Prison privatization in its current form began in 1984 as a result of the War on Drugs.While crime rates otherwise remained steady dating back to 1925, the number of arrests quickly exploded.
Prisoners also made helmets for the military, until 44,000 defective units were recalled due to their inability to stop bullets. Despite its shortcomings, UNICOR generated 4.3M in sales for fiscal year 2008 – of which 4% went to inmate salaries. Much of this money later ends up in the hands of the local government, as the inmates use their salary to pay for phone calls home.
” To correctly answer, one must select “protests” among the options of attacking the Pentagon, committing hate crimes and using IED’s. In an interview with Fox News, the Do D stated that they have since removed the question. In 2012, it was reported that FBI trained its agents that they can “bend or suspend the law” at will. The training materials were uncovered during a six-month internal review of the Bureau’s training policies.
Despite its findings, the review has not resulted in any disciplinary action, nor did it require any re-training. With the “terrorism” label being used so loosely, many are critical of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
However, according to the Department of Justice’s “Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons” report, private prisons offer at best a 1% cost savings over their government operated counterparts, while at the same time having 49% more assaults on staff and 65% more assaults on other inmates. Corporations owning correctional facilities is not the only way that prisons and the War on Drugs have been used as a source of income.
For instance, even in government-ran facilities, inmates and their families are regularly subject to price gouging by phone carriers. While the average cost of a phone call in the United States is 3 cents per minute, inmates and their families end up paying between 16 cents and .00 per minute. The profits are then split between the carrier and the government body who awarded the contract.
Data analysis and research from the Observatório da Deficiency e Direitos Humanos (Disability and Human Rights Observatory) based at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals some worrying concerns.