPost's Chris Kirkham
The U.S. leads the world in incarcerating its residents, with one in 100 adults behind bars
. Over the past 30 years the prison population has more than quadrupled
, mostly due to an increase in drug offenses.
For more on how the prison industry makes money, click here