Private Prison Corps Require 90% Occupancy or Gov’t Pays

Slave Dollars: State Guarantee Private Prisons 96% Occupancy – Story Leak

State and local governments have signed contracts that obligate them to keep a certain number of people in jail (with numbers around 96% occupancy) to bolster the profits of privately run prisons, a survey indicates.

If the governments don’t maintain the specified number of people behind bars, they have to pay penalties to the companies that operate private prisons. The state of Colorado paid $2 million to companies because the rate of crime and the number of convicts in the state fell by a third in the last 10 years.

The profit driven prisons put pressure on law enforcement and prosecutors to try to charge and convict individuals of more serious crimes just to fill prison beds. It also encourages authorities to send prisoners to private penitentiaries rather than state facilities even if they are cheaper.

Despicable stuff here…

It’s pretty bad when people bank on the failures of others to make a profit. I understand rendering services for a need that is less than desirable. But inserting clauses to guarantee a certain amount of prisoners is unethical.

I have heard of sin taxes… never heard of a good behavior tax.


For further reading…
Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and “Low-Crime Taxes” Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporation


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