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Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration Paperback – May 5, 2009
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In Prison Profiteers, Tara Herivel and Paul Wright chronicle hundreds of instances where prisons not only kept their secrets close, but let corrupt politicians and huge corporations make off with millions by doing so. The authors compile essays and articles dealing with the private prison industry from every angle -- mapping prison costs in low-income urban neighborhoods, the effect of prison construction on small-town America, the mega-corporations that run what passes for health care inside prisons and the politicians that shape laws to help themselves and their rich friends, with little care about those people who actually pass through the system. The bottom line in every article seems to be the bottom line. Much more energy is spent by public officials flossing the image of being "tough on crime" for public support so they can cut deals that will supposedly lessen budget deficits or fill their pockets than create actual rehabilitation services or safety within prisons.
One of the most powerful advocacy pieces is Jennifer Gonnerman's article, "Million Dollar Blocks: Neighborhood Costs of America's Prison Boom." It looks at how much money is spent keeping prisoners behind bars, per person, added up per city block. The total is often over one million dollars for one block, mainly in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, where people -- usually people of color -- have little access to education and good jobs, and there is no other financial investment in their communities except keeping them in prison.Read more ›
This is a good read for anyone with loved ones serving time in our prison system, and for anyone with political leanings in county, amd state government.
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a must read to undeerstand how america is being enslaved by ruthless corrupt officialsPublished 24 months ago by Todd
This is one of those books that everyone should read, but predictably not much fun to read. Mercifully, it is easy to read. In other words, one can read it quickly.Published on August 17, 2014 by albriaun
. America needs to be regularly shaken by works like this, a basic necessity if it is ever to awaken and survive.Published on November 24, 2013 by Frank Smith
Though its hitting the headlines more and more many American's are not even aware that there is a growing trend of privation of prisons in our country and what it means. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Nancy Rector