Private Prisons Please Stop Spending Taxpayers’ Money!

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Despite what your senator may claim ….don’t believe the hype! Mass incarceration is strenuous on taxpayer dollars and if you’re a law-abiding citizen with a job then that means your money will be helping with the bill!  In today’s economy people are barely able to afford themselves let alone inmates who were given football numbers for petty crimes in efforts to create maximum profit for private prisons.

To be frank the whole system is screwed. On one hand while we the taxpayers are forced to pay more money in taxes in order to keep the prison doors open, lowering the budget would also put those incarcerated at risk.

Studies have proven that mass incarceration is not the answer in solving the problem. Instead of contributing tax dollars to this system that acts as modern day slavery, contributions  to education and rehabilitation programs would be more effective and would also help illuminate the amount of arrest.   This logic would also eventually save taxpayers money because the incarceration rate would decline.

“According to one study, even if only 10 percent of drug addicted offenders went to rehabilitation program instead of jail the criminal justice system would save 4.8 billion in one year” GenFKD

Still don’t understand how education plays a role in mass incarceration? The Atlantic provides a great visual of mass incarceration and highlights how education is a factor in the demographic that makes up the highest percentage of the incarcerated population…The Black Male.

 

Besides more education and rehabilitation programs being more affective than mass incarceration another point that is obvious and shouldn’t be ignored is that its simply an unfair system. According to Prison Divest, while we the taxpayers are forced to pay more taxes private prisons receive tax breaks and pay as little as 3 percent in tax dollars. Between the small amount of taxes they are forced to pay and the contracting of prison labor this allows them to receive maximum profit. The proof is in the pudding how can you argue that mass incarceration helps taxpayers when we are the ones that are paying for it? Employees stimulate the economy not free labor.

 

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