Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.
Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.
Free market capitalism at its finest.
This is the prison industrial complex.
This hurts my heart - especially knowing that I have numerous people near and dear to my heart that get stomped on and chewed up by this complex everyday. What’s equally scary is the economic pit holes that these private prisons create - they exploit small towns and not only do they keep hold of ‘convicts’ and ‘felons,’ they capture everyone in the neighborhoods around them too… and that’s just speaking on the basis of tangible imprisonment. Let’s not get started on how these institutions permeate our schools and propagate state sanctioned violence.