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Private prisons cost the public jobs, liberty

'Rent-a-slave' system boosts corporate profits.

January 5, 2012: Private prisons are not more cost-effective than public ones, writes Lamont Lilly in Workers World. Lilly shows how private prisons drain the public purse, affect jobs, target ethnic minorities, and increase corporate profits, calling the system a "human rights infringement" and equating prison labour to modern-day slavery.

"Here in the U.S., our "land of the free," there are approximately 130,000 inmates now housed in privately owned prisons. It's a foul stench within a justice system that leads the world in number of people incarcerated within a state, federal or private institution. The latest tally of 2 million equals 25 percent of the globe's incarcerated population.

This massive waste of human life is commonly known as the prison-industrial complex, with an even more oppressive current now being led from the top down by the highly profitable prison privatization movement. Its roots can be traced back to Ronald Reagan's "War on Drugs" and tougher sentencing platform in the 1980s..."

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Posted: January 18, 2012

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