Private Prisons Profiting From Mass Incarceration

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The United States is the prison capital of the world.  Despite having 5% of the world’s total population, the U.S. houses roughly a quarter of the world’s prisoners. The majority live in cramped, shameful squalor.

In their efforts to curb prison overcrowding, some states are sending inmates to private out-of-state prisons hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home.  This policy impedes rehabilitation, hurts families, and rewards rent-seeking prisons.  I co-authored this piece with Holly Kirby, a researcher and organizer with Grassroots Leadership.  I currently serve on Grassroots’ Board of Directors.  You can read more in Al Jazeera America.

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