How prisons have become a cash cow for the rich | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

How prisons have become a cash cow for the rich

And it’s not just the phone companies that are getting rich off prisoners’ phone calls.

Thanks to so-called “commissions” that can account for as much as 94 percent of the cost of a call, prison phone contracts have become a major source of revenue for state and local governments all across the country.

These glorified kickbacks have also become a source of revenue for prisons themselves, and they use them to pay for the health care and food services they’re already constitutionally required to provide.

In other words, like pretty much every other case of privatization over the past few decades, the rise of private prison phone contracts has nothing to do with “efficiency” or “improving services” and has everything do with making a quick buck for some crony capitalist with a bunch of Republican friends in Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The privatization of prisons in this country has guaranteed an horrific rise in recidivism (re-offending, going back to prison), which means that the private prisons have become great investment opportunities (for people with the morals of a trout, that is).

Sweden is CLOSING many of its prisons, and why?!? Because the total focus of prison time is rehabilitation, rather than punishment, and reintegration with society when the prisoner is released.

It is a sane, and compassionate model, which is why it is completely ignored by the penal system here in the US.

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