Prison Profiteers Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration

ISBN-10: 1595581677
ISBN-13: 9781595581679
Edition: 2007
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Description: The astonishing range of industries, corporations, and individuals profiting from the imprisonment of over 2.3 million Americans. "Positive: With the baby boomlet demographics, we foresee increasing demand for juvenile [incarceration] services.  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 323
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The astonishing range of industries, corporations, and individuals profiting from the imprisonment of over 2.3 million Americans. "Positive: With the baby boomlet demographics, we foresee increasing demand for juvenile [incarceration] services. Negative:...it is often difficult to maintain the occupancy rates required for profitability."from a report produced for the private prison industry by investment analysts First Analysis Securities Corporation Locking up 2.3 million people isn't cheap. Each year federal, state, and local governments spend over $185 billion annually in tax dollars to ensure that one out of every 137 Americans is imprisoned.Prison Profiteerslooks at the private prison companies, investment banks, churches, guard unions, medical corporations, and other industries and individuals that benefit from this country's experiment with mass imprisonment. It lets us follow the money from public to private hands and exposes how monies formerly designated for the public good are diverted to prisons and their maintenance. Find out where your tax dollars are going as you help to bankroll the biggest prison machine the world has ever seen. Contributors include: Judy Greene on private prison giants Geo (formerly Wackenhut) and CCA; Anne-Marie Cusac on who sells electronic weapons to prison guards; David Lapido on how private corporations profit from prison labor; Wil S. Hylton on the largest prison health care provider; Ian Urbina on how prison labor supports the military; Kirsten Levingston on the privatization of public defense; Jennifer Gonnerman on the costs to neighborhoods from which prisoners are removed; Kevin Pranis on the banks and brokerage houses that finance prison building; and Silja Talvi on the American Correctional Association as a tax-funded lobbyist for professional prison bureaucracies.

Introduction
The Political Economy of Prisons
Banking on the Prison Boom
Million-Dollar Blocks: The Neighborhood Costs of America's Prison Boom
Doing Borrowed Time: The High Cost of Backdoor Prison Finance
Making the "Bad Guy" Pay: Growing Use of Cost Shifting as an Economic Sanction
Prisons, Politics, and the Census
Don't Build It Here: The Hype Versus the Reality of Prisons and Local Employment
The Cultural Commodification of Prisons
The Private Prison Industry
Prison Labor Fuels American War Machine
On the Inside with the American Correctional Association
Jails for Jesus
Florida's Private Prison Industry Corporation Under Siege
Making Out Like Bandits
Behind Closed Doors: Privatized Prisons for Youth
Sick on the Inside: Correctional HMOs and the Coming Prison Plague
Private Health Care in Jails Can Be a Death Sentence
The Riot Academy: Guards Stage Mock Prison Riots to Test the Latest High-Tech Gear
Mapping the Prison Telephone Industry
Shocked and Stunned: The Growing Use of Tasers
For-Profit Transportation Companies: Taking Prisoners and the Public for a Ride
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Contributors
About PLN
Notes
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