The full extent of the use of solitary confinement is truly alarming -- it is most certainly a human rights abuse and a blight on our national character.
Coast-to-coast, governments are realizing that outsourcing corrections to for-profit corporations is a bad deal for taxpayers, and for public safety.
With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.
There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.
Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...
Our overincarceration epidemic has a massive and disproportionate impact on people of color. While communities of color suffer, the for-profit prison companies benefit.
For 30 years, CCA's profits have grown because more people are behind bars. For CCA, the fact that America incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world isn't a human tragedy -- it's something they celebrate, because it makes them rich.
Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit prisons while tearing families apart and targeting people of color disproportionately.
Under this increasingly popular system of truancy enforcement, instead of giving students detention or some other in-school punishment for "unauthorized" absences, schools are now opting to fine parents and force them, or their kids, to serve jail time.
If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.
If we are NOT the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people residing in it -- then we're doing something terribly wrong when it comes to jurisprudence, because we have the greatest number (1.6 million) of incarcerated people.
There are more African Americans in prison today than there were African Americans enslaved in 1850. Black History Month should celebrate the struggle for freedom, not for-profit prisons and mass incarceration.
Many states have finally taken serious steps to reduce mass imprisonment, but new long-term contracts for full prisons would hamper those efforts. That would be bad news for the nation, but good news for Corrections Corporation of America.
The private prison industry has devoted time and money to ensuring that crime legislation benefits their financial interests. They have donated millions to political candidates and parties, as well as helped pass more punitive sentencing laws.
Who have been the primary beneficiaries of "school reform?" Duh, the for-profit companies! While consultants and think tanks have done OK, the real money has been in testing and textbooks and technology and construction.