Private Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor

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I can’t lie, I did a double take when I read this story. Then I did a bunch of research to make sure it was true. Then I shook my head. I hate that I didn’t know this as I’m sure you will as well.

For those of us who aren’t (or weren’t) in the know, privately run prisons have become an “industry”. Government agencies sign contracts which guarantee a minimum occupancy or quota of prisoners; contracts are normally ten year contracts that are renewable for another ten years and they require 70-100 (typically) percent occupancy. This means if they only have 64 percent of their beds filled, the state has to pay them for the 70-100 percent that the contract stipulates. You can see that very quickly the process of locking people up, and keeping them there, becomes paramount for business.

And now, it has recently come to light that the private prison companies are accusing the state’s they have contracted with, of not keeping up their end of the bargain. You see, these prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free or  nearly free slave labor.

This labor is used for a variety of trades, like making uniforms for restaurants (like McDonalds and Applebee’s). However, as crime drops there aren’t enough people to do the work. When that happens production goes down and that means less money.

Here’s the even bigger kicker: slavery was never actually abolished in the United States. It is still completely legal as “punishment for a crime”, according to the 13th amendment to the Constitution.

Here USA Today explains:

“Ratified at the end of the Civil War, the amendment abolished slavery, with one critical exception: Slavery and involuntary servitude actually remain lawful “as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” In other words, according to this so-called punishment clause, if you get pulled over with the wrong controlled substance in your trunk, there’s nothing in the 13th Amendment to ensure you can’t be considered a slave of the state.

The punishment clause was taken directly from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and reflected the belief of the time that hard work was essential to prisoners’ moral rehabilitation. But the language was also ambiguous enough to be grossly abused. Soon, the clause was being used to reinstitute slavery under another guise.”

There are more black men in prison or jail and on probation or parole currently, than were enslaved in 1850- before the Civil War even began. Given that prisons are using free labor and demanding that the prisons stay full, has anything changed? Does this mean that judges are handing out more sentences than they need to, or being extra harsh, just to fill quotas?

If this bothers you, don’t stay silent. Forward this story. Call your senators. Remember, your voice is strong.

XO- Erin

Source: Counter Current News and USA Today

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17 COMMENTS

  1. @Med1again:disqus Actually it does bother you and affect you. Whether you want it to or not, as you pay taxes (HIGH taxes) because of the billions and billions we taxpayers spend on housing 80% drug addicts in the military industrial prison system (millions who are non violent crimes) THEN to add insult to injury we pay millions (or billions) more which has been proven because when they take away the father from the family- the family goes on assistance. Men are locked up, can’t work or take care of kids, so we pay for the man in prison and the wife and children. Or the other way around if it’s a mom. So yep, it bothers you and me and every citizen not in prison who pay taxes and the children who don’t have a dad or mom simply (in MOST cases) because of a non violent drug crime. Even if you’re down with all that and those kids being left without a parent doesn’t bother you or a broken system doesn’t bother you. it does bother your pocketbook. That’s why your taxes are so high. That and the neverending wars which are about the same thing. same scenario with a twist. (and the wars? They cost trillions)
    PS Watch this and see what you’ll learn! IT’S AMAZING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

  2. In the grand scheme of things, this remains very low on my list of concerns. I’d much rather see our monetary expenditures reduced by having illegal aliens return to their respective countries.

  3. You’re a privileged idiot. Perhaps someday if we’re lucky you will be imprisoned in error and you’ll get a taste for it. Plenty of people are in prison today for a crime they didn’t commit or a crime that most of us would have gotten parole for.

  4. Then it really boggles the mind why you would vote Republican. It’s a scientific and sociological mystery why you would undermine your own interests. Only a Republican would be so concerned about illegal aliens.

  5. I agree with this philosophy and should be applied to all logic. I don’t do anything illegal, so why should I care if they put cameras in my house in every room? I make millions, so why should I care if the middle class gets taxed an average of 1/2 their paycheck? It is hard to see people turn on each other. DId you also not care when the DA back east was found guilty of putting children in kids prison in order to make a profit off the prison system? It’s happening all over, and you are a part of the problem. Turn a blind eye because you think it does not effect you. As Erin clearly stated for you, it effects us all. Grow a pair and stand up for others, even though you think you have nothing in common with them. Do it because it right, not cowardly.

  6. you had me until you dropped the “black men” on us…go anywhere on the west coast of usa , there are more hispanics than anyone else incarcerated in prison

  7. Wow. If you go to jail for a prolonged period of time it was for s reason and your kids are better off with you. Honestly I could care less if they work prisoners… Possibly the only long term honest work some have done. Government is notorious for making bad contract decisions which really should be what the article is about. Sentencing is not altered because of a state contract… And if you say it is then prove it. Show us the directive that mandates harsher penalties to fill prisons… And FYI that come from legislators… Seperation of powers and all. Besides the notoriously piss poor government contracting that is hamstrung by even worse government contract laws… I dint have a problem with prison labor nor is there anything other than conspiracy conjecture in the article. Move along folks… Nothing important to see here…

  8. The expression is “I couldn’t care less” and it’s a clear indication of the type of person you are. You lack character, compassion, and a general concern for your fellow man. When you find yourself in need of from other people if those traits you obviously lack you’ll realize the value not being a selfish asshole.

