For my second milestone in Policy (English & History) we created an infographic about a monopoly that exists today in the US. I did mine about the Private Prison system and how terrible of a system it is. This was a extremely eye opening source and I learned why we hold %25 of the world’s prisoners, yet only %5 of the world’s population. If you would like to check out my narrative of my infographic about it, check it our below!
Right now in America one of the most lucrative businesses is making more people go to jail than ever before, and it’s legal. What I’m talking about is the Private Prison market, which is a 70 billion dollar market. It has grown by %350 in the past 15 years, and this isn’t a coincidence. This industry is extremely corrupt, and is emptying the pockets of taxpayers, and imprisoning those for longer than is deserved. Many Private Prison companies require that states keep the capacity of prisons at above %90 full for 20 years.
This puts pressure on the justice system to increase sentencing length, and increase the frequency at which people are incarcerated. Over 2.27 million US citizens are in jail, that’s about 1 out of 100 people. The US hold %25 of the world’s prisoners, while only having %5 of the world’s population. Roughly 51.5% of prisoners are there for drug related offenses. Roughly %81.9 of prisoners are in jail for possession of a controlled substance. The US government spent over 15 billion dollars, equaling to $500 every second.
I’ve noticed from doing this report that Private Prisons are becoming much more lucrative and profitable over time. While profitability has gone up, so has the amount of prisoners in the US. There has been a %700 jump in US prison population, which is outpacing general population growth and crime rates (%44 population growth).
The amount of spending on prisons has been skyrocketing over the past thirty years, and private prisons have not been the only reason for them to jump so high. State-ran prisons supply more than 800,000 jobs, so it is at the best interest of the government to keep prisons full as well. I think that the private prison system is absolutely terrible, and terrifying. I believe that prisons should be ran at who has the people’s best interest in mind. Not a company who has themselves to worry about.
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