Private Company Wants 20 Year Contracts to Run State Prisons

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My good friend Alyona Minkovski interviews Congress Matter Editor David Waldman on the astonishing case of the The Corrections Corporation of America's bid to buy up the nation's prisons. The Corrections Corporation, the nation's largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons and is asking for a 20 year management contract with an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90% full:

Where to start with this nonsense? The entire concept of running prisons for profit is completely absurd as the incentive to corrupt the judicial system is immense. Prisons should exist to protect the public from dangerous criminals, provide rehabilitation for offenders and act as a deterrence for potential criminals. In other words, the point of prison is not to go there. Prisons should serve the interest of the public, not the pockets of giant corporations who would do their utmost to ensure more people go to prison to increase their profit line.

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