  9. Seriously liking the sending home illegals. I just wish to add most illegals are in the system using someone else name. Wish we would adapt other countries boarder closures and start killing those that enter illegally. You would see numbers drop drastically on those coming across and those in the US. Sending them back is almost the equivalent to a 300 round box in az. Way cheaper to use the 300 round box.

  10. You should be concerned about illegal aliens. Maybe your the privileged idiot. Well from what was said above and using a political party to try to make your point and insults valid. Go to school. Learn how to re buddle with a valid argument. Try doing something great for society and not post ignorant statements/comments. Do re search. Lol Republican. That was fucking hilariously sad.

  11. Hide behind your stupid name “mew.” Too ashamed to stand behind your opinions however irrelevant they may be? Learn how to spell “you’re” and “rebuttal” and perhaps your use of such a small lexicon can be forgiven.

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  • BohoBougie

    Thank you for this post. The prison industry is post-modern slavery.

  • Med1

    Doesn’t bother me a bit. Stay out of prison and it won’t be a problem for you either!

  • http://healthnutnews.megasitescript.com/ healthnutnews.megasitescript.com

    agree 100%!

  • http://healthnutnews.megasitescript.com/ healthnutnews.megasitescript.com

    @Med1again:disqus Actually it does bother you and affect you. Whether you want it to or not, as you pay taxes (HIGH taxes) because of the billions and billions we taxpayers spend on housing 80% drug addicts in the military industrial prison system (millions who are non violent crimes) THEN to add insult to injury we pay millions (or billions) more which has been proven because when they take away the father from the family- the family goes on assistance. Men are locked up, can’t work or take care of kids, so we pay for the man in prison and the wife and children. Or the other way around if it’s a mom. So yep, it bothers you and me and every citizen not in prison who pay taxes and the children who don’t have a dad or mom simply (in MOST cases) because of a non violent drug crime. Even if you’re down with all that and those kids being left without a parent doesn’t bother you or a broken system doesn’t bother you. it does bother your pocketbook. That’s why your taxes are so high. That and the neverending wars which are about the same thing. same scenario with a twist. (and the wars? They cost trillions)
    PS Watch this and see what you’ll learn! IT’S AMAZING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

  • Med1

    In the grand scheme of things, this remains very low on my list of concerns. I’d much rather see our monetary expenditures reduced by having illegal aliens return to their respective countries.

  • RelocationQuotes

    Its getting more insane by the hour…

  • Michael Loebe

    You’re a privileged idiot. Perhaps someday if we’re lucky you will be imprisoned in error and you’ll get a taste for it. Plenty of people are in prison today for a crime they didn’t commit or a crime that most of us would have gotten parole for.

  • Med1

    Privileged? If you only knew…

  • Michael Loebe

    Then it really boggles the mind why you would vote Republican. It’s a scientific and sociological mystery why you would undermine your own interests. Only a Republican would be so concerned about illegal aliens.

  • Jimmy Dean

    I agree with this philosophy and should be applied to all logic. I don’t do anything illegal, so why should I care if they put cameras in my house in every room? I make millions, so why should I care if the middle class gets taxed an average of 1/2 their paycheck? It is hard to see people turn on each other. DId you also not care when the DA back east was found guilty of putting children in kids prison in order to make a profit off the prison system? It’s happening all over, and you are a part of the problem. Turn a blind eye because you think it does not effect you. As Erin clearly stated for you, it effects us all. Grow a pair and stand up for others, even though you think you have nothing in common with them. Do it because it right, not cowardly.

  • Dick Gozinya

    you had me until you dropped the “black men” on us…go anywhere on the west coast of usa , there are more hispanics than anyone else incarcerated in prison

  • Mildoc

    Wow. If you go to jail for a prolonged period of time it was for s reason and your kids are better off with you. Honestly I could care less if they work prisoners… Possibly the only long term honest work some have done. Government is notorious for making bad contract decisions which really should be what the article is about. Sentencing is not altered because of a state contract… And if you say it is then prove it. Show us the directive that mandates harsher penalties to fill prisons… And FYI that come from legislators… Seperation of powers and all. Besides the notoriously piss poor government contracting that is hamstrung by even worse government contract laws… I dint have a problem with prison labor nor is there anything other than conspiracy conjecture in the article. Move along folks… Nothing important to see here…

  • Michael Loebe

    The expression is “I couldn’t care less” and it’s a clear indication of the type of person you are. You lack character, compassion, and a general concern for your fellow man. When you find yourself in need of from other people if those traits you obviously lack you’ll realize the value not being a selfish asshole.

  • mew

    Seriously liking the sending home illegals. I just wish to add most illegals are in the system using someone else name. Wish we would adapt other countries boarder closures and start killing those that enter illegally. You would see numbers drop drastically on those coming across and those in the US. Sending them back is almost the equivalent to a 300 round box in az. Way cheaper to use the 300 round box.

  • mew

    You should be concerned about illegal aliens. Maybe your the privileged idiot. Well from what was said above and using a political party to try to make your point and insults valid. Go to school. Learn how to re buddle with a valid argument. Try doing something great for society and not post ignorant statements/comments. Do re search. Lol Republican. That was fucking hilariously sad.

  • mew

    Shhhhhhhut your mouth.
    You back peddled and backed someone elses argument. SMH

  • Michael Loebe

    Hide behind your stupid name “mew.” Too ashamed to stand behind your opinions however irrelevant they may be? Learn how to spell “you’re” and “rebuttal” and perhaps your use of such a small lexicon can be forgiven.