Private Prison Industry

BRIEFING: For-Profit Prisons

By on May 1, 2012

Crime is going down in America, but more Americans than ever are in prison—and more and more money is being spent and made turning this country into a giant armed camp.

At WhoWhatWhy, we know you’re busy. So we’re going to give you the key points here in bullet form (links in box at bottom):

-America’s system of detaining and monitoring “criminals” impacts more people than ever before. Including those who are either in some form of incarceration or in the parole and probation process, you’re looking at an affected population of….six million. One out of every 100 Americans is behind bars now. And every year, about 13 million Americans spend some time in jail for at least a brief spell.

-State legislators faced with dwindling revenues are eager to offload inmates to “cheap” private facilities

-The private prison industry grew 350 percent over the past fifteen years.