Time for change (1000+ posts) Sat Aug-27-11 06:59 PM
Original message Prison Slave Labor, Victimless Crime Legislation, & the Prison-Industrial Complex As with our military, profiteers abound in the prison industry as well. And as with our military, the prison-industrial complex and associated profiteers and lobbyists who depend upon an abundant prison population have plenty of money to advance their cause. The prison population of the United States increased from about 300,000 to over 2,000,000 between 1980 and 2000, so that the United States now has by far the highest prison rate of any nation in the world – 751 persons in prison per 100,000 population in 2008. Coincident with the burgeoning prison population in the United States, there has also been a large increase in the number of private prisons, from five in 1995 to 100 in 2005, in which year 62,000 persons were incarcerated in private prisons in the United States.
SLAVE LABOR IN PRISONS
This has all the markings of a looooooong Pitt type post but at the very end...
Most of this post was excerpted from my new book: “The Unfulfilled Promise of the American Dream: The Widening Gap between the Reality of the United States and its Highest Ideals”, which explores the anti-Democratic forces that are threatening to make the gap ever wider and tear our nation apart. I discuss the book in some detail here.
The book is now available in paperback, Kindle format, and PDF format. You can read the introduction and table of contents here. You can buy the book here. If you would like to read the book but can’t afford it, pm me and I’ll send you a free PDF copy.
So in the real world, the poster is just hawking a book. :D