The United States of America: The Land of the Free – but not really

As citizens living in the “land of the free“, we may think we are fully capable of living our lives the way we want to with no consequences (as long as no laws are broken of course!).

Ehhh….

America exceeds the amount of incarcerated individuals from every other country or entity by millions of people, even China – who has the highest population of humans in the world.

The U.S. doesn’t necessarily have more crime than all other countries, in fact, much of Western society have similar crime rates compared to that of the U.S.. The problem lies with incarceration and the perpetual cycle of imprisonment that has been established for decades.

Want to know what’s funny though? Private corporations in charge of these prison systems are actually profiting billions from this “prison industrial complex” that has run a muck in the U.S..

Correctional facilities made to facilitate and to improve hundreds of criminal’s behavior probably shouldn’t focus its efforts on making money. It should focus on its purpose of existence in the first place. These prison systems are funded by taxpayers and its ridiculous and infuriating to see that private companies are making profits off of the system.

Until next week,

BradandBougiee

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5 comments

  1. Daisy · February 28

    This is a very important issue that needs much more attention than it currently receives.

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  2. Speaker · February 28

    How much money are the private companies making? Also, how does the system work, tax money go to private companies and the companies make the prisons? Agree with Daisy, people should not be making money by operating a prison.

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  3. Frosted Student · March 1

    I agree. How much money are these private companies making and why are they receiving it? I am not sure how prisons would have enough profit to share with companies, and if so this money could be going to more important things such as the families who may be dependent on someone who is incarcerated.

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    • BradandBougiee · March 2

      The “companies” that I’m referring to are private prisons that are often taking prisoners away from government-funded prisons in order to sustain full capacity. In these private prisons, officials are likely putting prisoners to work in order to make profit off of their labor. I’m not exactly sure where this money is being spent or relocated, but I’ll definitely look into it!

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