Private Prisons, Public Shame

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By Mary Turck, Al Jazeera America

11 June 15

Prisons should not be profit centers

Turck writes: “Prisoners can’t vote in the United States and as a result they don’t have much sway over public policy decisions. But private, for-profit prison companies do.”

Protesters rally against GEO Group, one of the largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S. (photo: Joe Readle/Getty)ast month the state of Washington contracted with the GEO Group, one of the largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S., to move up to 1,000 inmates from the state’s overcrowded prisons to its correctional facility in Michigan, thousands of miles from their homes and families. This makes family visits and connection with the community harder, though studies show that inmates who receive more visits are less likely to re-offend after release.

Prisoners can’t vote in the United States and as a result they don’t have much sway over public policy decisions. But private, for-profit prison companies do, their voices amplified by big campaign contributions and millions…

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