Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter announced Friday that the state’s corrections department would assume operation of the largest privately run prison there after more than a decade of mismanagement and other problems.
The for-profit prison industry, which is expanding across the nation, has blunted prison reform, stymied repeal of our draconian drug laws and successfully lobbied for harsher and harsher detention policies. Mass incarceration is increasingly about corporate profit, not justice.