People invested in the prison industry are set to get even richer off the mass incarceration of minority and low-income people when Donald Trump and the tough-on-crime nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, take control of the federal justice system.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency skipped the standard public process of bidding and offered the Corrections Corporation of America a generous deal to build a massive detention facility for women and children seeking asylum.
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. The for-profit prison industry has blunted prison reform, stymied repeal of draconian drug laws and successfully lobbied for ever-harsher detention policies.