I believe that the the abolition of private prisons would be the best course of action to take. It is completely unconstitutional, from my perspective, to allow enterprises to make a profit off of prisoners, who are, in reality, just people who have made a mistake. It is a given that there are exceptions to this, but as Representative Ellison stated, “Incarceration should be about rehabilitation, not profit.” The fact that nothing has been done due to the clutch these corporations have on legislators is terrifying to me, and taking a stance against them would be sending a message to all wealthy businesses across the U.S., making it clear that the government can not be bought out. In a cost-benefit analysis, as the Justice is Not for Sale Act provides, it is much more fiscally responsible to invest in the rehabilitation of inmates than it is to hire private prisons. …show more content…
These companies are not well regulated and costly, and support legislation that benefits their income. They have no incentive to rehabilitate, in fact just the opposite, and are therefore wasting lives trying to earn more money. The abolition of private prisons in the United States is a necessary course of action to ensure the maximum health of the
Private prisons were constructed as a response to the overcrowding in federal prisons during the 1980s; many people speculate whether or not private prisons are good or bad. Critics argue that private prisons like any business are driven by profit, and prisons profit from the amount of criminals they are able to contain which gives the private prisons and their shareholders incentive to keep the prison population high and expenses low. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency estimates that over the next ten years state and federal expenditures on prisons will amount to $351 billion6. These government subsidies along with the support of private prison shareholders allow the prison industrial complex to keep their power and influence
The privatization of the prison system has made it so that individuals who have committed a crime are no longer seen as people but as profits. Prisons receive more money and more laborers (which they grossly underpay) with the addition of new inmates, so it is in the best interests of prison corporations to increase the volume of prisoners as well as expanding the length of sentences. Private prisons started out as a cost-effective way to house inmates, but after yielding large investments and profits, they began lobbying for new and harsher punishments resulting in America having the highest levels of incarceration in the world. In 1984, the first private prisons were created, the founders claimed that the prisons funded by the government but run privately would cost considerably less than prisons run at the county, state, and federal level.
First, there are not enough staff to monitor the inmates in private prisons. The reason is because labor costs is controlled by reducing number of staff, wages, and fringe benefits. The reduce in staff has caused inmates to lose their lives. Secondly, many workers within these facilities are inexperienced with key corrections
It is a shocking truth that privatized prisons in America are getting paid for having a certain amount of inmates filling their beds. Between 1990 and 2009, the number of private prison inmates increased by more that 1600 percent and 65 percent of all private prison contracts pay private prisons a set amount of cash per prisoner. AZ, OK, LA and VA all have contracts that require 95% to 100% occupancy in private prisons at all times. When the prisons dont meet this percentage, they have to pay. Or in some corrupt and terrible situations the prisons pay members of authority to arrest and put people in their prisons so they dont have to pay and can get more money because their beds are full.
Private prisons have been increasing more and more over the decade and this is due to the fact that private prisons are handed to a third party to handle and manage thus causing the government to worry about one less thing on their agenda. Not only have private prisons been increasing because it is one less thing for the government to worry about but also because the it benefits the government with more cost-efficient prisons. To further elaborate on the above statement, private prisons are run by third parties and due to this it leads to a reduced cost because when it is run by third parties, third parties do not have to follow the same rules a government prison would. For example, private prisons can pay much less for security than a government
In the United States there are more people incarcerated than any other nation in the world. Recently, many states have taken drastic steps allowing private companies to buy prisons and operate them as profitable businesses. The business models of these companies relies on a high incarceration rate and the ability to operate at a very low cost. This could put a large portion of the prison population at serious risk of having their safety put behind the revenue they earn. Even though these for-profit prisons show no evidence of saving the federal government any money, and have dubious health and safety records, some politicians still push for legislation that is good for private prison companies.
Though this may not seem like a massive number compared to the 2 million+ Americans in jail/prison, the second largest private detention company, The Geo Group, Inc., made around $1.6 billion total revenue in 2011. This much money was made by the 65 correctional facilities that The Geo Group, Inc. owns. Like slaves, prisoners are sent to these private prisons where they are seen as less than human while an outside source profits off of their struggles. Private prisons should be abolished from society. Their existence is immoral because the fact that people are being seen as subhuman and private prisons are profiting off the incarceration of people.
Mass incarceration is the way that the United States has locked up millions of people over the last forty years using unnecessary and disproportionate policies. Contrary to popular belief, this is racially fueled as most of these policies saw to it that blacks and latinos be locked up for longer than their white peers and for smaller crimes. These racist roots within the system can be traced back to when the first slave ship arrived in the US. But our first major prison boom was seen after the American Civil war. I know that the Civil War was far more than forty years ago.
Private prisons have become the norm in the United States due to mass incarceration. As private prisons continue to grow, we must take into account the effectiveness of these types of prisons. Many will debate that private prisons are not being used for rehabilitative and deterrence of crime, but for profit itself. To my opinion, and in reading and watching several compelling arguments, I believe that for-profit prisons have many moral and ethical problems. A study conducted in the State of Mississippi showed that under the privately owned prison, inmates were deprived of food in order to cut costs.
1: Introduction Historians are divided as to whether it was convicts or empire the motivation for the establishment of the colony in Australia. On one hand, it has been suggested that inefficiency of Britain’s criminal justice system, lack of penitentiaries and the failure of the Hulks Act, 1776 created a social climate by which transportation of convicts unavoidable. On the other hand is the notion that Britain’s imperial interests, and the value of Australian resources was the backbone of the decision to colonise. On balance, this essay will argue that it was both the need for a convict solution, and a strategic imperial outpost in the South Pacific that led the British to colonise Australia in 1788. 2: Major Arguments Argument 1: Australia
The U.S. should “send nonviolent offenders to specialty courts or probation rather than prison.” Also bail should be made less or not needed for people who didn’t commit a crime, but arrest wrongfully. People might argue that people shouldn’t be let loose if they committed crime and prisons help with the economy but some crimes are over sentenced bases on where the person came from or their race. Also the jobs prisoners could be giving to everyday people and that should support the economy and give more benefits from taxes. These solutions would reduce the number of mass incarceration.
Before cheating on his wife of 14 years, before taking the life of his girlfriend, before spending 29 years locked up in the San Quentin State Prison, while living his life in California with his wife and three children, Larry Histon was an ordinary man with a successful career in high tech. Histon is one amongst the 6.9 million adults who are under correctional supervision- about 2.8% of adults (1 of 36) in the U.S. resident population. Although incarceration seems like an asset to society, it is, in fact, the culprit of poverty and many broken relationships. As a result of such a tremendous amount of imprisoned individuals, communities and families nationwide are constantly damaged and impacted negatively.
Privatization has existed since the 1980’s, and helps the government deal with the exponentially increasing numbers of those who have been sentenced to prison. Kicenski states “Between 1973 and 1997, the number of people behind bars rose more than 500 percent and today, state and federal prisons along with local jails house more than 2.2 million inmates … (Kicenski 1).” This number if inmates is only increasing as time passes and the number of available cells is decreasing just as rapidly. Private corporations can build and run prisons faster than the government can, so outsourcing to them seems to be the best idea. The corporations achieve a profit and the available prisons will start to not be exceeding their capacity as often.
The flashing lights and screaming sirens caused everyone on Mulholland Drive to stop in their tracks. The drug dealing ways of the three men has finally come to an end. The streets of Los Angeles will be safer place with Michael, Trevor, and Franklin in prison where they belong. Hopefully prison will rehabilitate these men to be productive members of society. Or will it...