The privatized prison industry has been with us probably even before the privatized electronic voting machine industry. Back in the eighties when I was more involved and up-to-date on this, the privatized prison industry was among the fastest, if not the fastest, growing industry in this illustrious democracy of ours. I would guess it still is, and the article above seems to indicate this.
Home is also where the war is. Let's not forget that fact as we live in our privilged white skin and those who have priviliged male gender and let's remember the oppresssion of gays, lesbians, bi and tansgender people (rampant now with the marriage ban spreading) , elders, the list is very long.....
I wish there was a stronger word for racism - the racism that is pandemic in our society and that imprisons people of color in another pandemic.
Yes, I know Obama is an African-American and we just elected him president. That does not preclude all the racism that has been with us forever (we came and killed the Native Americans) in the USA. I am eager to see what Obama and now Holder do about the holding cells, jails, prisons that snuff out the lives of people of color.