Super important video about the US prison system.
This is absolutely insane.
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This video will only take a couple minutes of your time, and the only thing I’d like to add is that you consider the American judicial system itself. I don’t mean the usual “follow the money” (but do that, too); Look at who is arrested. Look how many are convicted. Look at how they are convicted, and for what. Ever checked out what can count as a felony? Google that shit.
In addition to doing nothing towards the rehabilitation of criminals, we send a ton of innocent people into what becomes a vicious cycle of injustice, inefficiency, and inhumane cruelty. The system as it stands now helps no one and hurts society as a whole. If you don’t already know about the business of the prison industry, I urge you to educate yourself.
This video is a terrific starting point.
And this doesn’t even begin to cover how privatized prisons basically use prisons as manufacturing facilities where the workers get paid next to nothing - legally. This means they have incentive to keep as many prisoners as possible in one facility, increase the size of prisons, increase the number of inmates, and keep recidivism rates disturbingly high. Why pay decent wages to free citizens when incarcerated citizens are forced to work for pennies, which passes on the savings right to the consumers and leaves a nice big cut of the profits for the higher ups?