Private prison corporations will exploit all the resources they have to assure that
Please don’t be deceived by the promises of riches these mend bring. I have no doubt they’ll make it worth your while to get hooked on what they feed you, but it’s just seduction. While middle class Arizonans slip deeper into debt, lose their livelihoods, homes, and even families, the private prison industry will be working closely with those in our criminal justice system who are most invested in the status quo, drafting legislation that erodes civil liberties, reinforces the power of the corporate state to use violence against the people, and perpetuates, not reduces, victimization. They should have the next new batch of prisons ready for the growing “criminal” class - which many of us may join by default because we are ignorant of the driving forces behind Russ Pearce’s Law.
Ultimately, each community needs to decide if they want to leave something for future generations that corrupts the very essence of what's American - this faith in justice and equality, and the exceptionally high value we place on freedom. To us, the private prison industry should be an utter abhorrence. We should be investing our resources in reducing crime AND incarceration rates - since prisons are still chambers of torture, and incubators of rage and violence.
We are not as brutal or greedy a people as our political and economic leaders represent us to be - they speak only for their own interests. I urge