Filling Prison Beds for Profit - by Stephen Lendman
At yearend 2010, America's prison population topped 2.4 million, including federal and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military ones, US territories, and numbers held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In addition, over seven million more are under correctional supervision, and over 13 million pass through US prisons and jails annually. About 70% are for nonviolent offenses. Nearly half of those are drug-related. In 1980, 40,000 drug offenders were imprisoned. It's now over 500,000, victimized by unfair "war on drugs" laws.
Since 1970, America's prison population grew eightfold. It hasn't been for more crime. It's because of:
-- police state toughness;
-- judicial unfairness;
-- political persecution;
-- get tough on crime policies;
-- three strikes and you're out;
-- mandatory minimums;
-- a guilty unless proved innocent mentality; and
-- being undocumented.
Most vulnerable are poor Blacks, Latinos, and Native Indians (people of color) for America's insatiable prison-industrial complex appetite, commoditizing human beings for profit in both public and privately run prisons.
Corrections Project.com says: