American freedom? More blacks incarcerated than were slaves, now more prisoners than Stalin’s Gulag!

Now add in people of all colors, and the shocking numbers of those in prison smashes all global historical records! – You’re paying for it!


Tucson Citizen

The Feathered Bastard from the Phoenix New Times and Three Sonorans have been updating you on the danger of the private prison industry which is booming in Arizona.

SB1070 does NOTHING to secure the borders. It just makes it profitable for private prisons such as CCA to take your taxpayer dollars to now house and feed these immigrant prisoners instead of deporting them.


Border patrol at border trying to capture the undocumented as they ENTER Mexico. Prisons don’t fill themselves, and not much money is made on self-deportation. Source: AZ Republic.

Arizona now has Border Patrol stopping people as they enter Mexico… you can be just feet away from “self-deporting” and instead of letting you continue, you will be detained, usually just the father, leaving the family there broken with kids crying, and then off to a CCA prison you go.

So much for “family values,” this is Big Government purposefully breaking up the Mexican family for profits and to destroy a people.

You, the Arizona taxpayer, are spending over $30,000 per immigrant per year… so right-wing arguments about immigrants being a drain on society is moot. Before they were paying taxes whenever they bought something.

Now they are housed and fed and given medical care paid for by you. Yes, right-wing racism fooled you.

Now comes a great new piece comparing America’s prison system to the Gulag. Not only are more black Americans incarcerated than there were slaves, now America has more prisoners than the Russian Gulags did!

The Huffington Post published an excellent piece yesterday by reporter Chris Kirkham describing how the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) wants to buy up state prisons, all under the guise of helping state governments deal with their budget shortfalls.

Called the Corrections Investment Initiative (sounds so positive, right?), it’s a sickening display of exploitive behavior — perhaps best underscored by the fact that the CCA stipulates in its “investment” overture that, as part of the deal, the states need to keep the prisons packed. Their language for it: “An assurance by the agency partner [the state] that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90 percent occupancy rate over the term of the contract.”

It reminded me of a recent article in the New Yorker by the game-changing journalist Adam Gopnik:

Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today — perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850… Over all, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” in America–more than six million — than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.

Yet the one major element that is missing from both Gopnik’s and Kirkham’s coverage of private prisons is the very element that is at the core of the prison industry’s power (and so much of our country’s dysfunction) — money’s domination of politics.

Private prisons are a booming business. Over the past ten years, the two largest prison companies (CCA and GEO Group) saw their annual revenue double. The best way to drive up revenue, of course is to keep incarceration rates climbing.

via Nick Penniman: America’s Gulag: The Money (in Politics) Behind Prison Privatization.

The article goes on to state the facts behind this great-fooling-of-America, the new slavery.

The private prison companies that comprise this new American Gulag thus have a clear economic incentive to maintain the status quo. So how do they keep the demand for their services rising?

Here are the facts, gleaned from great groups like Public Campaign, the Center for Responsive Politics, and the Sunlight Foundation:

click here to read those facts – Nick Penniman: America’s Gulag: The Money (in Politics) Behind Prison Privatization.

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