#WTWOF The Prison-Industrial Complex Uncaged!

In June 2015 a very suspicious prison break with an implausibly lengthy manhunt was reported out of New York State. The story line held that a prison worker who met one of the prisoners while in the prison hospital developed a romantic interest in him and helped him and his buddy escape. This happened to be a similar story line to one from a show I had been watching at the time called Prison Break. I found this fishy and wondered if it foreshadowed an infusion of federal cash into the prison-industrial complex. Perhaps prisons would be allowed to deteriorate or escapes would be allowed or even orchestrated to justify spending money on that system.

I observed when I lived in Dallas that Cowboys Stadium fell into disrepair just as Jerry Jones was lobbying for taxpayer subsidies to build a money-printing colossus. The fan-base taxpayer-base support surged as the stadium deteriorated. So when the nationally advertised prison break occurred, I remembered that neat trick for getting taxpayers to support massive spending projects and I’ve been watching ever since for more events garnering national attention that could be used to justify federal prison spending, or even lead to it directly.

Here are some of the stories I flagged since the New York break:

The Trouble with Kate’s Law

The legislation seeks to deter crime by undocumented immigrants, but it could end up dramatically swelling the U.S. prison population.

For more on the suspicious details of the Kate Steinle story, click here.

Justice Department rescinds order phasing out use of private prisons

How Jeff Sessions’ Mandatory Minimums Benefit Private Prisons

The attorney general rescinded the Obama administration’s policy to reduce drug offenders’ sentences.

Federal Prison Population Expected to Grow Under Trump

Increase is anticipated in prosecutions of illegal immigrants, drug offenders

Other escape stories…

2 corrections officers on leave after inmate’s prison escape in Rhode Island

California prison escape: Remaining two prisoners recaptured in San Francisco

The three prisoners escaped from Orange County Men’s Jail, near Santa Ana on January 22

3 inmates escape Oklahoma jail through ventilation system

Maryland prisoner serving 106-year sentence escapes from police as he’s transported to hospital

Prison escape leaves one deputy dead, another injured in Council Bluffs, Iowa

PRISON ESCAPE: Last escaped inmate arrested after van stolen in Minnesota

Inmate with face tattoos escapes Atlanta facility

Attempted prison escape raises concerns about working conditions (Lincoln, Illinois)

CAPTURED: 2 escaped Washington state inmates found not far from prison

And finally, in today’s news:

Sheriff: Georgia inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards

Why do I care? I became aware of how the private prison system worked many years ago. Cronyism and bribery are theft and truly make me sick, but in this industry it’s also murder in that it incarcerates people–takes their lives in effect–for a buck. Here’s an article about it, but there is much, much more to the corruption inherent in the prison-industrial complex than anyone has ever exposed.

Cops and Lawmakers Exposed in Massive $800m Private Prison Bribery Conspiracy

For further reading (h/t Ken):

The Cost of Georgia’s Private Prisons


NB: mandatory sentencing is the lifeblood of the prison-industrial complex

New mandatory prison sentence bill inspired by Stanford sexual assault heads to governor’s desk

Study Shows Private Prison Companies Use Influence to Increase Incarceration

Private Prisons Spend Millions On Lobbying To Put More People In Jail

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