With approximately 34,348,883 people eating and sleeping in one place, one might think that this would cost a lot of money. The answer is yes and no. The prisons take millions of millions of dollars that could be used to fight poverty and hunger while promoting education. The prisoners work for next to nothing, in essence, Modernized Slavery. During the reconstruction, many ex-slaves were constantly kept in dept working on the plantations of their previous owners. Now however, men and women in prisons are forced to work for almost nothing. The prison system is also a way to keep the majority of the prisoners, which are African Americans and Latinos, out of the white communities. It can be seen as unspoken racism.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, “Over half of the general adult male population is nonwhite. But three of every four men in prison are nonwhite: 38% are Latino, 29% are African American, and 6% are of another race or ethnicity.”
The people who make money off of the Prison Industrial Complex are prison administrators and politicians secretly working with private parties to maximize profits at the expense of taxpayers, community health and, the 2.3 million inmates nationwide. The profits of many private companies depend on the promise of more and longer convictions.
The many "wars" our country wages against inanimate objects such as Crime, Drugs, Immigration, and Terrorism are effortlessly disguised forms of national and international racism. For the War on Drugs puts many people who have committed non-violent crimes behind bars; the majority being African American and Latino. People that illegally immigrate into the... [continues]
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