I believe the prison industrial complex is out of control. When people and organizations start profiting from those who are incarcerated we have a problem. When the judicial branch starts putting buying prison stock with pension pay it has become a conflict of interest. Yes, for profit prisons sell stock.
The term "prison–industrial complex" (PIC), derived from the "military–industrial complex" of the 1950s. PIC has increased due to the rapid expansion of the inmate population, political influence of private prison companies, and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies for profit.
Corporations that contract cheap prison labor, construction companies, surveillance technology vendors, companies that operate prison food services and medical facilities, prison guard unions, private probation companies, lawyers, and lobby groups that represent them only care about economic benefits at the expense of the incarcerated populace
The term also refers to the network of participants who prioritize personal financial gain over rehabilitating criminals. I believe that the desire for monetary gain through prison privatization has led to the growth of the prison industry and has greatly contributed to the increase of incarcerated individuals.
The War on Drugs has only exacerbated the situation. The Drug War and the passing of harsher sentencing legislation/guidelines, private sector prisons began to emerge to keep up with the rapidly expanding prison population.
The Controlled Substance Act policy measures taken to categorize drug abuse as a criminal issue have directly sustained the existence of the prison-industrial complex. The punitive approach to the War on Drugs vs rehabilitation in regards to a health issue. Incarceration rates have tripled since the 1980s.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that drug offense convictions have led to a majority of the US inmate population in federal prisons.
I urge all of you to dig deep in your hearts, and examine these issues and policies and help others embrace a new way forward that values an empathy based agenda to the prison industrial complex policies and sentencing guidelines and policies...and above all human rights.