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February 13, 2009

Imprisonment For Profit

-- by Dave Johnson

In Pennsylvania they caught two judges jailing kids for profit. Here's the scheme: Two privately-run detention centers are built. The judges make a deal with the companies, and order state juvenile detention facilities shut down for being in poor condition. Then they start sentencing lots of kids to serve jail time in the private facilities. Always jail time, for anything, an no lenience. The kids are taken away in shackles. The state gives money to the private facilities for taking the kids, and the judges get kickbacks.

We're talking about 5,000 kids.

See Judges Plead Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit

I think it would be a good idea to look into ALL situations of people of ALL ages being sentenced to any privately-run facility. There is a profit motive involved, and we have learned from the banks and from the Republican destruction of the economy what can happen when a profit motive is involved.

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 13, 2009 7:45 PM


Comments

This is the worst case of mass Child Abuse in this nation I have ever imagined let alone heard of.

I understand the sentence for one of the perps is 7 years. Why not Life times 5,000?

If you sexually abuse a child in this country you are finished. But it seems that if you ruin the lives of 5,000 children, then you get a slap on the wrist.

Where the is the media outrage?

I am so God Dammed angry over this I can't control myself.

We all must DEMAND JUSTICE, and now.

Posted by: BadGimp [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 13, 2009 11:09 PM

I've been saying this for years, since for-profit prisons were introduced. More prisoners mean more profits. And by that standard, those judges were merely exercising their right to make profits, so why is that bad? Ayn Rand would be proud!

BadGimp said above, "Where's the media outrage?"

See the post above this one about the fairness doctrine. And add to that Oprah's getting sued for 'disparaging beef'. The media would never make a big stink about the prison scheme because that would interfere with profits!

These judges are good capitalists. This is exactly the proper results when the government does away with regulations.

Regulations are to corporate entities what laws are to humans. Demanding the elimination of regulation is exactly the same as revoking all laws.

Posted by: Comrade Rutherford [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2009 9:39 PM

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