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Prison profiteers : who makes money from mass incarceration

Author: Tara Herivel; Paul Wright
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2009, ©2007.
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Synopsis: The astonishing range of industries, corporations, and individuals profiting from the imprisonment of over 2.3 million Americans. "Positive: With the baby boomlet demographics, we foresee increasing demand for juvenile [incarceration] services. Negative: ... it is often difficult to maintain the occupancy rates required for profitability."--A report produced for the private prison industry by investment  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tara Herivel; Paul Wright
ISBN: 9781595584540 1595584544
OCLC Number: 286490691
Description: xviii, 323 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction / by Tara Herivel --
pt. 1. The political economy of prisons --
Banking on the prison boom / Judith Greene --
Million-dollar blocks: the neighborhood costs of America's prison boom / Jennifer Gonnerman --
Doing borrowed time: the high cost of backdoor prison finance / Kevin Pranis --
Making the "bad guy" pay: growing use of cost shifting as an economic sanction / Kirsten D. Levingston --
Prisons, politics, and the census / Gary Hunter and Peter Wagner --
Don't build it here: the hype versus the reality of prisons and local employment / Clayton Mosher, Gregory Hooks, and Peter B. Wood --
The cultural commodification of prisons / Paul Wright --
pt. 2. The private prison industry --
Prison labor fuels American war machine / Ian Urbina --
On the inside with the American Correctional Association / Silja J.A. Talvi --
Jails for Jesus / Samantha M. Shapiro --
Florida's private prison industry corporation under siege / David M. Reutter --
pt. 3. Making out like bandits --
Behind closed doors: privatized prisons for youth / Tara Herivel --
Sick on the inside: correctional HMOs and the coming prison plague / Wil S. Hylton --
Private health care in jails can be a death sentence / Paul von Zielbauer --
The riot academy: guards stage mock prison riots to test the latest high-tech gear / Jennifer Gonnerman --
Mapping the prison telephone industry / Steven J. Jackson --
Shocked and stunned: the growing use of tasers / Anne-Marie Cusac --
For-profit transportation companies: taking prisoners and the public for a ride / Alex Friedmann.
Responsibility: edited by Tara Herivel and Paul Wright.
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Synopsis: The astonishing range of industries, corporations, and individuals profiting from the imprisonment of over 2.3 million Americans. "Positive: With the baby boomlet demographics, we foresee increasing demand for juvenile [incarceration] services. Negative: ... it is often difficult to maintain the occupancy rates required for profitability."--A report produced for the private prison industry by investment analysts First Analysis Securities Corporation. Locking up 2.3 million people isn't cheap. Each year federal, state, and local governments spend over $185 billion annually in tax dollars to ensure that one out of every 137 Americans is imprisoned. Prison Profiteers looks at the private prison companies, investment banks, churches, guard unions, medical corporations, and other industries and individuals that benefit from this country's experiment with mass imprisonment. It lets us follow the money from public to private hands and exposes how monies formerly designated for the public good are diverted to prisons and their maintenance. Find out where your tax dollars are going as you help to bankroll the biggest prison machine the world has ever seen. Contributors include: Judy Greene on private prison giants Geo (formerly Wackenhut) and CCA; Anne-Marie Cusac on who sells electronic weapons to prison guards; David Lapido on how private corporations profit from prison labor; Wil S. Hylton on the largest prison health care provider; Ian Urbina on how prison labor supports the military; Kirsten Levingston on the privatization of public defense; Jennifer Gonnerman on the costs to neighborhoods from which prisoners are removed; Kevin Pranis on the banks and brokerage houses that finance prison building; and Silja Talvi on the American Correctional Association as a tax-funded lobbyist for professional prison bureaucracies.

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