Thursday, May 19, 2011

Immigrants for Sale: How the nationwide, multi-billion-dollar private prison system and right wing legislators exploit immigrants

It's common knowledge that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce are cozy with Arizona's private prison industry and that this relationship is related to the passage of SB1070-- Arizona's infamous anti-immigrant legislation and the growth of prisons managed by the Corrections Corporation of America.

Now Cuentame, a nationwide group, is calling attention to the nationwide movement to pass anti-immigrant legislation in other states and thus fuel the private prison industry with new inmates.

Immigrants are for sale in this country. Sold to private prison corporations who are locking them up for obscene profits!

Here are the top 3 things YOU need to know about the Private Prison money scheme:

The victims: Private prisons don't care about who they lock up. At a rate of $200 per immigrant a night at their prisons, this is a money making scheme that destroys families and lives.

The players: CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), The Geo Group and Management and Training corporations—combined these private prisons currently profit more than $5 billion a year.

The money: These private prisons have spent over $20 million lobbying state legislators to make sure they get state anti-immigrant laws approved and ensure access to more immigrant inmates.

How is all this possible? They profit from locking people up.

The US needs comprehensive immigration... and, I dare say, prison reform.

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