Humpday Hall of Shame: 30 Years of For-Profit Prisons are Nothing to Celebrate!

This year, Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's oldest and largest for-profit prison operator, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  If you think that three decades and billions of dollars from incarcerating individuals isn't something to shout from the rooftops, you don't know CCA.  The corporation is celebrating its anniversary all year long with parties at its facilities, trivia contests about the company's history, and a general giddyness that makes one a bit ill.  

We believe that 30 years of profit from pain is nothing to celebrate.  Grassroots Leadership and our allies at civil rights, faith, labor, and immigrant rights groups will be holding some counter-celebrations to tell CCA and the world that 30 years of for-profit prisons are nothing to celebrate.  We started the year by collecting a series of videos from faith and community leaders talking about why they don't believe that for-profit incarceration is anything to celebrate.  If you'd like to make a video of your own, please let us know.

Now, organizers around the country are planning a series of protests and informational events to celebrate the opposition to for-profit incarceration.  Here's a run-down of some of the upcoming events:

Washington, DC, May 7th11:30am - 1:00pm. Join the Public Safety and Justice Campaign along with civil rights leaders, people of faith, criminal justice reform groups and immigrant rights organizations will protest outside CCA’s Correctional Treatment Facility to say it’s time to end -- not celebrate – for-profit incarceration and immigrant detention in the United States. Protest will take place at the 19th Street S.E. between Burke and C Streets, Washington DC. 

Tucson, Arizona, May 14th:  The American Friends Service Committee will be holding demonstration and press conference to protest CCA’s prison profiteering in Arizona.  The event will take place at 4pm at the DeConcini Federal Courthouse in downtown Tucson.  

Nashville, TN, May 16th: Protest CCA shareholder meeting.  The protest will take place from 9am-10:30am at 10 Burton Hills Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee.  The protest will be preceded by a community forum on the evening of May 15th.  

Toledo, OH, May 16th: The ACLU of Ohio will hold a discussion with Mike Brickner, communications and public policy director for the ACLU of Ohio, on problems country’s only prison owned and operated by a private corporation.  

Start your own CCA counter-celebration!  Contact Grassroots Leadership for more details on how to get involved.  

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A Drug War is currently going on in the USA, which has led to mass-incarcerations that benefit for-profit private prisons and corporations that contract with private prisons to exploit prison-labor (vs. employing union workers with decent living wages).

Prisoners are paid more or less 40 cts/hour, more often less than more, sometimes paid nothing at all, in lieu of the minimum $7.50/hour (and more) that corporations would have to pay otherwise. The difference between 40 cts and $7.50, quite clearly, contributes to maximize corporate profits, while folks outside walls are still unemployed and continue to lose their jobs.

The higher the incarceration rates, the lesser people vote, the more outsourcing of jobs to prisons, the higher the unemployment rate, and the more dramatic the race to the bottom for skilled workers.

In the end, here is how the bleeding of the people's cash occurs: 1) incarceration costs paid with our tax money (translated into profits for private prisons and corporations) + 2) unemployment benefits also paid with our tax money for people, whose jobs were outsourced to prisons. This represents a double cost never discussed by Congress that claims to slash unnecessary expenses. Why? Because these costs benefit corporations. Meanwhile, the people keep paying!!!

The USA heads down a very dangerous slope by allowing for the creation of such a massive industry surrounding the incarceration of our fellow Americans.

A Drug War is currently going on in the USA, which has led to mass-incarcerations that benefit for-profit private prisons and corporations that contract with private prisons to exploit prison-labor (vs. employing union workers with decent living wages).

Prisoners are paid more or less 40 cts/hour, more often less than more, sometimes paid nothing at all, in lieu of the minimum $7.50/hour (and more) that corporations would have to pay otherwise. The difference between 40 cts and $7.50, quite clearly, contributes to maximize corporate profits, while folks outside walls are still unemployed and continue to lose their jobs.

The higher the incarceration rates, the lesser people vote, the more outsourcing of jobs to prisons, the higher the unemployment rate, and the more dramatic the race to the bottom for skilled workers.

In the end, here is how the bleeding of the people's cash occurs: 1) incarceration costs paid with our tax money (translated into profits for private prisons and corporations) + 2) unemployment benefits also paid with our tax money for people, whose jobs were outsourced to prisons. This represents a double cost never discussed by Congress that claims to slash unnecessary expenses. Why? Because these costs benefit corporations. Meanwhile, the people keep paying!!!

The USA heads down a very dangerous slope by allowing for the creation of such a massive industry surrounding the incarceration of our fellow Americans.

FYI - handful of California prisoners at CCA's LaPalma Correctional Center in Eloy are protesting over the integrity of the Kosher program there, which has been completely degraded under the current LaPalma administration of Jim MacDonald. CCA has no comment thus far - nor does Dennis Deconcini, who I would have though would be concerned baout anti-semitism in his prisons. I also bet fellow AZ Regent/CCA Board member Anne Mariucci won't care much about the violation of her prisoners' religious rights. If anyone out there is aware of the blatant supression of religious rights being a pattern and practice at other CCA facilities, please reach me through my blog. http://arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot.com/2013/05/cca-eloy-lapalma-jewish-p...

Despicable human rights abuses need to stop. Slavery for profit is evil personified.

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