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Saturday, May 10, 2008

prison bunk, originally uploaded by egg on stilts.

Memphians set your DVR for Sunday 8:30 AM CDT on WKNO TV Channel 10. PBS is airing a special on the private prison business. There is a dangerous move afoot to corporatize the prison industry.

Prisons for Profit . NOW on PBS: "Corporations are running many Americans prisons, but will they put profits before prisoners?

A grim new statistic: One in every hundred Americans is now locked behind bars. As the prison population grows faster than the government can build prisons, private companies see an opportunity for profit."

This week, NOW on PBS investigates the government's trend to outsource prisons and prisoners to the private sector. Critics accuse private prisons of standing in the way of sentencing reform and sacrificing public safety to maximize profits.

For a great expose on the private prison industry driving the war on drugs checkout American Drug War, which I've mentioned previously.

HT: Texas Prison Bidness