The Economy is bad — but the prison business is booming!

We now know that for the first time in the history of the United States of America, more than 1 in every 100 adults is imprisoned.  That is a big chunk of a potentially productive workforce, as well as a huge ongoing cost to the states.  It also means that the U.S. is the #1 ranked country in the world for population behind bars.  Is that a first we want?  You can read the Pew study “One in 100”  in its entirety here:  pew1in100.pdf

Many prisons are operated and/or owned by private companies.  It’s a booming business, and apparently Americans are better at it than anyone else.  But is it a business you want to invest in?  Here is a short video to consider which shows how one private company operates the Hutto “family” detention center in Texas -


2 responses to “The Economy is bad — but the prison business is booming!

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tina Russell

  2. Wow I always knew the prison had many injustices,but that tops it..But it is also very inspiring in the sense that this America and it is why we are free,and when enough people get together they can still change things for the better…I will never forget viewing this THANK YOU

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