What could be more outrageous than creating an environment that allows private businesses to profit, hugely, from the process of incarceration? Who could not know that would result in significant efforts on the part of the prison industry to encourage arresting us in order to maintain the quotas these contracts enforce, making us pay for prison cells that are empty? Who could not know these companies would lobby against criminal justice reform efforts, and for stricter sentencing, instead? Those who may have been mislead to believe this would save us money, can see the opposite is true, from this report and elsewhere.
The Justice Policy Institute just released its report on this scandal, titled Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies.
Emeritus law professor Sheila Kennedy explains this very well in her blog today.