Profiting off mass incarceration is a dirty business. When private prison company Corrections Corporation of America squanders taxpayer money and runs facilities rife with human rights abuses, it's dragging its own name through the mud.
Common-sense immigration reform has the multibillion-dollar private prison industry shaking in its boots. Its lobbyists are actively targeting members of congressional budget and appropriations committees to not only maintain, but increase incarceration of migrants.
Illinois faces a crucial decision: Do we allow a notoriously irresponsible company like the Corrections Corporation of America into our state, or do we send them a clear message that Illinois does not need this kind of crisis?
It's hardly a secret that private prison corporations are deliberately promoting and designing laws aimed at incarcerating immigrants and turning the prison system into an incredibly lucrative business.
Because Prop 16's failure assures communities will now be able to greatly reduce mercury, carbon and other toxins into the environment -- where we live -- we can now add a few more winners to the list.
The new health care economy immediately requires more medical professionals and health care support workers. Without these, there is a real chance that the influx of new patients will overwhelm the system and bring it to its knees.